October 17, 2021

Bengals roster cuts: Tracking the path to 53 players – Bengals Wire


The Cincinnati Bengals will cut the roster down to 53 players to comply with the NFL’s Tuesday deadline.

Keep in mind cutting the roster to 53 players is merely the beginning and the initial 53 isn’t anywhere close to being the final 53. The team can pass players from the 53 to IR, add via trades or waivers and more.

And for the players let go, they could end up back on the practice squad or even on a different team’s 53.

Here’s a running tally of Bengals cuts and moves today.

Jun 11, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals center Billy Price (53) participates in drills during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals got a jump on the cut-down process by trading former first-round pick Billy Price to the New York Giants in exchange for defensive lineman B.J. Hill.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Mike Jordan runs a drill during NFL football training camp, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

The Bengals made an expected move to start Tuesday with the reported release of Michael Jordan, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Xavier Su’a-Filo and Quinton Spain are the starting guards and rookies D’Ante Smith and Jackson Carman are the backups.

Aug 17, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jacques Patrick (31)during training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick lost out on the numbers game at running back, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Trent Taylor (11) walks back to the line between plays during a training camp practice at the Paul Brown Stadium training field in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.
Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp

Despite a strong summer, Taylor won’t be on the final 53, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Mason Schreck (86) breaks a tackle attempt by Washington cornerback Greg Stroman (37) during the first half of the preseason NFL football game between Cincinnati Bengals and Washington on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Cincinnati Bengals Vs Washington

Schreck misses the roster, per Schefter, clearing the way for Thaddeus Moss.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Antonio Phillips stretches during an NFL football rookie minicamp in Cincinnati, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

A notable undrafted free agent, the Bengals will likely try to bring Phillips back on the practice squad. Schefter reported.

May 25, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals halfback Pooka Williams Jr. (36) runs a drill with halfback Chris Evans (25) during practice at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

After learning returns on special teams and playing at wideout, the Bengals would likely love to have Pooka back on the practice squad. Reported by Pelissero.