Undrafted Free Agent Quarterback Tyler Hansen Impresses Jay Gruden

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Tyler Hansen #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

With all the talk surrounding quarterback Tony Pike returning to Cincinnati in an attempt to re-ignite an NFL career stalled by elbow surgeries, the Bengals have been fairly impressed with undrafted free agent Tyler Hansen out of Colorado. Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden remarked on his impressions with Hansen from this weekend.

"He throws the deep ball extremely well. He reads his progressions. He's made some outstanding throws and he can move in the pocket. He's very accurate," Gruden said.

Hansen completed 231 of 412 passes (56.1 percent) during his final season in Colorado, registering 2,883 yards passing, 20 touchdowns against 11 interceptions for a passer rating of 125.5. Initial scouting reports like this National Football Post article, suggest he's undersized (despite being 6-1 and nearly 220 pounds), "lacks a big arm and struggles with pressure."

If Hansen continues impressing the coaching staff, there's a realistic chance that he could compete for the third-string quarterback spot against Zac Robinson.

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