Bengals Legend Ken Riley Reached Out To Onterio McCalebb


Cincinnati Bengals legend Ken Riley reached out to Onternio McCalebb when deciding to make a position switch from running back to cornerback.

Though I personally hold higher regard for Lamar Parrish, in terms of production throughout the 70s, former Bengals cornerback Ken Riley is still a legend. No non-quarterback has played more seasons or played more games. His 65 career interceptions nearly doubles Louis Breeden, who is second in franchise history with 33. In fact, Riley holds virtually every interception record in franchise history.

He's good. He'll be remembered. His place in Bengals history is firmly settled.

Recently, Riley reached out Onterio McCalebb regarding his switch from running back to cornerback, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

McCalebb figures to make the 53-man roster through special teams (or not at all).

"When you've got a guy with top-end speed like that, we're going to give him a chance to display it in a variety of ways," special teams coach Darrin Simmons said of McCalebb. "We'll try him returning, as well as being a gunner and covering. The one thing you can't coach is speed. He was a very productive back at Auburn. He returned kickoffs, but that was one of the least things he did. He played a lot from scrimmage, but there just aren't a lot 168-pound NFL backs."

McCalebb spent Friday going back to basics with Bengals secondary coach Mark Carrier.

"I learned some stuff I never knew from Coach Carrier," McCalebb said.

As expected the toughest thing for a running back-turned-cornerback in his first 90 minutes was trying to play backward smoothly as McCalebb struggled with technique.

"The backpedal. When you open up and turn, you keep your shoulders down," he said. "There's another practice today and I'll just work on the mistakes I made and learn the calls. I haven't played it in some years, but I'm going to compete out there."

(Anthony Cosenza contributed to this report)

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