Bengals: Burfict is providing an emotional lift for defense

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CINCINNATI — After leading the team in tackles last year as a rookie, linebacker Vontaze Burfict is being asked to find even more ways to lead this season.

“It’s time for him to start being more of a leader,” defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said. “A year ago, he was a young guy, but now he’s starting to come into his own. It’s a process. I’ve talked to him about taking charge of things.

“He’s a smart guy that understands everything we do,” Zimmer added.

“He communicates real well with everybody and tells them what to do.”


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