Hometown: Lancaster, CA
NFL Experience: 4
The Cincinnati Bengals entered the offseason with a need at cornerback, and they helped fill that void by signing R.J. Stanford. A fourth-year player, Stanford signed with the Bengals after playing in 13 games last season with the Miami Dolphins.
Though he rarely touched the field on defense, Stanford notched five special teams tackles, though he missed the last three games of season with an ankle injury. He was active for 12 games last year and 15 in 2012 because of his consistency on special teams.
According to Pro Football Focus, Stanford played 26 defensive snaps in 2013 and registered a +1.0 grade. He played 149 snaps in 2012 and had a -4.9 grade.
A defensive back by way of Utah, Stanford played for the Dolphins the previous two seasons after two years with the Carolina Panthers. He has 39 career tackles, one pass deflection and one interception. He's been a career backup and special-teamer who only figures to add depth behind Adam Jones, Terence Newman, Darqueze Dennard, Leon Hall (once healthy) and Dre Kirkpatrick.
Stanford began his college career as a running back before transitioning to the cornerback position midway through his freshman year. He ran a 4.29 40-time in college and played nickleback most of his collegiate career.
At 5'10" and 190 pounds, he figures to be just that for the Bengals, especially if Hall opens the year on PUP. Hall has transitioned to the slot primarily over the past few years, so Stanford could help there.