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George Iloka | Defensive Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
College: Boise State
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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports George Iloka has a "stranglehold" on the Bengals' starting strong safety job.
Iloka started all 16 games last season as a first-year starter and racked up 66 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception. The Bengals signed Danieal Manning as a free agent and also have Taylor Mays and sophomore Shawn Williams as options at safety. Manning is expected to play the majority of his snaps as the nickel corner. Reggie Nelson is the free safety. Jul 22 - 9:44 AM

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Bengals SS George Iloka played 96.7 percent of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in the 2013 regular season.

Though he struggled at times against the run, Iloka took a step forward in his second season, recording 66 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and a pick. He finished the year as Pro Football Focus' No. 20 safety out of 86 qualifying players. Iloka is penciled in as a starter for 2014.
Apr 11 - 9:34 AM

George Iloka is expected to be the Bengals' Opening Day starter at strong safety.

He beat out Taylor Mays and rookie Shawn Williams. Strong safety has long been a highly productive position in Mike Zimmer's defense, giving Iloka some sneaky IDP appeal. Reggie Nelson will play more free safety this year.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:37:00 PM

Second-year S George Iloka is listed as the Bengals' starting strong safety on the team's initial unofficial depth chart.

Iloka, a fifth-round pick out of Boise State last year, has prototypical size at 6-foot-4, 225 with 34.5-inch arms, but he's an iffy tackler. Most expect third-round rookie Shawn Williams to eventually win the starting job.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Bengals reserve safety George Iloka suffered an ankle injury in Monday night's game and is questionable to return.

Iloka backs up Taylor Mays but had been rumored to be pushing him for a starting job this summer. He was drafted in the fifth round out of Boise State.
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 08:19:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer lists George Iloka as a darkhorse to win the Bengals' strong safety job.

It's a bit of a surprise in that Iloka was viewed as a project coming out of Boise State. Taylor Mays will enter training camp as the starter based on seniority, but the Enquirer's Joe Reedy expects there to be an open competition. If Iloka makes an impact as a rookie, it will likely be in sub-defenses.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 09:01:00 PM

Bengals signed fifth-round S George Iloka to a four-year contract.

Iloka is a freak specimen at 6-foot-4, 225 with 34 1/2-inch arms, certainly possessing size to become a matchup player against the NFL's more athletic tight ends. Iloka is a shaky tackler in space, however, and not especially fluid in the hips. He is unlikely to push for significant playing time as a rookie.
Wed, May 9, 2012 02:29:00 PM

Bengals selected Boise State S George Iloka with the No. 167 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Considered a day-two prospect in some circles, Iloka is a true center-field safety, though he'll likely be asked to play closer to the line of scrimmage than he did at Boise. A long and lean 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Iloka also has unusually long 34.5 inch arms. He'll be limited to special teams as a rookie, but is a high-upside pick.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 03:28:00 PM

Boise State FS George Iloka ran unofficial forty times of 4.59 and 4.62 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Iloka goes a shade under 6-foot-4 and weighs 225 pounds. With freakishly long arms and plenty of recovery speed, he should be able to patrol center field as opposed to playing in the box in the NFL. He's a second-round prospect.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 10:04:00 AM

According to SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline, Boise State S George Iloka is currently "the top free safety on draft boards around the league."

Alabama's Mark Barron and Notre Dame's Harrison Smith are considered strong safeties. Iloka is an imposing free safety prospect at 6-foot-4, 222 with a sub-4.5 forty on record. Pauline expects Iloka to be an early second-round pick if he runs well and does 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, as expected. Iloka could be a tight end-buster kind of safety with the ability to defend athletic TEs like Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez.
Source: SI.com
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 01:53:00 PM

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