First-year player looks to land a spot in Bengals rotation at WR ... Spent time in 2011 preseason with San Diego before being waived, and was signed late in season to Bengals practice squad, where he closed the season and postseason.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with San Diego as a college free agent on 7-27-11 ... Waived by Chargers on 8-31-11 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 12-27-11 ... Signed 1-9-12 to Bengals offseason roster.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in two Chargers preseason games (no statistics) ... Signed to Bengals practice squad after Game 15, where he spent the remainder of regular season and postseason.
COLLEGE: Began his college career at Southern California from 2006-08, totaling 57 catches for 586 yards and four TDs ... Transferred to University of Cincinnati and began play in 2010, but suffered knee injury in first game at UC, the 2010 season opener at Fresno State, causing him to miss remainder of season ... Majored in sociology at both USC and UC.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Staten Island, N.Y. ... Attended Moore Catholic High School ... Spent 2005-06 academic year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... Favorite hobby is bowling, and also enjoys music, video games and comedic movies ... First name is pronounced “vee-DAL” (second syllable rhymes with “pal”).NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Hazelton did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, one of the more gregarious Bengals, has been running first team with the chatty Adam Jones in the first three noisy practices of this training camp on a very energetic corner. But he wants a lot more than that. Like a Captain’s jersey.
It looks like the Bengals dodged disaster Sunday when Michael Johnson hurt his knee...The defense had its way when they donned shoulder pads and the offense looks for pay back in a 3 p.m. Monday practice in full pads.
Now with the tackles in the best shape of their careers, all five offensive line starters intact, Jitterbug Giovani Bernard healthy, and Jeremy Hill vowing to become a leader in the Andrew Whitworth mold, the Bengals have the ability to smash their way back to a fifth straight playoff berth as the pads came on for the first time Sunday.
NFL Media's Stacey Dales sits down with Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and talks about how the team can get over the hump this season.
A.J. Green discusses the changes in the Bengals' offense, his goals for this season and his relationship with quarterback Andy Dalton.