KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Late last month, during the early stages of his third training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals, former Kansas State defensive back and now NFL linebacker Emmanuel Lamur decided to ratchet up his intensity.
It also helped instigate the first altercation of the Bengals’ training camp on July 30, where Lamur scuffled with Bengals teammate AJ Green, their standout wide receiver, after exchanging pleasantries with offensive guard Clint Bolig.
“Being hurt last season motivated me more than anything to come back stronger,” said Lamur, who had his promising 2013 season curtailed because of a shoulder injury during the final preseason game, a 27-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts. “It’s a great feeling coming back. This is a blessing. You have to take it one rep at a time and one game at a time.”
After Lamur and Bolig got into it, Green tried to intervene and Lamur then took a swipe at Green who had to be restrained.
“We’re just going out there, taking one rep at a time and executing,” said Lamur, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Kings Academy High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. “That’s what I’ve been working on. There’s a lot of things we need to work on as a defense.
“There’s a lot of film we need to watch and get better at. We have one goal as a team, to get better and, of course, win a Super Bowl.”
Lamur was the Bengals’ starting strong-side linebacker in a 41-39 preseason-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 7 at Arrowhead Stadium. He had four tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss. Lamur had one tackle in the Bengals’ preseason game on Saturday.
“I’m weighing in at 240 or 245,” Lamur said. “Last year, I was at 240, but my rookie year I weighed 232.
“Getting bigger, stronger and faster will help my game. But at the same time, that’s not what makes you a great player. What makes you a great player is the heart and desire to go out there and compete with yourself.”
Lamur said he’s blessed to be getting an opportunity.
“God works in different ways,” Lamur said. “It’s crazy, coming from Independence, Kansas (where he played junior-college football) and then going to K-State and ending up in Cincinnati.
“You never know what to expect. You just control what you can control, and that’s just getting better every day, working on your craft. You control your own destiny, so it’s getting better, and only you know what you need to get better at.”
Emmanuel’s twin brother, Sammuel Lamur, also played at K-State. He currently is on injured reserve for the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm, where he is listed as a quarterback.