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Bengals waive Jeff Driskel with injury settlement

Jeff Driskel, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have waived quarterback Jeff Driskel with an injury settlement, the team announced. In the preseason, he suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve.

The Bengals added Driskel to the roster in 2016 after the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the sixth round out of Louisiana Tech and waived him. In 2018, Driskel beat out Matt Barkley for the backup job behind Andy Dalton and proceeded to start in five games.

In those five games, Driskel’s Bengals eked out one win over the Oakland Raiders. He finished within a score of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, and Los Angeles Chargers. Over the course of his final season in Cincinnati, the dual-threat quarterback tallied 1,003 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions on a 59.7% completion rate as a passer. As a runner, Driskel recorded 25 attempts for 130 yards and two scores.

Releasing Driskel was expected because of the injury situation. The Bengals added a quarterback in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft in N.C. State’s Ryan Finley, and the rookie outplayed Driskel in the preseason.

The Bengals now have two quarterbacks on the roster in Dalton and Finley. Barring an injury to either, Zac Taylor’s squad will likely roll with two for the remainder of the 2019 season.