Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth is warming up to the pups. Despite an uncharacteristic outburst following the 2015 NFL draft (here, here, and of course, the incident) when Cincinnati selected offensive tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher in the opening rounds, Whitworth immediately began establishing himself as a mentor.
Per Bengals.com, Ogbuehi, who is currently on the team's NFI list and will be out for the first six weeks of the season, has settled into a locker that's sandwiched between Whitworth and Clint Boling. One day, Whitworth will pass the baton to another generation and he's confident Ogbuehi can be that guy. From Bengals.com:
"He’s a great kid," Whitworth said. "I think he’s going to be a great one if all the physical stuff works out. He’s extremely smart, he’s really diligent about learning what to do and how to learn it. And you look at him and you know he looks like an NFL tackle."
Whitworth doesn’t mind that the obvious intent is for him to shower Ogbuehi with knowledge.
"It means a lot to me that the guy who comes after me is good, too," Whitworth said. "Like I came in behind Levi (Jones) and Willie (Anderson). Sometimes I’m a little hard on him, but I understand the job."
Whitworth has been playing the role of mentor since Ogbuehi and Fisher arrived this May. Where he can instruct Fisher on his mechanics, he can impart knowledge on Ogbuehi as the first-round rookie rehabilitates his ACL injury.