Hilton was in training camp with Bengals in 2012, and was signed to practice squad for playoffs ... Originally signed as college free agent in May, and played in three preseason games ... Played two seasons at Indiana State after spending time in junior college ranks.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as college free agent on 5-2-12 ... Waived on 8-29-12 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 1-1-13 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-7-13.
2012 RECAP: Played in games 1-3 of preseason after signing with Bengals as college free agent ... Had one reception for 30 yards, on Aug. 23 vs. Green Bay ... On practice squad for Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
COLLEGE: Played in 2009-10 at Indiana State after transferring from Butte Community College (Oroville, Calif.) ... Totaled 72 catches and 1124 yards at Indiana State ... As a senior, led Indiana State in catches (32) and receiving yards (540), and had four TDs ... As a junior, started 11 games and logged 40 catches, 684 receiving yards and seven TDs, earning All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors, as well as being named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team ... Named Butte College’s Wide Receiver of the Year in 2008, as he caught 25 passes for 620 yards and eight TDs, and helped lead his team to a National Junior College Championship.
PERSONAL: Born in Baltimore, Md., but hometown is Kissimmee, Fla. ... Attended Harmony High School in Kissimmee, Fla., where he was a three-year letterman ... All-county and all-Central Florida selections in his junior and senior prep seasons (first-team in both as a senior) ... Also lettered three times in prep track and field and two times in basketball ... Majored in criminology at Indiana State.
The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.
The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.