Marvin Lewis offers praise for cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Lewis-Harris facing an extremely difficult camp battle for the one of the few vacancies remaining in the secondary.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was a late edition last year when rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was dealing with his pre-camp injury (which hung around throughout the season). Though at the time a street free agent when he signed right before training camp opened in '12, Lewis-Harris wasn't just capable and serviceable in his role as a "camp body", he was eventually promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster in December.

His goal? Do the same thing this year, but only make the 53-man roster earlier. And Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is taking notice.

"He's just done a great job," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "It was like the Washington Generals, with him and A.J. every day in practice and now look at him. Look at him now! He's become a decent guy, who could be your fifth or sixth corner. He could be a sixth corner on an NFL team."

It'll be tough.

Especially on Cincinnati's roster, already finding strength in numbers at cornerback. Figure that the top-five players are locked-in, starting with Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Brandon Ghee. But a sixth cornerback? That would assume that the Bengals are going with four safeties, and if that's the case, you're looking at someone like Jeromy Miles missing the cut. For a player valuable on special teams, that would speak volumes for Lewis-Harris.

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