As the Bengals continue their OTAs, tight end Jake Murphy is someone who's managed to stand out on multiple occasions.
Murphy, a 2014 undrafted free agent out of Utah, has caught the of Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson several times during pad-less practices.Murphy has managed to stand out even with Tyler Eifert, third-rounder Tyler Kroft and fifth-rounder C.J. Uzomah on the same field:
Best hands of young TEs today: Jake Murphy.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) June 9, 2015
Murphy declared for the 2014 draft as a junior, and CBS Sports even projected him as a fifth-round pick. After going undrafted, Murphy signed with Oakland and was waived on Aug. 30. He was on the Miami practice squad from Sept. 30 through Oct. 28. He was then waived and in November 2014 added to the Bengals practice squad. The Bengals signed Murphy to a futures deal in January.
Watching some of his college highlights, it's easy to see there's some talent there that may be coming to light in Cincinnati:
Still, Murphy is facing an uphill battle just to make it onto the team's practice squad, but it's good to see him performing well in OTAs thus far.