Bengals attempted to bring in former Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood off waivers
The Cincinnati Bengals were aggressive with the waiver wire and tried to bring in former Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins all put in a waiver claim.
The most popular player to hit the waiver system this weekend was former Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood. Four teams – the Redskins, Colts, Jaguars and Bengals – all placed a claim on him, per source.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 2, 2019
The Redskins were awarded him based on the waiver wire order. Smallwood was a victim of the Eagles having too many running backs, but he is only 25 years old and should be a big player for the Redskins this season.
Since coming into the league in 2016, Smallwood has rushed for 850 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also a great back at catching the ball out of the backfield, and that is probably the role he will play with the Redskins.
For the Bengals, they have Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard as the top two backs, but they really could use a solid third-string back.
Bengals rookie running back Rodney tore his ACL and will miss the entire season. Trayveon Williams is expected to play week one, but he is coming back from a foot injury and could be slowed early in the season. Bernard has also been injury-prone during the season, so this is a team that is always in search of running backs.
Even though the team didn’t get Smallwood, it’s good to see the team being aggressive, and if another running back comes available, I would expect the Bengals will be aggressive in trying to get them.
For now, it’s a good one-two punch in Mixon and Bernard who are both expecting big years.