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Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard signed a two-year deal following the NFL lockout in 2011. And all he managed to do was lead the defense with 120 tackles, contributing two forced fumbles, a quarterback sack and four passes defensed. The weakside linebacker, who was signed to replace an injured Keith Rivers, started 15 regular season games last year, including Cincinnati's postseason loss to the Houston Texans. And despite the success he managed to achieve, Howard believes that his best is yet to come.
The thing about the lockout in 2011 was the accelerated time it took for rookies and free agents to become acclimated into the system. Many of them learned on the fly, bits and pieces at a time. Now that a full season is under his belt as a Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, along with the offseason to truly absorb the information, Howard tells Greg Hoard with Bengals.com that he's going to be much more productive in 2012.
"After being here for a year, you get a little more comfortable and play with a little more confidence," said Howard. "You get a better feel for where everybody is and you understand Zim’s system better. Your communication is better and it’s all about communication on defense."
"When I’m playing behind guys like Geno Atkins, Robert Gathers, and Domata Peko, I should have a good year because those guys are phenomenal and they make my job easy…or at least easier," said Howard.
That being said Howard is entering the final year of his two-year deal in 2012. And it would be wise to sign the linebacker to an extension before this season starts, so that the 28-year old won't have a monster season heading into free agency next year.
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I am breaking away from the pattern just a little bit with this one. I was tempted to pass on Geno in this series because there just is not a very deep tradition of badass tackles. I couldn’t get to five names (as in previous polls) before I was scratching at the bottom of the barrel.
Really there is only one name worthy of comparison in the middle of the defensive line.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham ended up getting some help from a homeless man this weekend. He was 50 cents short on a parking meter and a homeless man ended up helping him out by giving him the 50 cents, so he rewarded him with $100.
S/O to the homeless man that paid 50 cents in the parking meter so we wouldn’t get a 55$ ticket. Had to give that man a 100 for...
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham tweeted today that a homeless man helped him avoid a $55 parking ticket by dropping two quarters into a parking meter for him. He picked the right guy to help.
Gresham didn't have 50 cents, but he did have a crisp $100 dollar bill, which he gave the man for his kindness.
Jermaine Gresham has always been held in semi-high regard as a TE that is due to explode at any moment into one of the best in the game.
The Bengals standout also it seems has a golden heart as he recently made the day of a homeless man in Las Vegas.
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