The Bengals coaching staff is welcoming three coaches to work with the team as interns in the 2016 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching fellowship program.
This year's Bengals coaching interns are:
-Chris Crocker, who spent 12 NFL seasons as a safety with Cleveland, Atlanta, Miami, and Cincinnati. He spent six seasons with the Bengals (2008-2013), appearing in 71 games, with 56 starts. He compiled eight INTs and 34 passes defensed in his six seasons with Cincinnati. He is working during OTAs and next week's minicamp, and he will return in July for a portion of training camp.
-Cornell Brown, currently co-defensive coordinator at Norfolk State. Brown spent seven NFL seasons as a linebacker for Baltimore. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis as his defensive coordinator. He was formerly an assistant defensive line coach at Virginia Tech. He is working during minicamp and OTAs.
-Kenny Ray, assistant head coach/offensive line at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. Ray played center in college at Southern Mississippi, where he was a teammate of NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Prior to Gardner-Webb, Ray had 12 seasons of coaching experience, including stints at Tennessee State, Howard, Alabama State, North Carolina A&T and Samford. Ray will work with the Bengals in training camp.
Two current Bengals coaches, Lewis and Jacob Burney (defensive line), formerly were interns in the program.
"This program helped me get ahead as a coach," Lewis said, "and its great to see it continue as strong as it is. Doing this each year is a good experience for our full-time coaches as well as for the interns."
Cincinnati Bengals host OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium practice fields 6/7/2016