The Cincinnati Bengals hosted 19 players during this weekend's rookie mini-camp who were there during the five workouts to try out for one of the 90 slots on the Bengals' off season roster. Two of those players, fullback Jourdan Brooks and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, impressed coaches enough to be offered contracts.
Brooks is out of Morgan State. He'll be brought in to compete for time with incumbent fullback Chris Pressley and practice squad player James Develin. It's common for NFL teams to bring a surplus of running backs to training camp to limit the reps of projected starters and expose them to less wear and tear. Fullback is one of those positions, however, where undrafted players often make a name for themselves in camp. Neither Pressley nor Develin were drafted players.
Lamur, from Kansas State, caught Marvin Lewis' eye early on during the mini-camp. The Bengals are trying to build depth at the linebacker position, and backups there are always top prospects for special teams duty.
One player who was not offered a contract was former University of Cincinnati quarterback, Tony Pike. Pike was invited to camp after being cut by Carolina.
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