The Pressure Is on for Bengals’ Chase Coffman To Come through in 2010

February 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last season, no player may have been more of a disappointment than Cincinnati Bengals tight end Chase Coffman. After being inactive for the first 12 games of the 2009 season, he was eventually placed on injured reserve due to bone spurs in his left ankle.

The Bengals set high expectations for Coffman when they selected him with the 98th overall pick of last year's draft, considering they were in need of a tight end to make a threat in the passing game. They hoped to make him a consistent target for Carson Palmer after he finished his career at Missouri as the NCAA's all-time leader in receptions for a tight end with 247 to go along with his 2,659 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns.

Instead, Coffman struggled during training camp to make the adjustment from playing at the college level to a professional level. During HBO’s Hard Knocks , the Bengals’ coaching staff constantly pointed out his inability to make the type of blocks expected for an effective tight end i...

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