Emmanuel Lamur is entering his 3rd season in the NFL, missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a shoulder injury in the pre-season finale. Labeled as a “tweener” as he reminds some of Kam Chancellor; he played Safety one season at Kansas State then moved to Linebacker the last two seasons playing the SAM and WILL. Prior to his season ending injury he was battling for snaps behind James Harrison at SLB and was expected to be the nickel linebacker.
Lamur is now healthy and hungrier than ever, he’s expected to be a 3-down linebacker with WLB Vontaze Burfict. Lamur is the best cover LB in CIN and has the ability to make game-busting plays. He has good ball awareness in zone coverage and no problems playing man to man coverage; his versatility allows him to cover tight ends (which is important in today’s game). Lamur allows CIN’s defense to give different looks and confuse the offense; his height (6’4) causes problems in the pass game and has no problem bringing the heat to the opposing QB.
Emmanuel only has 19 total tackles to his name in his short career; but he started off on the practice squad then made his way up to special teams to eventually being called upon to start a playoff game in 2012. If he can stay healthy in 2014, the sky is the limit for Lamur and the world will witness this kid’s potential as Burfict and company already know what Lamur is capable of.
“It was definitely hard, but it made me more motivated than anything” He said. “I just appreciate the game more. Things happen playing this game. It’s part of football, you don’t know when you’re going to get hurt so you just have to go out there and seize every opportunity.” Emmanuel Lamur has been getting the rave this off-season and let’s just say the Bengals are glad he’s back and healthy.
Lamur’s versatility in the IDP scene allows him to have a LB2 ceiling; think of an Alec Ogletree IDP Profile. Lamur has the opportunity to rack up anywhere between 85-110 total tackles, and contribute in just about every category (Sacks, Interceptions, Pass Deflections, Forced Fumbles and Fumble Recoveries). He’s definitely being slept on right now; worth a late round flier. You can grab him as a LB4/5 right now and you’re getting a LB2 potential. Definitely keep Lamur on your list of “can’t miss” IDP’s – you’ll thank me later.