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A fourth-round Bengals draft selection in 2016, Billings saw his first pro action in ’17, after a knee injury (meniscus tear) he suffered early in the team’s ’16 training camp sidelined him for his entire rookie season ... Played in 15 games in 2017, with seven starts at NT, and totaled 13 tackles (nine solos)... Known for his weightlifting prowess, he was dubbed “College Football’s Strongest Player” by NFL.com in early ’16 ... Earned first-team All-American honors (AP) as a junior at Baylor in 2015, as well as Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and conference Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2016 NFL Draft (122nd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-25-16.
2017 highlights: Played in 15 games with seven starts ... All seven starts came at NT in final eight games ... Inactive Dec. 24 vs. Detroit (coach’s decision) ... Finished season with 13 tackles, including nine solos and two TFLs ... Had four tackles (three solos) Nov. 12 at Tennessee ... Had four tackles (two solos) Dec. 10 vs. Chicago, including a tackle for loss that pushed Bears inside own five-yard line.
Previous seasons: 2016—Suffered season-ending knee injury (meniscus tear) in practice on Aug. 10; placed on Reserve/Injured on Aug. 30.
College: Played three seasons (2013-15) at Baylor, seeing actions in 36 games, and 25 of his 27 starts came over his last two seasons ... Did not play a position conducive to high tackling numbers, but 30 of his career 106 stops were TFLs ... Started 12 games in ’15 for 10-3 club that ended season with victory over North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl ... Fifteen of his 40 tackles in ’15 were TFLs, including career-best 5.5 sacks, earning unanimous first-team All-Big 12 ... Started 13 games in ’14 for 11-2 team that won Big 12 championship ... Consensus first-team all-conference in first year as starter ... Made debut as true freshman in ’13 for 11-2 team, playing in 11 games (two starts).