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Bengals coach Lewis sees good things for new Bucs



The Bucs raided the Bengals' roster a little during free agency, signing defensive end Michael Johnson, left tackle Anthony Collins and Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who originally was drafted by the Bengals.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was positive in his assessment of each player.

Of Johnson, who had 11 1/2 sacks in 2012 and 3.5 sacks in 2013, he said, "From the time I first met Michael in Mobile, Ala., has really gone about things the way you want him to do it. He’s a stellar person all the way through.''

Of Collins, who was never a full-time starter but took over for seven games at left tackle last season, Lewis said, "Anthony didn’t get an opportunity to play quite as much but was always ready to play and any time he had an opportunity to go in, he did a great job for us. And he’s really matured over time from a guy who had a little chip on his shoulder to getting the opportunity and always making good on it.

"You’ve got to be happy for both players.''

McDonald was traded at the start of the 2011 season to the Seahawks. He had 5.5 sacks last year.

“McDonald is the salt of the earth,'' Lewis said.

“We grew all these guys from the ground up. That’s the greatest part of this system. If you do well, you get an opportunity to be rewarded and go somewhere else and have an opportunity to prosper.''






[Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00pm]


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