COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 5: Dan Herron #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free for a 48-yard run in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers to set up a field goal at Ohio Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Dan Herron, Cincinnati's final selection during the 2012 NFL draft, ended up being the Bengals lone draft selection at running back during a draft that many expected a little more urgency in regards to need. Some might say that Herron was a throw-away pick, not unlike Jay Finley during last year's seventh round.
When Lewis was asked about Herron, he deflected because rookie minicamp isn't so much about proving one's talent, as it is coaches teaching the playbook and coaching technique.
"Dan has some ability. You're talking about a running back, and they don’t get tackled (in a minicamp). He has to learn to get to the right spots in protections, and things like that that will come. I don’t know that you're going to get a lot of evaluation from me spouting off about (any) running back right now, because the running back's job is to make people miss, ultimately."
Herron's opportunity on the 53-man roster, most likely, will go through special teams with a competitive battle against Cedric Peerman. With BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard Scott expecting to get the bulk of the team's carries, it would appear highly unlikely that Herron will get many opportunities on offense.