Cincinnati was leading 14-13 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter on Sunday when they played the San Diego Chargers. The Bengals had first down from the Chargers' 46-yard line. Andrew Whitworth shifted right, dropping into a three-point stance to the outside of Andre Smith's outside shoulder. Rookie Jake Fisher played tackle-eligible outside of Clint Boling's left shoulder. What happened next was unexpected.
Fisher, a high school tight end, admits to being a fan of former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson.
"I was an Ocho guy. It’s kind of funny I’m here," Fisher said via Bengals.com. "He just captivated his audience. He was the best at what he did. He made great plays. He was a fun entertainer to watch. I think the time he proposed to a cheerleader was pretty funny. The Hall of Fame jacket was a classic. He does it all. It was fun. He was a six-time (Pro Bowler) for a reason."
Fisher played 11 percent of the Bengals' offensive downs on Sunday and got in on more action than any other rookie. The Bengals may be wise to continue using him on more plays like this one.
As Bengals.com notes, Fisher is now only 750 receptions away from tying Johnson's franchise-leading 751 receptions.