Cody Core is back with the team after resigning in March. Core, ironically, is one of the team’s core special teamers. This has essentially been his role ever since he came into the league with the Bengals out of Ole Miss in 2016. Core was a 6th round pick and has never been counted on to be catching passes on offense. His forte is special teams and he has fully embraced that role.
Cody’s role should be the same with Big Blue in 2020 assuming he’s on the final roster, which he should be after signing a fairly large contract for a player that doesn’t contribute on offense (3 receptions for 28 yards in 2019).
We don’t need to get into Joe Judge’s extensive history with special teams, we know how important it will be to him and to the team when filling out the special team positions.
The special teams unit is a very underappreciated part of football. Every time special teamers are on the field, it provides the chance to completely flip the script or change the momentum of a game entirely. It often involves direct point scoring or point stopping opportunities, these are game-changing plays.
Core will make his impact felt as a leader off the field and a contributor on special teams. He won’t have a role on the offense as shown by 64 total snaps on offense last year, accounting for 6% of the team’s total offensive snaps.
He is a player who keeps his head down and goes to work. He will need to bring his workmanlike approach every day to camp to make the team’s roster.