Following an eventful day of roster cuts, we have our first take a look on the Cincinnati Bengals preliminary fifty three-man roster forward of the 2022 season.
The Bengals didn’t make too many surprising inclusions or exclusions on Tuesday afternoon as they accomplished the third wave of NFL roster cuts. Zac Taylor and his crew of coaches had pivotal selections to make to trim down the roster by 4 p.m. ET, weighing numerous professionals and cons and sealing many gamers’ futures.
It’s essential to understand that this roster isn’t set in stone for the upcoming season, and loads might happen all through waiver claims and as quickly as teams place gamers on injured reserve. For now, although, these gamers have secured a tentative spot on the Bengals’ squad heading into 2022.
right here’s a quick breakdown of every place group on the roster.
Bengals preliminary fifty three-man roster for 2022 season:
Quarterback (2): Joe Burrow, Brandon Allen
there have been whispers that Jake Browning might overtake Allen for the QB2 function, however Allen’s expertise inside the offensive scheme probably gained out inside the future. The Bengals will take two quarterbacks into the 2022 season and preserve their fingers crossed that Burrow doesn’t get injured.
working backs (4): Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine, Chris Evans, Trayveon Williams
Mixon and Perine had been locks for the very biggest two spots, and Chris Evans get a nod as a versatile go-catching RB3. Trayveon Williams beat out Jacques Patrick to earn the remaining spot, and time will inform whether or not Williams deserves it.
huge receiver (5): Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Stanley Morgan, Trent Taylor
Cincinnati’s elite trifecta wants no rationalization, and Stanley Morgan and Trent Taylor will re-assume their backup roles from 2021. There’s no question that the Bengals will add further depth to this unit earlier than the start of the season, most actually bringing again particular teams stud Mike Thomas as quickly as the crew places a quantity of gamers on injured reserve.
It’s a disgrace that youthful talents like Kwamie Lassiter and Kendric Pryor didn’t make the minimize, however they’re going to proceed creating their expertise on the apply squad in the event that they aren’t claimed by waivers.
Tight finish (three): Hayden Hurst, Drew pattern, Mitchell Wilcox
With Hurst as a outcome of the go-to go-catching tight finish and Drew pattern making contributions in run-blocking, Wilcox secured the remaining spot. He beat out Justin Rigg, Nick Eubanks, and Thaddeus Moss (most remembered for that hit on Kayvon Thibodeaux) for the TE3 function and completes the tight finish corps for 2022.
Offensive line (10): Jonah Williams, Cordell Volson, Ted Karras, Alex Cappa, La’el Collins, D’Ante Smith, Jackson Carman, Trey Hill, Hakeem Adeniji, Isaiah Prince
The starting 5 comes as no shock. As for the backups, many acquainted faces return to the squad and the hope is that they gained’t want to fill in for snaps besides fully needed. amongst the numerous O-line cuts at this time embody Lamont Gaillard, Nate Gilliam, and Desmond Noel.
inside defensive place (4): D.J. Reader, B.J. Hill, Zach Carter, Josh Tupou
Rookie Zach Carter tasks to be an reliable backup with the potential to develop proper into a starting function as he learns from Hill; Josh Tupou will get launched again after a productive 2021 season whereby he proved to be a reliable run-stuffing sort out. Nothing loopy right here.
Defensive finish (6): Trey Hendrickson, Sam Hubbard, Joseph Ossai, Cameron pattern, Jeffrey Gunter, Khalid Kareem
The crew made extremely effective decisions on this unit, opting to minimize Noah Spence, Domenique Davis, and Raymond Johnson in favor of Cameron pattern, Jeffrey Gunter, and Khalid Kareem. pattern, Gunter, and Kareem all signify draft picks from the final two years and might shoulder backup and rotational duties.
Linebacker (5): Logan Wilson, Germaine Pratt, Markus Bailey, Akeem Davis-Gaither, Clay Johnston
the texture-good story of the day is seeing Clay Johnston make the fifty three-man roster. Johnston put himself on the map inside the Bengals’ preseason sport in opposition to the mannequin the manhattan Giants and presents an excellent quantity of worth on specials teams. the the rest of the unit consists of acquainted faces who will sort out their respective starting and backup roles inside the 2022 season.
Cornerback (7): Mike Hilton, Chidobe Awuzie, Eli Apple, Tre Flowers, Cam Taylor-Britt, Jalen Davis, Allan George
With Cam Taylor-Britt set to land on injured reserve, the Bengals might contemplate including extra depth to their cornerback unit. Allan George, the UDFA out of Vanderbilt, and Jalen Davis, a particular teams contributor, every proved his value in teaching camp this 12 months, however Cincinnati might even be motivated to signal one other cornerback, maybe on the waiver wire, in the event that they discover somebody greater than George or Davis.
safety (5): Jessie Bates, Vonn Bell, Dax Hill, Michael Thomas, Tycen Anderson
Was anyone anxious that Dax Hill wouldn’t win a roster spot? We didn’t suppose so. Michael Thomas, to not be confused with WR Mike Thomas, rounds out the group collectively with his expertise and particular teams skill, and rookie Tycen Anderson will get the nod forward of Trayvon Henderson.
particular teams (three): Evan McPherson, Kevin Huber, Clark Harris
Breaking information: Evan McPherson has made the Bengals’ fifty three-man roster. an infinite shock, proper?
We’re joking, clearly. the largest shock is arguably Kevin Huber beating Drue Chrisman for the punter job, permitting Huber to proceed his streak of dominance and doubtlessly set a formidable report in Week 1. Clark Harris returns as a outcome of the prolonged snapper.
general, not too shabby. Some roster selections might come beneath extra scrutiny than others, however that is the Bengals preliminary fifty three-man roster for 2022.