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The Bengals sent their tight ends’ coach to checkout one of this year’s brightest prospects."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBABengals send James Casey to Houston’s pro dayNew Color Rush Drew Sample Jersey ,26commentsThe Bengals sent their tight ends’ coach to checkout one of this year’s brightest prospects.EDTShareTweetShareShareBengals send James Casey to Houston’s pro dayThomas B. Shea-USA TODAY SportsHouston University had its pro day on Thursday, and while most teams sent their head coaches or various defensive coach, the Bengals sent their tight end coach James Casey. That may seem like an odd choice at first, but when you consider how connected Casey is with football in Houston, it makes a little more sense.As Mark Berman alludes to, Casey has spent quite a long time in Houston. He essentially played football there from 2007 (when he played at Rice) until the 2012 season when he and the Texans parted ways. When Casey was done playing football, he became an assistant coach for Houston. First as an offensive analyst in 2016, then as a special teams coordinator in 2017, and finally in 2018 Cheap Drew Sample Jersey , his job expanded to include the tight end position.The Bengals essentially sent a guy who was on the coaching staff responsible for Ed Oliver over his career at Houston to gather information on Houston’s prospects.Of course, the main attraction was defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who is viewed by many as a top five talent who has a very reasonable chance of falling out of the top 10. He is an undersized defensive tackle who as earned high praise with the comparison to Aaron Donald.Whether that is an accurate comparison can be debated. What can’t be is just how athletic Oliver proves to be. The lowest his 40-yard dash was timed at was 4.71 seconds, but the consensus put it at 4.75, which is still a mind boggling time for a defensive tackle.Oliver dominated college football with 53 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks over his three year career at Houston. He only missed four seasons his final year, and he had a total of 122 tackles. He did it while fighting constant double teams.If the Bengals opt to wait to draft a linebacker, Oliver seems like a very likely value pick by Cincinnati. He could theoretically rotate in behind Geno Atkins, and the two could share the field on passing downs, which has become a more frequent down that teams need to plan for. Oliver would also take the reigns as the star defensive tackle once Atkins ultimately retires or moves on when his contract ends. Oliver would also set a great tone for the future as a quality foundation piece.The pick would also continue the Bengals love affair with Houston players as they already have William Jackson and Brandon Wilson on their defense. Oliver would fit in nicely. Remember when ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on live television a couple weeks ago and thought the keys to the Chargers-Chiefs Week 15 game involved a multitude of players that weren’t playing in the game? That was fun.Could you imagine if an NFL coach — not a talking head in the media — but a COACH Drew Sample Jersey Womens , did the same thing in an interview? That’s pretty much what happened in Pittsburgh.Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was being interviewed by writer Bob Labriola and had an interesting closing remark when asked about Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert.“I think he’s very good,” Butler said regarding Eifert. “He’s up there. He can get deep on you. He does a good job of catching the ball downfield. So he’s going to be a problem for us to cover.” What was that coach? It sounded like you’re planning on Eifert, who has been on injured reserve since Week 5, to play against you this week.To Butler’s credit, Eifert might still be able to give the Steelers’ linebackers trouble in coverage this week despite his ankle being two months removed from being completely snapped. Butler was probably hedging his bets because he knows his personnel isn’t the best, and he himself isn’t a great play caller. Alas, no need to plan for Eifert, he probably can’t even run yet. Though he is apparently ahead of schedule.Butler hasn’t had the best month even before this. In the Steelers’ Week 13 matchup against the Chargers, his defense had a linebacker in coverage against wide receiver Keenan Allen far too many times Andy Dalton Jersey , which lead to the talented pass-catcher hauling in 14 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown in a Chargers win. A week later, his unit allowed Raiders tight end Jared Cook loose and watched him rack up 116 yards on seven receptions in a 24-21 loss at Oakland. Somehow, the Steelers limited the Patriots to just 10 points in their Week 15 win over the team that always gives them trouble. That defensive performance did not carry over to the next week when they allowed 31 points to the Saints and lost thanks to a fumble from wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.Honestly, these interviews with the team can’t be that interesting so I don’t completely condemn Butler for potentially speaking mindlessly when he could be doing 100 other things. If he truly did believe Eifert would be playing this week, then there’s no salvaging his statement, he just didn’t bother to read any scouting report put in front of him or look at any tape of the Bengals’ offense beyond Week 4 of the year. What makes it all the better is that the Steelers removed the interview from their website. Oops!