Toni Pole made good on his invitation to Bengals mini camp, showing well enough during the tryout that the team signed him to a contract. Pole went undrafted and didn't sign in the initial wave of undrafted free agents. He received an invitation to attend Bengals rookie mini camp and now landed a spot on the offseason roster.
Landing with the Bengals is a great opportunity for Pole. Cincinnati has a couple good players on the interior of the defensive line, but lacks proven depth. There are essentially a few developmental type players competing for the final spots along the line. Pole doesn't have to unseat established veterans or even outplay a high draft pick.
With Pole inking a deal, four Cougars from WSU's 2015 senior class will now get at least extended looks in the NFL. Xavier Cooper and Vince Mayle should both make the Browns 53-man roster while Connor Halliday could land a spot in Washington while Pole will try to stick in Cincinnati.
Bengals sign Washington State DT Kalafitoni Pole - Cincy Jungle
The former Washington State nose tackle generated 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss last season. As a Junior in 2013, Pole racked up 28 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two quarterback sacks and forced one fumble.
Cougars Fall to Oregon, 7-2 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Mitchell Tolman drove in three runs and Josh Graham worked five scoreless inning to pick up the win as Oregon captured the rubber game of the series with a 7-2 victory over Washington State Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Oregon Ducks earn series win with 7-2 victory over Washington State | OregonLive.com
Oregon picked up its third straight series win and its first of the Pac-12 season on the road with a 7-2 win over Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field on Sunday afternoon.