Second-year defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, Will Clarke, will look to move into a bigger role with the Bengals defense this fall. During the 2015 season, Clarke played in 12 games, participating in 134 snaps. Clarke also accounted for two tackles last fall. Going into the summer, the Bengals defense will look to Clarke to find a way to make more dynamic plays that will be used during the fall season.
Clarke logged 62 snaps during his rookie season, and practically doubled that in the 2015 season. If Clarke were to continue on that upward trend, he should be able to show enough growth and improvement, he would likely ensure his spot on the defense. Summer workouts and OTAs are a great time for players to show improvement and guarantee their starting positions for the upcoming season. For Clarke, that option is no different. By excelling during OTAs, Clarke has the option to show that he can and will be one of the top defensive ends for the team.
Clarke earned All-Big 12 Honors his senior season at West Virginia, after having a career-high season with the Mountaineers. Now going into his third season in the NFL, Clarke needs to show the Bengals organization that he is still capable of making the plays that were made during his 2013 season in Morgantown. Should Clarke be able excel during this summer’s workouts, he will hopefully have proven himself to be one of the starting defensive ends for every game this fall.
Defensive ends play a vital role of every defense and the Bengals will need Clarke and the rest of the Bengals defense to grow as a team and single unit during this summer in order to show marked improvement from last season. As OTAs and summer workouts continue, Clarke will use this time to show his improvement and further define his role on the Bengals team.