Cincinnati Bengals Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVAugust 26, 2013

Cincinnati Bengals Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

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    Week 1 in the NFL rapidly approaches, which means teams need to trim their rosters down from the maximum 90 they were allowed for training camp to the 53 men required for the regular season.

    The Cincinnati Bengals need to reduce their ranks to 75 by Tuesday afternoon and then down to 53 by 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Here, we'll update every player released and depth chart rearranging, from the first cut to the last.

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    The Cincinnati Bengals have reduced their roster to the league-required 53 players. Here are those who did not survive the final round of cuts on Saturday:

    • FB John Conner
    • T Dennis Roland
    • TE/LS Bryce Davis
    • S Tony Dye
    • T Reid Fragel
    • WR Cobi Hamilton
    • RB Daniel Herron
    • C T.J. Johnson
    • CB Chris Lewis-Harris
    • CB Onterio McCalebb
    • DE Dontay Moch
    • CB Shaun Prater
    • WR Taveon Rogers
    • WR Roy Roundtree
    • LB J.K. Schaffer
    • QB John Skelton
    • DT Terrence Stephens
    • G John Sullen
    • LB Bruce Taylor

    In addition, running back Bernard Scott will start the season on the injured reserve-recall list, allowing him to come back after Week 6.

    A quick scan of the young players released by the Bengals on Saturday belies some of their plans for the practice squad. Names that stand out to be part of that group include defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, linebacker J.K. Schaffer and cornerback Onterio McCalebb.

    This round of cuts cements Orson Charles as the team's starting fullback. Dontay Moch, whom the Bengals were reportedly looking to trade, must not have generated much interest as he was released on Saturday.

    Most interesting is the release of running back Dan Herron after a strong preseason and the fact that presently the Bengals have but five linebackers on their 53-man roster; they could, however, add another one in free agency in the coming days. The Bengals are also thin at offensive tackle after releasing both Dennis Roland and Reid Fragel.

Previewing and Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Cincinnati Bengals have announced their practice squad, with seven players signed of a possible eight. The players are as follows:

    • RB Daniel Herron
    • LB J.K. Schaffer
    • WR Cobi Hamilton
    • OT Reid Fragel
    • G/C T.J. Johnson
    • CB Chris Lewis-Harris
    • CB Onterio McCalebb

    None of the signings are surprises. After their roster was reduced to 53 it was believed many of the younger players released would wind up on the practice squad. The only notable absence is defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, but based on what the Bengals may decide about injured receiver Andrew Hawkins, Stephens could make an appearance on the squad in the coming days. 

Final Depth Chart

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    Here is what the Cincinnati Bengals' depth chart should look like headed into Week 1 of the regular season, as all their roster cuts have been completed:

    QB: Andy Dalton, Josh Johnson

    RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead, Bernard Scott (IR-recall)

    FB: Orson Charles

    WR1: A.J. Green, Brandon Tate, Dane Sanzenbacher, Andrew Hawkins

    WR2: Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Ryan Whalen

    TE: Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, Alex Smith

    LT: Andrew Whitworth, Anthony Collins

    LG: Clint Boling, Miike Pollak

    C: Kyle Cook, Trevor Robinson

    RG: Kevin Zeitler, Tanner Hawkinson

    RT: Andre Smith, Dennis Roland

    LDE: Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Margus Hunt

    NT: Domata Peko, Brandon Thompson

    DT: Geno Atkins, Devon Still

    RDE: Michael Johnson, Wallace Gilberry, DeQuin Evans (suspended)

    SLB: James Harrison, Emmanuel Lamur (IR)

    WLB: Vontaze Burfict, Jayson DiManche

    MLB: Rey Maualuga, Vincent Rey

    RCB: Leon Hall, Adam Jones

    LCB: Terence Newman, Brandon Ghee, Dre Kirkpatrick

    FS: Reggie Nelson, Jeromy Miles

    SS: George Iloka, Taylor Mays, Shawn Williams

    K: Mike Nugent

    P: Kevin Huber

    H: Kevin Huber

    LS: Clark Harris

    KR: Brandon Tate, Adam Jones, Giovani Bernard, Marvin Jones

    PR: Adam Jones, Brandon Tate, Giovani Bernard, Marvin Jones, Dane Sanzenbacher

Starters and Injury Notes

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    With one more preseason game left to play and roster cuts approaching, it's possible that some players listed as starters on the Cincinnati Bengals depth chart could see their position shifting. As of now, here are the starters for the Bengals at each position.

