Could Pacman find a role in Cincy?
Earlier today, John Clayton of ESPN reported that the Bengals are bringing in CB Pacman Jones for a workout—his second with the club. Some news on a slow day in the NFL.
But, is there a spot for the former Titan and Cowboy on this roster?
From a special teams standpoint, I can see the logic of bringing in Pacman for a workout. He could be the type of player that could possibly become a factor on Sundays in the return game.
But, when you look at the cornerback position in Cincy, there isn’t a role that Jones can just slide into. The starting corners for the Bengals, Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph, might be the most underrated combo in the entire league. Two corners who can play man technique and two corners who can get their hands on the football in Mike Zimmer’s defensive scheme in Cincinnati. Hall and Joseph finished the ’09 season with six interceptions apiece.
Add in Brandon Ghee, the corner from Wake Forest that the Bengals drafted this year in the third round, and it will be tough for Jones to see the field.
However, when a team brings back a veteran—at this time of the off-season—for another workout, there is some actual interest involved. As the NFP’s Brad Biggs pointed out today, Jones has been cleared to return to full action by the league, and there have been rumblings throughout the off-season of interest from Detroit and even the Packers.
It is hard to write about Jones without bringing up his character issues that have followed him throughout his career, but do we even need to go there anymore? Not in this league if he can provide something to a roster in terms of impact on game days.
I don’t see Jones winning a job in the Bengals sub packages (nickel, dime) when it comes to playing the cornerback position. But, if Cincy sees some value that he can provide strictly on special teams, we shouldn’t be shocked to see them make a move and allow Pacman to compete for a roster spot during camp.
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