Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor works the sidelines during the second half of NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
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Bengals working with three coaches in NFL’s minority fellowship program

Former University of Cincinnati defensive lineman and current McKendree University (Ill.) assistant Kenny-Ray Augustus, Bearcats wide receivers coach Mike Brown and Princeton High School coach Mike Daniels will join the staff as interns through the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program.

Cincinnati is finishing up virtual meetings with veterans this week, while the rookies will continue for an extra week.

“We’re excited to continue the Bill Walsh Fellowship this year, even with the unique circumstances of our offseason,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said in a press release provided by the team. “It’s an important program that allows rising young coaches to not only gain experience on the technical side of coaching, but also increase their exposure and grow their network of contacts in our field. From the team’s end, it allows our players and staff to build lasting relationships with these coaches that can help benefit their careers for years to come.”

Augustus has been a defensive line coach and run-game coordinator at McKendree since 2018 and played at UC under former head coach Rick Minter. Prior to joining McKendree, he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Indianapolis.

Brown, who joined UC’s staff in 2019, played wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2012 to 2014 and caught 39 passes for 534 yards and two touchdowns in 18 career games before turning his attention to coaching. He also spent time on staff with the University of Michigan (2016), University of Delaware (2017) and his alma mater, Liberty University (2018), where he was an all-American wide receiver and quarterback.

Daniels has been the head coach at Princeton since 2017 but also spent time as an assistant at Alcorn State (2008), UC (2009), Buffalo (2010), Statesboro (Ga.) High School (2011-13) and Kennesaw State (2013-16). In his playing days, he was a standout quarterback at Princeton and later went on to star as a wide receiver, running back and return specialist at the University of Cincinnati, where he set numerous school records.

Two current Bengals coaches – defensive line coach Nick Eason and defensive assistant Gerald Chatman — were past interns with the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program. Chatman was an intern for the Bengals during OTAs and minicamp in 2018, while he was serving as special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach at Tennessee State University.

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