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Third-round pick in 2013 draft played his first season as a starter in 2016, filling SS role ... Missed Game 11 due to hamstring injury, ending a streak of 61 straight games played (including postseason) to open his Bengals career, but he returned to start Games 12-16 ... Tied for team lead in INTs (three) and third in tackles (81) ... Led team in special teams tackles as a rookie.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2013 NFL Draft (84th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-24-13 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 5-17-16.
2016 general: Started at SS in Games 1-10 and 12-16 ... Inactive for Game 11 due to hamstring injury ... Ranked third on team in tackles (81), tied for the team lead in INTs (three), with five passes defensed and a sack ... His eight QB hits led secondary and tied for fourth on team.
2016 game-by-game: Tied for second on team in tackles (six) on Sept. 11 at Jets and had one QB hit ... Five tackles and a QB hit on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh ... Five tackles and a pass defensed Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Team-high nine tackles (tied for his season high) on Oct. 16 at New England ... Logged five tackles, as well as a four-yard sack of Kevin Hogan, on Oct. 23 vs. Cleveland ... Also vs. Cleveland, had a 14-yard INT but fumbled ball back to Browns during return ... Second on team in tackles (nine) on Oct. 30 vs. Washington in London ... Two tackles Nov. 20 vs. Buffalo, but exited in second quarter with hamstring injury ... Had his second INT of season Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia, picking off Carson Wentz pass deflected by George Iloka in fourth quarter ... Eight tackles Dec. 18 vs. Pittsburgh ... Thwarted a first-and-goal chance from the two for Baltimore on Jan. 1, intercepting Joe Flacco pass in end zone to protect 17-3 second-quarter lead ... Seven tackles vs. Ravens.
Previous seasons: 2013—Had seven of his team-leading 14 special teams tackles over the final six games ... Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Two tackles on defense Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets ... Tipped a Spencer Lanning punt Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, with ball traveling only nine yards, and offense responded with 38-yard TD drive for 14-13 lead ... Also had two special teams tackles vs. Cleveland ... Two special teams tackles on Dec. 1 at San Diego, and again had two on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... One special teams stop in Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego. 2014—Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff, seeing action primarily on special teams ... Ranked tied for third in special teams tackles (nine), and also had a special teams fumble recovery ... On Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland, had one special teams tackle and a recovery of a Jim Leonhard fumble on a punt return ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, teamed with LB Rey Maualuga in stopping Saints FB Erik Lorig on fourth-and-goal play from the one ... One special teams tackle in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis. 2015—Made game-changing play with his first pro INT on Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh, snagging Ben Roethlisberger pass with diving catch at Pittsburgh 45 in fourth quarter, setting up Bengals’ game-deciding TD drive ... Played in Games 1-16, with four starts, and in Wild Card playoff ... In regular season, had 28 tackles, two INTs, five total passes defensed and four special teams tackles ... On Dec. 20 at San Francisco, ended a 49ers threat in fourth quarter with INT of Blaine Gabbert pass at Bengals one ... Four tackles and a pass defensed Dec. 28 at Denver ... Five tackles (one for loss) Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore ... Five tackles and pass defensed in Wild Card playoff vs. Pittsburgh.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Georgia ... Rose to team captain status and was known as “quarterback of the defense” ... Played 13 or 14 games each season, and 27 of his 30 starts came in his last two campaigns ... Totaled 209 career tackles, including 170 over last two seasons, and had 23 special teams stops ... His run-stuffing ability was such that coaches started him at inside LB for one game as junior ... Ranked second on team with 98 tackles as senior, helping lead Bulldogs to 12-2 season and Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska ... Allowed only 16 completions in 62 passes into his area as senior ... Twice voted team’s True Grit Award at conclusion of spring practice.
Personal: Hometown is Damascus, Ga. ... Attended Early County High School in Blakely, Ga., where he played S, WR and LB ... Earned First-Team Class AA All-State honors from Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior, despite playing on a team that struggled to a 1-9 record ... Lettered in prep basketball as a power forward and center ... Consumer Economics major at Georgia.