Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Bengals' Maualuga makes strides in middle

About the Author

Recent posts by Mike Wilkening

Underdogs have made some noise in title round

Posted Jan. 14, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.

What's next for Browns' offense?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 9:59 p.m.

Running back a need for Lions

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 9:52 p.m.

Divisional round handicapping column

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 4:05 p.m.

Related Stories

Browns strike early, sign Kruger

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:23 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 team needs

Posted March 07, 2013 @ 12:50 p.m.

Bengals DE Johnson receives franchise tag

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 1:52 p.m.

Bengals name Hue Jackson RB coach

Posted Feb. 06, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

LB Brandon Joiner joins Bengals after prison term

Posted Feb. 04, 2013 @ 7:09 p.m.

Bengals sign OLB Maybin

Posted Jan. 25, 2013 @ 1:04 p.m.

Turner should benefit Browns RB Richardson

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 11:54 a.m.

Running back a need for Lions

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 9:52 p.m.

Key matchup: Ravens WRs vs. Broncos pass defense

Posted Jan. 10, 2013 @ 2:32 p.m.
Posted Jan. 05, 2012 @ 2:06 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

The way we hear it, Rey Maualuga has shown improvement in his first season as the Bengals' starting middle linebacker, and the club believes he can continue to progress. Maualuga, 24, is at his best playing the run, and his physicality and instincts are his strengths. He's also said to have made strides as a leader, and he has improved his mental approach to the game. Maualuga was the Bengals' starter on the strong side for his first two seasons, but middle linebacker, where he starred at USC, is his regarded as his best position. Maualuga missed three games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain, setting back his progress, we're told, but he nonetheless set a career-high in tackles (88) in 13 starts in the middle. Continued development will be key for Maualuga, the way we hear it, as he could stand to become stronger vs. the pass and become a better blitzer.

Comments ()