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By: Jason Garrison

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PFF like Njongmeta’s chances of contributing.

Pro Football Focus’ Thomas Valentine recently wrote about one undrafted free agent from every NFL team to keep an eye on.

While we’ve focused on the punter that was signed, and the running back who got a signing bonus, Valentine believes the UDFA to keep an eye on for the Cincinnati Bengals is former Wisconsin linebacker Maema Njongmeta.

“Njongmeta has been a force at linebacker for Wisconsin over the last two years, registering 146 total tackles over 26 games,” Valentine wrote. “He earned a 76.7 grade in 2023 and an excellent 88.5 grade in 2022. Njongmeta could feasibly be a real special teams asset for the Bengals.”

The Bengals are pretty set at linebacker when it comes to the starting group. Both Logan Wilson and Germaine Pratt were extended this offseason, and the team was able to reach one-year deals with Akeem Davis-Gaither and Joe Bachie this offseason.

They did, however, lose Markus Bailey to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason. Bailey and Bachie took a ton of special teams snaps for the Bengals over the past few seasons, and now that the former is gone, there’s a void left. Njongmeta could fill that void.

Njongmeta was Dane Brugler’s 26th-ranked linebacker in this year’s The Beast, saying he lacked some of the speed and versatility, and he projects as an early-down backup. He doesn’t have a ton of special teams experience, which likely hurt his draft stock, but if there’s one guy to help him out, it’s the longest-tenured special teams coach in the NFL.

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