Georgetown Position Battles To Watch

Tom MirickCorrespondent IJune 18, 2009

FORT COLLINS, CO - NOVEMBER 01:  Fui Vakapuna #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars rushes against the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado. BYU defeated CSU 45-42.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

One of the more interesting upcoming position battles to watch at Georgetown will be the fullbacks.

The Bengals have Jeremi Johnson, who was a Pro Bowler before getting cut for his weight last season.

Jeremi has been working with a personal trainer and has not showed up to Bengals minicamp yet, and it is not known if he will be ready for the start of training camp this week.

Not to worry, the Bengals drafted a fullback in the sixth round who runs downhill, and hits like a ton of bricks in Fui Vakapuna.

The Bengals were short at this position last year filling in with tight end Daniel Coats, which may explain why after drafting Vakapuna the Bengals signed undrafted free agent Chris Pressley.

Pressley, most famous for his YouTube clip where he squats over 600 pounds several times, is a classic Big Ten lead fullback.

Chris is a big, strong, smart runner, but his strength is in his point of contact blocking, making huge running lanes for his Badger running backs.

Another position battle to watch at training camp is wide receiver; to me it is obvious that the Bengals have four spots locked up with Chad, Henry, Coles and Caldwell.

The Bengals traditionally keep six wide receivers, with four positions locked up that leaves last yearโ€™s second round pick Jerome Simpson, Antonio Chatman, Maurice Purify, Mario Urrutia, Quan Cosby, and Freddie Brown. Dave Richmond and Greg Orton fighting for the last two open spots.

Simpson has to be thought of as a favorite, given that he is last year's second round draft pick. Simpson has flashed talent; however, he has been injured most of his time in Cincinnati.

Antonio Chatman is a favorite of Bengals QB Carson Palmer, also his status as a punt returner make him a favorite to secure a spot on the Bengals roster.

That does not mean that you can count out Quan Cosby, as Cosby has impressed Bengals coaches in minicamp.

Freddie Brown, the talented receiver from Utah, has never returned punts, however if he wants to make the roster making himself irreplaceable by returning punts would be his best shot.

The other guys I listed (Mario Urrutia, David Richmond, and Greg Orton) will have a long uphill climb in they want to crack the talented receiver corps of the Bengals.


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