Cincinnati Bengals Signed 1,000-Yard RB according to report

Following the NFL Draft, Bengals Sign Former 1,000-Yard RB: Report

 

Counsell had a similar outlook.
After the NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals finally bolstered their running back depth by signing former Michigan State starter and Oklahoma State transfer Elijah Collins.

The story was first reported on April 27 by Ryan Fowler of Bleacher Report; however, KPRC2 NFL insider Aaron Wilson later confirmed it. with a financial remark included.

“A league source says that [running back] Elijah Collins’ contract with the Bengals includes [an] $8,000 signing bonus,” Wilson was told. To lock down the 6-foot ball carrier in Cincinnati, add a little honey.
After a redshirt season, Collins made his debut as a rookie starter at Michigan State in 2019. That season, he amassed over 1,000 scrimmage yards, 988 of which came on the ground (4.5 yards per carry). Collins also scored five touchdowns for the Spartans that year.

 

Counsell had a similar outlook.
Sadly, that was not how things ended out.
UDFA Running Back for the New Bengals After his freshman season, Elijah Collins struggled with injuries and missed opportunities.

Collins was passed over in the draft for a reason. Early in his undergraduate career, he displayed potential, but later on, whether because of an injury or decreased efficacy, there was a lack of output.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Collins had a disappointing sophomore season after his spectacular year as a rookie. Throughout seven games and zero touchdowns, the Michigan State playmaker’s yards per carry average fell to a career-worst 2.2 YPC in 2020. He also gained 124 scrimmage yards.

 

 

Then, in 2021, Collins was hindered by an injury. That season, the ball carrier missed five games but returned to play in seven. Although he had a career-high 5.7 yards per carry average and one receiving score this time, his overall productivity was still lower due to less opportunities.
Collins did not record more than 50 carries in a season until 2022, when he recorded 70, following his 222 carries in 2019. The Spartan demonstrated his ability to handle the load during a comeback campaign by adding 4.5 yards per run and amassing over 400 scrimmage yards.

After that, Collins transferred to Oklahoma State, where his prospects were once more diminished. That being said, he frequently held his own in

Perhaps, that bit of consistency inspired the Bengals to take a look.

Collins ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the Oklahoma State pro day according to Wilson. The RB also recorded a 38-inch vertical, 10’5″ broad jump, 4.25-second shuttle, 7.10-second three-cone drill and 16 reps on the bench.


Bengals RB Room Enters Post-Joe Mixon Era With Zack Moss at the Helm

Zack Moss was brought in to become the presumptive starter after the franchise moved on from long-time Bengals team leader Joe Mixon in 2024.

Behind Moss, it’s a similar room as last year though — excluding Collins as the newcomer.

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