Defensive end Will Clarke is entering his second season with the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him in the third-round in the 2014 NFL draft. Without many opportunities, Clarke was only able to generate two quarterback pressures (one against the Titans, the other against the Steelers) on 41 pass rushes (he had 69 total snaps, 26 were against the run and two more were in coverage).
With Margus Hunt recovering from a back strain, Clarke, who gained 20 pounds of mass over the last year, has absorbed his snaps during spring practices. This is an important development considering Michael Johnson has returned and Wallace Gilberry will return to his more productive role as a rotation pass rusher. Opportunities for others will be extraordinarily limited.
Hunt momentarily spoke with the media this week about team focus and conditioning.
The Bengals broke minicamp on Thursday, leading to a five week vacation that ends when the Bengals report for training camp on July 30 and begin work on July 31. What's Clarke planning to do during over his vacation? "I’m just going keep working out. I hate the process of getting back into shape," Clarke said. "So I’m going to keep it going and probably take a couple of days to recover."