Wysłany: 2018-10-31, 08:01 7 biggest surprises on the Bengals 53-man roster
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 http://www.bengalscheapsh....-uzomah-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 Johnsons 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. Theres 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 wouldnt 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 Cheap A.J. Green Jersey , 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 werent 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 hasnt 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 http://www.bengalscheapsh...dy-glenn-jersey , McRae didnt play Thursday night after he made his season debut in Buffalo, that may indicate hes made it and they wanted him to rest the sprained ankle hes been nursing since early in camp. As a result, KeiVarae Russell was cut...CUT: KeiVarae RussellRussells preseason finale performance was not great and that hurt his roster chances. Now, hes 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 at Panthers injury report: Preston Brown and Michael Johnson still limited The Bengals are getting healthier ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the Panthers, but several key players still look iffy for Sunday.That includes linebacker Preston Brown and defensive end Michael Johnson, both of whom were limited on Thursday for a second-straight day. Brown is recovering from his ankle injury suffered in Week 1 Bengals Jordan Evans Jersey , while Johnson is battling an MCL sprain suffered in Week 2. It looks like both players are trending toward a questionable designation for Week 3, though Brown looks like the likelier of the two to play. Bobby Hart did not practice due to an illness, but hes expected to be ok for Sunday. Joe Mixon and Billy Price didnt practice again as theyll likely miss at least the next two games. Giovani Bernard got in a full session Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. As for the Panthers, it was pretty much the same story as Wednesday. Cornerback Donte Jackson (groin), tight end Greg Olsen (foot) wide receiver Curtis Samuel (medical illness), safety Da'Norris Searcy (concussion) and guard Trai Turner (concussion) all remained sidelined and look unlikely to play Sunday. Turner is the biggest loss if hes inactive, as hes become a very good guard for a team thats already been hit hard along the offensive line with injuries. If hes out, that will allow Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings to make a bigger impact in a game they need to dominate for the Bengals to win.The only other Panther on the injury report was wide receiver Damiere Byrd (knee) getting in a limited session.
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