Bengals coaches quietly circled Wilson as a standout from camps so far this summer and coaches have also talked up how excited they are for him to be taking over the communications headset on the field.
Elsewhere, an expert tabbed Wilson as the team’s breakout star.
And now we have Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report tabbing Wilson as the team’s biggest sleeper heading into training camps and writing the following:
“Wilson was a machine in college, piling up over 400 stops in four years as a starter for the Cowboys. The Bengals need his tenacity and athleticism to improve on last year’s rankings of 26th in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense.”
Talk about a turnaround for a linebacker position that has long been a sour point for the Bengals.
Wilson indeed has the upside to make it work as a full-time starter in the middle of the defense and the coaches wouldn’t put him in charge of the calls if they didn’t think he was up to task. A year learning under the guidance of veteran Josh Bynes didn’t hurt either.
It also says a lot that Wilson was the pick on a roster littered with sleepers like Drew Sample, Joseph Ossai, Akeem Davis-Gaither and more.