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December 16, 2012

Albright's versatility caused Bengals problems last week, Ryan says

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Alex Albright caused the Bengals problems last week because of his versatility.

The Cowboys used him at an inside linebacker spot against last week, and they will count on him this week against another good running team, the Steelers.

“The thing with Alex is, he’s a very smart guy, but he’s also very physical, and when you’re playing this team you need a big physical guy in there,” Ryan said. “Alex is definitely that, and he’s also got the position flex to play all over the field. I think that led to the demise of the Bengals in just trying to to identity Alex, and it caused problems for them, just what he is. Is he a lineman? Is he a backer?”

Albright, a second-year linebacker out of Cincinnati, has six tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure. He is tied with Danny McCray for second on the team in special teams tackles, 13.

“He’ll get more plays this week in our different packages we’ve got for him,” Ryan said. “We like him a lot. We love the way he plays, and he’s an excellent football player.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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