There are an impressive twenty-four (24) Bearcats currently on NFL rosters. It’s really a testament to how far this program his come since beginning play on the big stage just a short time ago. Don’t expect that trend to slow down anytime soon with the way Coach Jones develops his players. It’s been widely known that Jones teaches his players to be in the best physical and mental shape to prepare them for the world beyond college athletics. It is that kind of maturity that has drawn more and more NFL Scouts to pay attention to Cincinnati Bearcat players. As a result, the NFL is getting chock full of guys repping the C-Paw.
Below is a list of how some former Bearcats did in their first weeks of preseason action.
Derek Wolfe: The Denver Broncos DE/DT was a monster on Thursday racking up a pair of sacks and a TFL in his debut against the Chicago Bears.
Mardy Gilyard: The most electric player to ever play for the Bearcats has had a tumultuous couple of seasons in the NFL but hauled in beautiful 44 yard touchdown pass against the Steelers Thursday night. He also returned a punt for 14 yards. Maybe things are finally turning for the better for Mardy.
Monte Taylor: Recorded a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers, essentially continuing his playmaking role that made him so dangerous along the Bearcat defensive line.
J.K. Schaffer: Had a the third-most tackles for the Jaguars on Friday night with three. Since he was an undrafted player, piling up stats like this will only making him a stronger candidate to survive roster cuts.
John Hughes: Picked up two tackles, one of which was behind the line of scrimmage, against the Lions. Still showing how much of a run stuffer he is, I see…
Armon Binns: The former Bearcat star has been climbing the depth chart with the Cincinnati Bengals and ran with the 2′s Friday night. He hauled in two passes for 24 yards, further securing his roster spot.
Kevin Huber: Golden Leg was against flipping the field for Cincinnati, averaging 41.7 yards per punt and booting two inside the 20-yard line.
Conner Barwin: Notched a tackle against the Carolina Panthers.
Haruki Nakamura: Tallied four tackles for his news team, the Panthers, against the Texans.
Isaiah Pead: The UC superstar had a rough start fumbling a handoff (which St. Louis recovered) and fumbling again a couple of series later. But Pead eventually got his feet under him and wound up with 33 yards on the ground and another 9 yards receiving. The important part is that he split reps with incumbent Steven Jackson which bodes well for his playing time this Fall.
Ricardo Mathews: Had a couple of tackles against the Rams on Sunday afternoon.
Brandon Underwood: Three tackles in a defensive struggle (read: bore) against the Dallas Cowboys.