Cincinnati Bengals: 4 Players Who Will Be Toughest to Cut
The unfortunate part to the roster regulations in the NFL is that sometimes, talented guys just have to get cut. Naturally, the NFL features the best football players around, and even guys with above-average skills will suffer at times.
It's no different in Cincinnati this season. With such an overflow of young talent on this team, we're starting to notice that the number of roster slots available are dwindling.
These guys would certainly be tough to lose, no matter how you slice it.
Adam Jones, CB
This is probably the least likely of the bunch here to be cut, but that mostly has to do with an injury problem at the position.
With rookie Dre Kirkpatrick uncertain for Week 1 and Leon Hall returning from a very devastating injury, Adam Jones may stick around only as a precaution.
My belief is that if everyone was fully healthy and ready to go, Jones would be in serious jeopardy of being cut. It's tough to swallow, mostly because you can't help but hope that the man that recorded 63 tackles and four picks in 2006 will show up again.
Plus, the guy is a good return man.
Unfortunately, injuries as a Bengal have hindered his performance, and with plethora of veterans ahead of him—as well as Kirkpatrick—Jones' time in Cincinnati is probably starting to run short.
Ryan Whalen, WR
To most Bengals' fans, Ryan Whalen may not be a very common name. Maybe you've heard of him, maybe not—in short, the guy hasn't made a huge splash in Cincinnati.
It's really a shame, considering how he was Andrew Luck's go-to guy at Stanford at one point. Unfortunately, injuries plagued his rookie season in 2011, so Whalen is on a massive bubble this year.
It's possible that, like Jordan Shipley was for his one season of productivity, Whalen could have been a good deep target. He always had decent hands that made up for a lack of speed.
With a crowded receiving corps, it's very possible that Whalen will be seeing the door, and that will spell the end of what could have been a very promising talent in Cincy.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB
Undrafted linebacker Emmanuel Lamur has been making quite a splash throughout the preseason since signing with the Bengals. He's been impressive in training camp and made a fair amount of impact in the first two preseason games.
With the way he tailed off in the most recent game against the Green Bay Packers, it may seem like this "rags to riches" type story may have a very abrupt ending.
Lamur has shown an incredible amount of power and tenacity this preseason, and that may be just the thing that saves him. It seems, though, that with a such a large amount of linebackers on this team, Lamur may be one man too many.
I have all the hopes in the world for this story to continue, but I fear I'll be disappointed.
Pat Sims, DT
This is not to say that Pat Sims has been the best defensive tackle since becoming a Bengal in 2008, but there's certainly loads of potential that could be lost if he's cut after the preseason.
Right now, Sims' struggles with injuries are going to be his potential downfall. He's entering his fifth season, and has only played in 16 games one time. He is currently on the PUP list and is expected to start the season there.
With Sims unable to meet expectations through four years, and the Bengals having drafted two stud rookies, his time in the Queen City may be dwindling. There have certainly been times where Sims has looked like a potential Pro Bowl nose tackle, but overall disappointments and injuries may force Cincinnati management to bid him farewell.