In case you hadn’t noticed, the Cincinnati Bengals are putting an emphasis on rebuilding the offensive line this year. After making four acquisitions in free agency and drafting two more in the first four rounds this year, they are still adding talent.
Per Alex Miller of SportsDay Dallas-Fort Worth, the team is bringing in Keaton Sutherland from Texas A&M in as an undrafted free agent.
Former Texas A&M guard Keaton Sutherland will sign with the Cincinnati Bengals. He will join former A&M OL coach Jim Turner and RB Trayveon Williams:https://t.co/cscvxdGUKi— Alex Miller (@AlexMill20) April 27, 2019
Sutherland is a versatile lineman who has experience at both guard spots and right tackle in college. He has great NFL size at 6’5” and 316 pounds, as well as strength, but his 32 3/4” arms almost pigeonhole him as a guard at the next level. He was projected to possibly be a day three pick or a UDFA.
As Miller mentions in his tweet, Sutherland played for new Bengals offensive line coach, Jim Turner with the Aggies. He spent three seasons under Turner’s tutelage and blocked for Cincinnati’s sixth-round pick, Trayveon Williams.
Sutherland will compete for a back end roster spot, but he does have a leg up in the sense that he’s familiar with the system that Turner and Zac Taylor will want to run. The concepts include a lot of stretch zone and play-action game plans.