What Mario Alford’s Usage Means for Cincinnati Bengals in 2015

August 19, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Most years on most NFL teams, seventh-round picks don't provide an immediate impact. 
Cincinnati Bengals wideout Mario Alford might be a rare exception. 
Call it the perfect fit for both parties, something already ringing true after one preseason game. Alford, a speedster out of West Virginia, needed to land somewhere willing to let him shine on special teams and in certain base-offense packages.
Last year, Cincinnati watched as Andrew Hawkins played for the Cleveland Browns, the passing game imploded without tight end Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones missed the entire season. The depth chart had no way to create separation or take the top off defenses.
Alford's arrival does both, and true to form, coach Marvin Lewis and the front office got him at a cost-effective value with pick No. 238 in this year's draft.
Expectations for Alford seemed tempered. He was a seventh-round pick after all, and one joining a depth chart featuring A.J. Green, Jone...

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