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DT Pat Sims: Sims has struggled to stay healthy during his tenure in Cincinnati. He’s a solid run-stuffer but is the odd man out with the arrival of two rookies at the position.
DE Derrick Harvey: Harvey ends up cut as there is simply not enough room on the roster.
WR Brandon Tate: Now that the Bengals have enough depth at corner, Adam Jones can go back to being the primary kick and punt returner. Tate is cut as a result.
LB Vontaze Burfict (PS): Burfict is known for his issues, but he’s a sound player. There are too many good linebackers on the roster already, but he’ll find a home on the practice squad until he gets his chance a few years from now.
TE Colin Cochart (PS): Cochart played well in limited time last year. Unfortunately for him Orson Charles is better and Donald Lee hasn’t retired yet. He’ll land on the practice squad.
WR Ryan Whalen (PS): Whalen won’t get a chance this year because of the arrival of two rookies but he’ll land softly on the practice squad and await his opportunity.
QB Zac Robinson (PS): Robinson is a solid backup quarterback prospect who is a nice insurance policy for the Bengals.
S Robert Sands (PS): Sands hasn’t developed to the point of being a backup on the roster just yet. He’s still a few years out, if at all.
RB Dan Herron (PS): Unless Herron is amazing on special teams, he isn’t beating out Cedric Peerman for the fourth spot.
CB Shaun Prater (PS): Prater won’t make the roster this year thanks to all the veterans in front of him. He’ll be a huge contributor the year after.
CB Brandon Ghee (PS): Ghee has shown flashes of ability but is now buried by veterans and rookies alike.
PS = Practice Squad