Moritz Boehringer will be occupying the Bengals’ international practice squad spot that every AFC North team is getting this season.
The name should sound slightly familiar as he was drafted by the Vikings in 2016, but he failed to stick to the roster. He was the first player to ever be drafted from Europe without first going through the NCAA.
Things are different now though for the bigger 6’4” receiver. For one thing thing, he isn’t playing receiver anymore. The Bengals are going to try to move him to tight end.
“I have to learn a new position again... I played a bit a bit of tight end in Germany, but I never blocked,” Boehringer told Bengals.com. “I just caught the balls there. I blocked before I came here. I did a lot of blocking training, but it is a bit different when you run plays.”
Despite having to be more involved inside as a blocker, Boehringer thinks the move will ultimately be a good move for him.
“I was already a bigger receiver. I was on the edge of being a small tight end already. I think it will be a good position change,” Boehringer said in regards to if it was a good idea to move him.
The move to tight end is interesting as the Bengals have three of their four tight ends set to hit free agency after the season. Now there is a good chance the Bengals will bring back Tyler Kroft or Tyler Eifert, but there should still be at least a couple spots open at the position in next year’s offseason.
It isn’t crazy to think that if Boehringer shows improvement and impresses coaches that he could be brought back next season.
The other thing that is different this time is that he won’t have to worry about sticking to the roster. Player apart of the Player Pathway program are basically just an extra player that doesn’t count against a team’s roster or practice squad.
The only downside is they are ineligible to be activated for a game. It is still a great opportunity for Boehringer who believes his past experience will help him this year.
“In the beginning it was pretty overwhelming because there is just so much new stuff but now I’m use to the whole process and how things go in the NFL,” Boehringer said.
“I learned what it takes to play a sport [professionally]. I never had like any professional experience, and it was just a big step for me. I think it will help me out here especially in the beginning.”
One of the most underrated things about first getting to the NFL is just the process of being in the NFL. Sure players have gone through offseason practices before, but it is just a different beast in the NFL.
We see young players talk about finding out what it takes to be successful in the NFL, and most of it is stuff off the field. Whether it is film study, lifting or eating properly there are a list of things that most players have to get use to.
Boehringer also was a bit behind as he didn’t even play college football. He came over after playing in the German Football League (GFL). With all due respect to the GFL, it is easy to understand how Boehringer could easily get overwhelmed coming from there directly into the NFL.
Having spent an entire season on the Vikings practice squad after being drafted, and another offseason with the team should give Boehringer a nice foundation to build off of in Cincinnati.