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Some things of note I'll watch at Bengals rookie minicamp
-- First-round pick Tyler Eifert gets his first classroom and on-field work with Jay Gruden’s offense. The biggest thing we are interested in is how many different spots Eifert lines up at during the practices. Does he remain at tight end, does he split out wide in the slot, does Gruden try a couple plays with him in the backfield or does Gruden wait until OTAs start on May 20 to experiment.
-- It is likely that third-round pick Shawn Williams will line up at both free and strong safety this weekend. The biggest reason why the Bengals liked Williams is because he was able to call the signals in the defensive backfield along with his reputation as a physical player. It will be interesting to see though how quickly Williams picks up on the defense and how he is helping other players.
--On what is one of the deepest rosters in Marvin Lewis’ 11 years, can an undrafted rookie make the final roster? One usually makes it every season. This year’s early favorite is linebacker Jayson DiManche of Southern Illinois. Linebacker is the one position where undrafted guys are successful at making it on to the roster here and DiManche, who had eight sacks, 15 tackles for a loss and 49 tackles last season, signed one of the higher signing bonuses in the league for an undrafted free agent.
--Who ends up returning punts and kicks this weekend? Onterio McCalebb has done both but will Giovani Bernard also get some work returning kicks? He was mainly a punt returner at North Carolina.
--Former La Salle High and UC standout J.K. Schaffer was signed to the practice squad midway though last season, so we never got the chance to see how he did in practices. Since first-year eligible players can work out at this minicamp, this will be a good opportunity for us to get a first look at what Schaffer brings to the table.