Jeanty turning heads

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

The Rashad Jeanty fan club at Commonwealth Stadium is beaming.

Like proud parents or siblings, members of the Edmonton Eskimos are thrilled to see Jeanty playing so well for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In his first pre-season game for the AFC North Champions on Sunday night on national TV, Jeanty started at linebacker before moving to defensive end, recording four tackles and being credited with half a sack.

"He is unbelievable," said Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia, who watched some of the game, which saw Cincinnati beat Washington 19-3. "You can't be happier for anyone, really."

Jeanty was a key cog on the Eskimos' defensive line last year, registering eight sacks in just 14 games.

Using the option-year clause in his Esks contract, he signed with the Bengals this winter.

And Sunday night's effort against the Washington Redskins just added to the Eskimos belief that Jeanty won't be returning this year.

"He was all over the place (against Washington)," said current Eskimos defensive tackle Randy Spencer, who was Jeanty's roommate for three years in Edmonton.

"But I knew he would (fit in)."

Playing in front of a stunning sellout crowd of 64,691 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Jeanty was surprised to get the start at strong-side linebacker, but was happy with his overall performance.

"I thought I played well," he was quoted on the Bengals' official website. "But in the back of my mind, I always know I can do better, and that's what I'm trying to do."

The Bengals have three more pre-season games before final cuts in the first week of September.


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