HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans is unable to make a catch against cornerback Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Bengals cornerback Nate Clements spent time during Wednesday's practice at strong safety, writes ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley. Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles are currently listed on the team's website as the the first and second team strong safeties. When Clements moved to safety, apparently during nickel situations, Hensley observed that Leon Hall covered the slot receiver while Adam Jones and Terence Newman covered the wide receivers at corner.
Clements is fine with the move:
"Whatever coach wants me to do and asks me to do, I have to make sure as a player that I know my responsibilities and know all the positions," he said. "As a cornerback, I learned early on to study all the positions in the defensive secondary so I would know where my help is and when I'm able to take that calculated risk. The difference is now I'm playing the positions."
Though it's likely that the team is just exploring possible formations and personnel packages, it's possible that Cincinnati wants to get more out of a position that hasn't been entirely immersed with praise. However Newman has also had a good offseason workout and training camp, so getting him on the field could be an indirect though desirable goal.