The Bengals added a tackle with plenty of game experience on Friday with the signing of Marshall Newhouse, a 31-game starter in four seasons with Green Bay.
However, the ex-Packer could find it tough to crack the starting lineup at tackle with Cincinnati, which has capable starters on the left side (Andrew Whitworth) and right side (Andre Smith).
In an interview with Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Newhouse said he intended on competing for a regular role and was open to working other spots on the line, too.
“I’m coming in trying to win a spot. If they want me to play a couple of different spots, I’ll go where they want me,” Newhouse said, according to Bengals.com. “I can play a little inside (at guard), too. They’re talking about the flexibility of the offensive line and I think I can help there.”
The more the 25-year-old Newhouse can do, the better. For one, an ability to play multiple positions gives him a better chance to be active on game day. Also, displaying positional versatility — and skill at those spots — could increase his value the next time he tries free agency.