3 cut candidates on the Bengals’ roster bubble entering 2021 training camp
The Cincinnati Bengals have set themselves up with a decent foundation for their rebuild. They’re hopeful Joe Burrow comes back healthy after being sidelined with a season-ending injury last year. The front office drafted his college teammate JaMarr Chase with their first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, giving Burrow a great receiving core to work with. The defense is a bit lacking though, but they have some key pieces that should help the Bengals improve in that area.
Cincinnati plays in a tough AFC North division, as all three of their division rivals are playoff contenders. It’ll be a tough journey for the Bengals, but their offense has the weapons necessary to surprise their opponents. This team will struggle, but they should improve and be closer to the middle of the pack than most believe.
To do that, the Bengals will need the best roster possible. They’re only allowed 53 players on the roster, so cuts will be coming throughout training camp. We’ll see how it plays out for the Bengals, as they have some solid weapons on offense. With that said, here are three cut candidates on the Bengals roster bubble entering training camp.
The running back position seems to be a strong point for the Bengals’ offense. Joe Mixon is a great rusher when he’s healthy and the Bengals have been lucky with their backup players. Samaje Perine did well with his opportunities and likely earned the backup role this year. That leaves one, maybe two spots available in the backfield.
With the additions of Chris Evans and Pooka Williams, it’s hard to imagine Trayveon Williams makes the final roster. He’s entering the third year of his career and received just 26 rush attempts in 2020. He didn’t play much of a factor in the passing game either, and that is likely the type of running back the Bengals are looking for as their third and fourth option.
He seems to have gained a ton of hype being Randy Moss’s son, but Thaddeus Moss is on the outside looking in on the Bengals depth chart. They don’t have the most impressive tight end group, but it’s clear who the main two players are on the depth chart. CJ Uzomah and Drew Sample seem to have the top two spots locked down, which means Moss will be competing against four other guys for a spot on the final roster.
He didn’t play at all his rookie year due to the fact he was dealing with a foot injury. Some are hopeful Moss can turn things around for himself, but the odds are not in his favor. Look for the Bengals to look elsewhere, as Moss could be cut early in training camp.
The Bengals clearly are looking for a new kicker after drafting Evan McPherson in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Austin Seibert has been less than impressive in his two years in the NFL, kicking just 81.6% for field goals. His extra-point attempts aren’t much better, which is why Cincinnati is looking for someone more consistent. Look for McPherson to be the kicker for this team this year, especially since the Bengals used a fifth-round pick to acquire him.