PFF recently pointed out a “riser” and a “faller” on each NFL team.
And Mike Petraglia, a reporter/writer for CLNS Media, told PFF that he feels like Bengals defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin is a “faller”.
“Shelvin, a 2021 fourth-round pick out of LSU, is competing for a roster spot after playing just 75 snaps last season,” wrote Kyed.
Shelvin, who was Joe Burrow’s teammate at LSU, is definitely in jeopardy of losing his roster spot after playing just 28 percent of the snaps last season in the games in which he appeared.
The one thing working in Shelvin’s favor is the Bengals’ lack of depth along the defensive line. Cincinnati might not have a choice but to keep him on the 53-man roster (plus his close relationship with Burrow might help him stick).
It should be noted that one reason Shelvin has seemingly faded during training camp is because he’s battling an injury, something that head coach Zac Taylor noted on Wednesday.
“He’s been fighting through an injury, and so we brought him back and we’ve kind of been slow to integrate him in there,” said Taylor. “We want to make sure that there’s no setbacks there before he’s fully integrated and taking a ton of reps.”
Even if Shelvin makes the Bengals’ 53-man roster, it’s unlikely that he’ll play a big role in the defense this season.
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