It’s coming to the saddest time of the year in the NFL schedule. Every offseason, teams come to the point where they have to let go of a significant chunk of their training camp rosters, effectively ending the dreams of a multitude of NFL hopefuls. It’s also a tough time for any fan who was pulling for a specific longshot, perhaps one drafted or signed to a camp deal from their alma mater, just to see the door slammed in their new favorite’s face after receiving a glimpse of hope.
Unfortunately, each NFL team can only carry 53 players on their roster, 55 including two practice squad guys. The Cincinnati Bengals are no exception to the rule, and there are certainly a few fan favorites who just aren’t going to make the cut this season. With the team in the fledgling stage of Joe Burrow’s prime, the time is now for Cincinnati to capitalize on its new franchise quarterback. The Bengals have already made one Super Bowl and nearly another in the Burrow era, but they can’t afford to feel complacent with their roster building. Just ask Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers, and their one Super Bowl ring together why.
With that being said, this offseason is imperative for the Bengals, lest they take another step back from their 2021 Cinderella run to the Super Bowl. That means that the Cincinnati brass must be prudent with their cuts this training camp, as even the 53rd man on the roster can be a vital resource in a 17-game season mired with injuries. That being said, here are three players who aren’t likely to make the final roster.
The Cincinnati Bengals took a flier on running back Chris Evans out of Michigan with their sixth-round pick in 2021. Through two seasons, he’s yet to make a significant impact, failing to garner a single carry last year. With Joe Mixon and Trayveon Williams already on the roster and the Bengals taking another back in Chase Brown out of Illinois in the fifth round of this past draft, it appears that Evans’s days are numbered in Cincinnati.
Devin Cochran was signed by the Bengals as an undrafted college free agent last year. While his acquisition was a nice move to add depth along the front lines for Cincinnati, he proved to be unnecessary, as Cochran spent the entire campaign on the practice squad. With three left tackles in front of him on the depth chart in Orlando Brown Jr., Jackson Carman, and D’Ante Smith, it’s unlikely that Cochran will make the final roster again, even as a practice squad player this time around.
Nick Bowers was a free agent signing by the Bengals in 2022. He was added as depth to an already hefty lineup of tight ends for Cincinnati. Despite the amount of talent they already had committed to the position, that didn’t stop them from signing another college free agent in Christian Trahan, out of the University of Houston. Considering the fact that Bowers only played 79 total snaps in 2022, 39 of those coming on special teams, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a future for him in Cincinnati next season.
Of course, the Bengals have to cut a lot more than three players, as they’ll enter training camp with nearly 90 players this year. These are some of the “veterans” that are most likely to get the axe considering the depth at their positions and possible replacements seemingly already deemed. It would be a shock to see any of these three men survive training camp, but it would be a good surprise for any of their fans.
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