Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/38 -- Rey Maualuga, LB, 6-2, 249, Southern Cal...Most draft boards had him going in the first round, but the Bengals were glad he dropped to them. A middle linebacker who can quickly get to the outside, Maualuga is versatile enough to play any of the three linebacker spots. He didn't have any sacks last year but eight as a junior. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Rey Maualuga News
03/05/15 - LB Rey Maualuga signed a three-year contract with the Bengals Thursday (March 5), five days before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
Maualuga, the team's second-round pick in 2009, just completed a two-year, $6.5 million deal. Financial terms of the new contract were not yet available.
He has battled through injuries over the past two years, missing seven games. But he has been an impact player when healthy. He made 122 tackles in 16 games in 2012, and he also intercepted a pass in each of the past two years.
He missed four games with a hamstring injury last season; but, after he returned in Week 10, the Bengals finished the season allowing just 82 rushing yards per game.
"Rey is a physical force on the field and a great teammate in our locker room," coach Marvin Lewis said. "He's a hard-working, dedicated player who continues to get better. As we have put together playoff teams the last four years, we've said more than once that a huge key is keeping productive players who know our system, and this is another big step in that plan."
11/16/14 - LB Rey Maualuga had missed the last four games with a knee injury, but he made his presence felt immediately. Maualuga had only three tackles, but two of them were for losses. The most important was his tackle of fullback Erik Lorig for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal catch from the 1 early in the second quarter. "We knew they would try to make something quick happen from what we had seen, but they've never done that play to my side," Maualuga said.
11/12/14 - LB Rey Maualuga practiced for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury Oct. 19 at Indianapolis and is expected to play Sunday at New Orleans.
11/04/14 - LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) continues to work hard on the rehab field and has shown flashes of speed and agility, but he is still probably a few games away from a return.
11/03/14 - LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) has missed the last three games and did not practice Monday, but he looked to be moving well while doing agility drills on the side and could be ready to return Nov. 16 at New Orleans.