With only one player on the defensive line taller than him and no player weighing more than he does at 350 pounds, defensive tackle Josh Tupou still has possibly large shoes to fill in the absence of DT staple of the Bengals – Domata Peko.

Tupou, who played at the University of Colorado, came to the Bengals by way of the undrafted free agent market after not getting selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

He joins a crowded DT field as one of nine players fighting for a roster spot that only saw four players make the final 53-man roster with three of those players returning this year. The only absence was that left by Peko.

Among the competition for that presumed lone roster spot, barring the team taking more than four DTs into 2017, is the Bengals’ fourth round pick, Ryan Glasgow, out of Michigan.

Tupou has to adjust to training camp fast to try and get those ever-elusive reps to convince the coaching staff to hang onto him.

“[Training camp] is feeling good, it’s different,” Tupou said. “Now being here in the NFL, you got guys who were the best at all of their schools and who are some really great athletes. This is just a lot different than playing in college. I’ve just been working on my technique, my craft, and watching the older guys and how they go about their business and being a professional.”