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Defending And Myles Murphy Will Join The Bengals’ Rotation Immediately

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Defending And Myles Murphy Will Join The Bengals' Rotation Immediately

(CTN News) – Myles Murphy’s history repeats itself. As a true freshman, Clemson launched the then-five-star prospect onto the ACC.

When the Tigers qualified for the College Football Playoff National Championship, they were coming off a 14-1 season.

A 37-13 win over Wake Forest marked Myles Murphy’s collegiate debut with seven tackles and two sacks. Over the course of three seasons, he made 119 tackles (61 solo), 37 tackles for loss, and 17.5 sacks.

In addition, the Bengals intend to ask the defensive end they selected with the No. 28 pick on Thursday night to learn on the fly as well as part of a team that has lofty expectations after back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game.

After the pick was announced, Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo commented, “He’ll be in the rotation right away.”.

“We have a lot of D-linemen on the team, so he’ll jump right in there and back up Sam (Hubbard) and Trey (Hendrickson). I am eager to see him in action right away.”

As Anarumo made clear, he intends to make use of Myles Murphy versatility throughout his career at Clemson as well.

Despite being primarily lined up on the outside, Myles Murphy received a considerable amount of reps in the B-gap, which is the space between a guard and a tackle.

As a result, “(we) get a player with position flexibility – he has played both outside and inside (and) can rush from a variety of areas,” Anarumo stated.

“The more rushers we have on the field at the same time, the better we will be against the teams we have to play. He is the person who will fit right in with that at that particular time.”

As a longtime defensive assistant, he has often placed an emphasis on edge rushers in order to generate pressure with only four defensive linemen. Anarumo admitted on Thursday night that the Bengals were not very consistent in this area last season.

During the Bengals’ last defensive end rotation, Joseph Ossai and Cam Sample dominated the position behind starters Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard. In his first season as a rookie, Ossai suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The defensive line deserves credit for holding opponents to an 81.5 passer rating during the season, but Cincinnati’s 30 sacks and 5.4% sacks per attempt were near the bottom of the league.

It will give us on defense more opportunities to create field position swings if you are getting more sacks, Anarumo noted. There is a need for improvement in that area, and he can play a role in that improvement.”

Recently, the Bengals hosted Myles Murphy for a Top 30 visit earlier this month. This was the second time they met with Myles Murphy during the pre-draft process.

Anarumo was confident that the defensive end will be able to handle whatever is thrown at him during the coming months as a result of those meetings.

According to Anarumo, he is a bright-eyed young man who enjoys football and appears mature for a young man of his age. It was well received by us.

In those crucial moments and big games, playoff games, and things of the like, players like that will be able to stand up and rise to the occasion. The maturity of his character stood out to me right away.”


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Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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