clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

LaVelle Westbrooks playing in the slot during Bengals OTAs

New, comments
Joe Robbins

The Bengals have wrapped up the latest round of OTAs, and they'll hit the field again June 10-12 for their mandatory minicamp. During these offseason workouts, rookies and seldom-used reserves will be getting more snaps than they will in training camp and the preseason.

NFL teams tend to have a good feel on what they have in their veterans, so they want to give younger players a chance to showcase themselves more to earn more reps in training camp, more snaps in preseason games and possibly a spot on the 53-man roster.

Leon Hall is one of the game's best slot-cornerbacks, but while he's rehabbing from another torn Achilles, Darqueze Dennard has been the primary slot-corner in OTAs.

When he comes out, it's been seventh-rounder LaVelle Westbrooks and Chris Lewis-Harris have been getting snaps there. Lewis-Harris is entering his third year with e Bengals after spending most of the past two seasons on the practice squad.

Drafted out of Georgia Southern as cornerback/safety combo player, Westbrooks needs to have a good showing in the preseason to make the roster.

In just 10 starts in his senior season, Westbrooks registered 37 tackles, seven pass-breakups and two interceptions.

Lv_medium

Assuming the Bengals keep Hall, Dennard, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkptrick, there's room for just 1-2 more corners on the 53-man roster.

Westbrooks, Lewis-Harris, R.J.Stanford and Onterio McCalebb figure to be fighting for those spots.