Various reports Thursday night had Bengals offensive coordinators past and present on hand in Syracuse to watch Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib’s campus workout earlier in the day for NFL scouts.
Ken Anderson, who also doubles as the Bengals all-time leading passer, was there as one of Nassib’s coaches. Gruden was there because the Bengals appear to be in search of a backup quarterback with Bruce Gradkowski headed to free agency.
Gruden’s appearance in the ‘Cuse would suggest the Bengals are looking seriously at the draft as well as free agency. How high they would draft one is emerging as quite the intriguing question. Nfldraftscout.com has Nassib rated as the fifth-ranked quarterback and they go quickly on Draft Day.
Anderson said he spoke with Gruden before the workout and Gruden’s tight schedule didn’t allow them to speak after, but Jeff Reynolds of nfldraftscout.com reported that the Bengals had set up a visit with Nassib. The Jets, he said, were taking him to dinner and the Bills, now coached by Nassib’s college coach Doug Marrone, were represented by general manager Buddy Nix.
With Anderson and longtime NFL offensive coordinator Paul Hackett running the workout, Reynolds charted Nassib completing 69 of 75 passes.
“I was really pleased with how he looked,” Anderson said Thursday night. “I thought he really showed good arm strength today.”
Anderson ticked off Nassib’s pluses in a pro offense:
“First of all, he’s very smart,” Anderson said. “That’s the big thing. And he’s used to making pro throws. His mechanics are solid, his footwork is good. He really had a good day.”
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