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Broncos in the NFL: Iloka continues push toward becoming one of league’s best safeties

Former Boise State safety George Iloka quietly has generated attention as one of the best safeties in the NFL.

He’s making a little extra noise during the Cincinnati Bengals’ training camp this year.

“George is out there hitting everybody,” one Bengal said to another at practice, according to

“George is an intense player and very smart player,” secondary coach Vance Joseph told the website. “He’s a big safety, so he wants to be a contact player. He’s having a helluva camp.”

Iloka is going into the final year of his rookie contract with the Bengals. Pro Football Focus ranked him the No. 12 safety in pass coverage in the NFL last year and called him the team’s “secret superstar.”

Iloka grabbed three interceptions last season and wants more this year.

“From my first and second to my third year, I made more plays,” Iloka told the website. “I don't want to put a number on it, but I want more picks. A little more tackles. Last year, if I made the plays I needed to, I probably would’ve had six picks. So it’s just about making every play you’re supposed to make count.”

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Iloka is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.

We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.


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