The Cincinnati Bengals invited over 20 players to Bengals rookie minicamp for a tryout; though a significant road to make the squad, an opportunity existed for those players. There are camps that no tryout players are signed, others feature at least one, sometimes as many as three.
Cincinnati offered a contract to Stanford defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, according to Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
So there will be at least one #bengals tryout player who has been offered a contract -- DT Terrence Stephens— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) May 12, 2013
Now we should point out that offering a contract isn't the same as signing a contract; if a contract is signed, it won't be announced by the team until Monday. Cincinnati, having 90 players on the current roster, will need to make a corresponding move to give Stephens a roster spot.
Stephens, who generated 34 reps at 225 pounds at Stanford's Pro Day, missed his final collegiate game against Wisconsin during the Rose Bowl due to a "secondary violation of NCAA rules related to his rental of off-campus housing." Stephens also missed the final regular season game of the season and the PAC-12 championship game due to a "personal problem".
Despite that, this kid appears to have a strong head on his shoulders. Per USA Today:
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Stephens has been one of Stanford's most vocal leaders. He anchors the defensive line's run package, often clogging the middle to free up teammates to fill the gaps — and not usually his own statistics.
Stephens has 10 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble this season. He also forced the win-clinching fumble by Curtis McNeal in Stanford's 56-48 victory in triple overtime at Southern California last year.
Even with the issues he faced at the end of the season last year, Stephens became his team's biggest cheerleader.
"I love my team and the work we've all put in to get to this point," Stephens wrote on Twitter. "My situation is irrelevant. Go to the Rose Bowl and cheer on a great team."
Stephens recently returned to his high school, Quince Orchard, talking with the football team about the word "potential".
"In my eyes, potential is what you haven’t done, with those blessings, those abilities," Stephens said later in a telephone interview. "Potential for me has never been a good word. It’s something that I’ve used as motivation."