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Nickerson saw an expanded role in the Bengals’ linebacker rotation in his second season, playing in all 16 games (seven starts) and seeing action on 538 of 1129 possible snaps (47.7 percent) ... Totaled 54 tackles (sixth on team), with a PD and FF ... Also a regular contributor on special teams, he saw action on 46 percent of ST snaps and had three tackles ... As a rookie CFA in 2017, Nickerson made Cincinnati’s active roster out of training camp and played in 14 games ... Finished rookie season with 14 tackles on defense, and four on special teams ... Son of former NFL LB Hardy Nickerson Sr., a five-time Pro-Bowler who played with Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Green Bay.
We haven’t seen Teryl Austin much at all this offseason, his first as the Bengals defensive coordinator. But when he surfaced late Friday night in the media room with three of his position coaches from all three levels of his defense, it was a little bit clearer how he plans to take them to the next level.
Defense throws it back to look ahead
This is how it used to look back in the day. The NFL’s best quarterbacks would waltz into Paul Brown Stadium and leave with not only a loss, but a bruised passer rating courtesy of the Double A Gap blitz and a Velcro secondary. In Sunday's 26-17 win over Matthew Stafford's Lions the Bengals defense looked to the future with a blast from the past.
'Same kind of guys' meet at Heinz
Don’t look now, but the Bengals-Steelers rivalry isn’t as ancient you think when the two brandish their swords Sunday (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Heinz Field. A total of 21 Bengals have never played a scrimmage snap in the storied series and that includes potential starters in linebackers Nick Vigil and Kevin Minter, right guards T.J. Johnson and Trey Hopkins, and cornerback William Jackson, as well as kicker Randy Bullock. Those six, as well as seven more figure to get significant snaps from scrimmage or special teams, or both, in Pittsburgh:
D-line as in deja vu
Déjà vu is running through the Bengals defense like the Double A Gap Blitz they brought to the NFL a few years back. Start with mirror image third-round picks eight years apart in taciturn right ends lean on words and long on talent and Michael Johnson and Jordan Willis are at the heart of the nostalgia craze up front.