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Bengals Sign Bernard Scott

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with running back Bernard Scott, a sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft.
Scott rushed for 2,156 yards at Abilene Christian in 2008, winning the NCAA Division II version of the Heisman.  He also rushed for more than 2000 yards in 2007, and he scored 73 total touchdowns in two seasons.
These facts are trumpeted in the release announcing the move.  Omitted, of course, is the fact that Scott’s time running past defenders has included multiple instances of running from the fuzz.  (We don’t know whether he actually ran from the fuzz — but if he did they eventually caught him.  On several occasions.)
Right or wrong, the Bengals simply don’t care about a guy’s history.
And that’s why it would be foolish not to at least consider the possibility that, once Mike Vick is reinstated, the Bengals will express interest in signing him.
Meanwhile, the Bengals cut several players who already were under contract:  tight end Matt Sherry, a sixth-round pick in 2008; receiver Mario Urrutia, a seventh-round pick in 2008; quarterback Billy Farris, an undrafted rookie; and long snapped James Smith, another undrafted rookie.

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8 Responses to “Bengals Sign Bernard Scott”
  1. SUPERBENGALFAN says: Jun 20, 2009 1:50 PM

    I hear your point Florio about the Bengals and Mike Vick, but really I don’t see that as a possibility this year. It is too late in the season, unless they think he is a clear upgrade over J.T. O’Sullivan and are willing to have him sit the bench the entire year so he can learn the system and rely on Carson Palmer’s younger brother Jordan to the primary back up this year………
    Bernard Scott is a lot more mature when his arrests happened, he’s like 25 years old, time helps with the maturity level on some guys.
    Maturity is a theme I keep hearing over and over from the Bengals at their mini-camp, especially from Carson Palmer, he believes the team has personnel that is much more mature than the past.

  2. brianbaker6 says: Jun 20, 2009 2:06 PM

    He’s a sixth round pick…so he doesn’t work out, you cut him. No big deal. They just cut a 6th and 7th rounder from last year. I’d say it’s a pretty low risk deal, Florio. But why should I be surprised by Bengal bashing from you?

  3. ecsacker6306 says: Jun 20, 2009 2:06 PM

    wow… mike vick…. bit of a reach..

  4. screamingidiot says: Jun 20, 2009 2:45 PM

    Bungles should run a public pool cleaning business on the side. They are really good at scooping up random floating pieces of turds.

  5. Halftime says: Jun 20, 2009 4:03 PM

    Irresponsible journalism from Florio. Mention a guy’s run-ins with the police but fail to mention the charges were dropped in all but one case and it’s in the process of being resolved with no conviction.
    Bash the Bengals but they’re not as bad as the other AFC North teams.
    Did they have a player kill anyone? Nope. But Cleveland did.
    Do they have a player who was convicted of obstruction of justice in a double murder? Nope. But Baltimore does – and the media treats that scumbag like he walks on water. Hello? He participated in the cover-up of a double murder!!!
    Do they have any woman hitters / wife-beaters on their team? Nope. Pittsburgh does. Woman hitters are the lowest scum there is. A real man never, ever, ever hits a woman. Guess there are some Steelers who are not real men.
    But Florio gets off by bashing the Bengals even though they have been far from the front of the line in arrests the last few years. How old are you Florio, 11? 12?

  6. redbengal1000 says: Jun 20, 2009 4:54 PM

    brianbaker6 says:
    June 20th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    He’s a sixth round pick…so he doesn’t work out, you cut him. No big deal. They just cut a 6th and 7th rounder from last year. I’d say it’s a pretty low risk deal, Florio. But why should I be surprised by Bengal bashing from you?
    And with Scott’s talent, he could be huge. And with his past, he’s been getting better. He never “hit” his coach. The offense and defense got in a fight, someone grabbed him from behind, and he shoved him off. He didn’t know it was a coach, and said he was sorry after it. That’s one of the big things that people have against him. Besides, he’s said he wants to be good and stay out of trouble. And, I love his talent. He could be a big part of the offense.

  7. Vulture says: Jun 20, 2009 6:55 PM

    Right or wrong, the Bengals simply don’t care about a guy’s history.
    You make me laugh Florio
    When other teams pick up “turds” as you like to call them, they are commended for giving someone another chance, but Bengal bashing seems to be your forte!!
    You are “two-faced” and it shows!!

  8. ryanmc says: Jun 20, 2009 11:34 PM

    “Right or wrong, the Bengals simply don’t care about a guy’s history.”
    Something they have in common with the other 31 teams in the league. Personally, my favorites in the Vick sweepstakes are Pitt or Indy. It’s going to be a team which takes chances on bad guys, but always gets a complete pass from the media when doing so. The Bengals don’t qualify, since they never get the free pass.

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