7 biggest surprises on the Bengals’ 53-man roster

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25/10/2018 07:23
The Bengals finalized their initial 53-man roster on Saturday and left us with several surprises. While some players were obvious candidates to be kept or cut Youth Bobby Hart Jersey , injuries made things more complicated.Given surprising preseason performances, injuries to many players, or just plain luck, there were five players who defied some expectations and made their way onto the roster. Keep in mind, the Bengals’ 53-man roster today will not be the 53-man roster on Sunday in Indianapolis. Players like Cody Core and Davontae Harris may land on Injured/Reserve by Monday with the potential to come back later in the year.CUT: Michael JohnsonAs far as not making the roster, Michael Johnson’s release was a surprise. The cut saves the Bengals $4.2 million in cap space this year as they move on from the veteran defensive end. This move goes hand-in-hand with the Bengals moving on from guys like George Iloka and Brandon LaFell. There’s some thought he could be back on Monday.ON THE ROSTER: Auden TateEven though rookie WR Auden Tate was a touchdown machine at Florida State in 2017, his 4.68 40-yard time cost him dearly. He almost went undrafted in 2018 because of his slow speed, but the Bengals decided to spend their last pick on him. Many thought he wouldn’t even make the roster. But he did!But Tate impressed in rookie camp, training camp, and the preseason. His wide reach and strong hands helped overcome his lacking speed. However, Bengals’ Geoff Hobson reported that Tate might be on the outside looking in. Even though many felt he deserved a spot, it seemed probable that he would not make the final cuts.While he may not see much playing time this year, the Bengals will continue to develop him.ON THE ROSTER: Mason SchreckAnother seventh round pick, the Bengals selected Ohio native TE Mason Schreck late in the 2017 draft. He spent all year on the Bengals’ Injured/Reserve list after getting hurt in the 2017 preseason.Schreck had a decent showing in the preseason, collecting nine receptions with 118 yards. But he fumbled twice in the few games in which he played, so his ball security might have been a bad enough issue to keep him off the roster. However, his consistency in other areas combined with an injury to Cethan Carter and the release of Ryan Hewitt helped create an opening on the final roster.ON THE ROSTER: Mark WaltonThe fourth round pick out of Miami failed to live up to his billing during the preseason. Rookie RB Mark Walton only gained 21 yards on 22 attempts despite playing behind the same offensive lines as Tra Carson and Brian Hill. Carson did well to earn a spot , gaining 77 yards with 20 carries and rushing for two touchdowns. But Hill rushed for 87 yards in 17 attempts, so he should have won out over Walton every day when you compare stats. But Hill was cut in favor of Walton, showing that the Bengals would favor their own draft pick over someone they signed off the Falcons’ practice squad. The Bengals weren’t going to cut a healthy, fourth round rookie.ON THE ROSTER: Tony McRaeThere is a log-jam at the cornerback position after the Bengals drafted two in 2018. CB Tony McRae has been good over the last few preseasons, but just hasn’t been able to break his way onto an opening day roster. He looked to be sitting behind the likes of KeiVarae Russell and Darius Phillips as the sixth cornerback. McRae was held back from most of training camp due to an ankle injury, but when he recovered, he played well enough to keep his job. As Hobson wrote, “McRae didn’t play Thursday night after he made his season debut in Buffalo, that may indicate he’s made it and they wanted him to rest the sprained ankle he’s been nursing since early in camp.” As a result, KeiVarae Russell was cut...CUT: KeiVarae RussellRussell’s preseason finale performance was not great and that hurt his roster chances. Now, he’s on the waiver wire, but if he makes it through he could return to the Bengals once some guys currently on the roster are moved to Injured/Reserve. The Bengals initially got Russell on the waiver wire in his rookie year when the Chiefs cut him during roster cut weekend.ON THE ROSTER: Josh TupouAn undrafted second-year player out of Colorado, Josh Tupou had a tough road to the roster this year as a young interior defensive lineman. When the Bengals released Chris Baker, the jam cleared ahead of Tupou. The last spot on the defensive line came down between Tupou and Andrew Brown (a fifth round pick from this years’ draft), but Tupou played much better this preseason. So here, the rookie draft pick was cut, as was the veteran Johnson.Bengals sign Thomas Rawls; Tra Carson to IR UPDATE: It turns out that Tra Carson reverted to the Bengals’ reserve/injured list on Thursday after clearing waivers. The team still could ultimately release him from the list if he or they want Youth Jordan Evans Jersey , but for now, he remains a member of the Bengals while recovering from his injury. The Bengals have another shakeup in their backfield.On Wednesday, the team used the waived/injured designation on Tra Carson and signed free agent running back Thomas Rawls. Carson was injured during practice on Monday, which led to Rawls being signed ahead of the team’s Week 3 clash with the Panthers. It’s a bad break for Carson, and hopefully he gets placed on injured reserve if it’s bad enough so the Bengals can keep him. According to Marvin Lewis, Carson was injured in Monday’s practice but it isn’t a season-ending injury. As for Rawls, he was once a rising star in the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seahawks in 2015. However, injuries have led to his downfall, so much that he failed to make an NFL roster entering Week 1.In three seasons with the Seahawks, Rawls rushed 314 times for 1,336 yards (4.3 ypc) and7touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 266 yards 8.6 (avg.) and one score. He signed with the Jets this year but was let go during final cuts. If Rawls can get back to what he was as a rookie, this will be a huge addition to the Bengals’ backfield, especially with Joe Mixon out due to minor knee surgery, which should sideline him 2-4 weeks.
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