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Bengals hire former Falcons scout Mike Potts to join scouting team

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Mike Potts will fill the void in the scouting department left by Robert Livingston, who was promoted earlier this offseason. Potts has experience in both the NFL and Arena Football League.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday they've hired Mike Potts as a scout in the Player Personnel department.

The Bengals hired Potts to fill the void left by Robert Livingston’s move to the coaching staff as a Defensive Quality Control/Special Teams Assistant. Livingston was previously a scout for Cincinnati, the role which Potts will now assume.

Potts' most recent NFL job was with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked for four years, including the last two as a college area scout. He covered states from the Mid-Atlantic to the Midwest region of the country in 2014, after scouting the Northeast in 2013. He spent his first two years with the Falcons as a scouting assistant.

Potts is a native of Middletown, Delaware and attended The College of William & Mary, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Potts played quarterback for four seasons at William & Mary, and prior to arriving in Atlanta, he played pro football for three years. He signed as a college free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, who later released him that fall and also spent time playing in the Arena Football League, most recently for the Tampa Bay Storm.