Riley went undrafted in 2015 and barely played until 2018, but he emerged as a 16-game starter for the Giants last season, piling up 75 tackles (63 solo), five passes defensed and four interceptions (including one for a TD). He was far less reliable than the stat line suggests, as Pro Football Focus charged him with the most missed tackles (23) of any defensive back in the NFL. The Raiders signed fellow safety Lamarcus Joyner to a much larger contract earlier this offseason, but it won't come as any surprise if he takes most of his snaps at slot cornerback, thus freeing up a spot for Riley as the free safety in nickel packages. From an IDP perspective, strong safety Karl Joseph offers the highest ceiling in the Oakland secondary.
Riley visited with the Bengals on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Some teams have shown interest in Riley, though the young safety has been weighing all of his options before deciding on a final free agency destination. He's coming off a 2018 season that saw him record 75 tackles and four interceptions while starting all 16 games for the Giants. If he does sign with the Bengals he'll likely slot in as one of the team's starting safeties.
Riley appeared in only 11 games for the Titans across his first two NFL seasons, logging just 12 tackles during that stretch. He started at free safety for the Giants through the entire 2018 regular season and strongly exceeded expectations, notching the second most interceptions on the team (four) after Alec Ogletree (five). Riley is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
Riley had six solo tackles and an interception in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Colts.
Riley came up with the interception in the end zone early in the second quarter to put an end to the Colts' scoring threat. The 26-year-old has 74 tackles (62 solo), four interceptions and a touchdown while serving as the Giants' starting free safety this season.
Riley (wrist) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Riley injured his wrist in Sunday's win against the Redskins, but it doesn't seem to be too severe because he practiced fully Wednesday. The Fresno State product was still able to log three tackles (two solo) and a pick-six over 58 defensive snaps Sunday against Washington.
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