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Kewaunee's Cochart ready to matchup with hometown Packers

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The NFLís offseason workouts arenít yet underway, but Cincinnati tight end Colin Cochart already has the Bengalsí third preseason game circled on his calendar. Thatís when the Kewaunee alumnus will get his first chance to play against the hometown Green Bay Packers, who will travel to Cincinnati on a yet to be determined date sometime between Aug. 23-26. An undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State, the 6-foot-4, 254-pound Cochart signed with the Bengals soon after the NFL lockout was lifted last summer and saw action in 10 games with three starts. Before last yearís NFL Draft, Cochart worked out for the Packers. After being brought in for a visit, he thought Green Bay might draft him, but never heard his name called. After fielding offers from about 10 teams when the lockout ended, Cochart found a home in Cincinnati where he was primarily used as a blocking tight end. He still caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown during a 24-17 win over Tennessee in Week 9. ďThatís going to be a special game for me,Ē Cochart said. ďItís a childhood team Iíve been watching since I was 5 years old and now Iím playing against them. Itís going to be awesome, but itís going to be another game for me. Itís the third preseason game, so I should be able to play a lot. I hope I get to go up against Clay Matthews and all those guys. Itís good experience to better my chances at having a long career.Ē After making the Bengals this season, the 24-year-old Cochart became the first Kewaunee graduate to make an NFL roster since Storm offensive coordinator Jack Novak, who also began his career as a tight end with Cincinnati after being drafted by the Bengals in 1975. A three-year starter at SDSU, Cochart finished his collegiate career with 82 receptions for 997 yards and 14 touchdowns. Cochart, his wife, Abby, and newborn daughter, Nora, spent the last two months in the Green Bay area before returning to Cincinnati on Thursday in preparation for the Bengalsí offseason workouts. ówhodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod

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