    Starters

    QB: Andy Dalton

    RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis

    FB: Orson Charles

    WR1: A.J. Green

    WR2: Mohamed Sanu

    TE: Jermaine Gresham

    LT: Andrew Whitworth*

    LG: Clint Boling

    C: Kyle Cook

    RG: Kevin Zeitler

    RT: Andre Smith*

    LDE: Carlos Dunlap*

    NT: Domata Peko

    DT: Geno Atkins

    RDE: Michael Johnson

    SLB: James Harrison

    WLB: Vontaze Burfict

    MLB: Rey Maualuga

    SS: George Iloka

    FS: Reggie Nelson

    RCB: Leon Hall

    LCB: Terence Newman

    KR: Brandon Tate

    PR: Adam Jones

    K: Mike Nugent

    P: Kevin Huber

    LS: Clark Harris

    H: Kevin Huber

    (* indicates injured)

    Injury Notes

    Right tackle Andre Smith's knee injury isn't serious, and he should be ready for the regular season, but left tackle Andrew Whitworth still has no timetable for his return. Whitworth has an injured knee that has been bothering him throughout training camp. 

    Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, meanwhile, is out of the walking boot he's been wearing while coming back from an ankle sprain, which makes him less likely to miss too much regular season time.

    Defensive end Carlos Dunlap is working his way back from a concussion he suffered in training camp.

First Round of Roster Cuts

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    The Cincinnati Bengals must reduce their roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The first wave of cuts were announced via the team's official confirmation at Bengals.com. Their official Twitter feed confirmed the remainder, and their roster sits at 75 prior to deadline. 

    • TE Richard Quinn
    • DT Vaughn Meatoga
    • WR Jheranie Boyd
    • CB Terrence Brown
    • LB Jordan Campbell
    • K/P Quinn Sharp
    • G Otis Hudson
    • T Jason Weaver

    On injured reserve:

    • LB Brandon Joiner
    • LB Sean Porter

    On the physically unable to perform list:

    • FB Chris Pressley
    • QB Zac Robinson

    None of the Bengals cuts were all that shocking in their first round of releases. The harder decisions appear to be coming by Saturday evening, when the roster must be reduced to 53 players.

Depth Chart Post 75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    Now that the Bengals have reduced their roster to 75 players, here's what their depth chart currently looks like.

    QB: Andy Dalton, John Skelton, Josh Johnson

    RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Cedric Peerman, Daniel Herron, Rex Burkhead, Bernard Scott

    FB: Orson Charles, John Conner

    WR1: A.J. Green, Brandon Tate, Dane Sanzenbacher, Taveon Rogers, Roy Roundtree, Andrew Hawkins

    WR2: Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Ryan Whalen

    TE: Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, Alex Smith, Bryce Davis

    LT: Andrew Whitworth, Anthony Collins

    LG: Clint Boling, Miike Pollak, John Sullen

    C: Kyle Cook, Trevor Robinson, T.J. Johnson

    RG: Kevin Zeitler, Tanner Hawkinson

    RT: Andre Smith, Dennis Roland, Reid Fragle

    LDE: Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Margus Hunt

    NT: Domata Peko, Brandon Thompson, Terrence Stephens

    DT: Geno Atkins, Devon Still

    RDE: Michael Johnson, Wallace Gilberry, Dontay Moch, DeQuin Evans

    SLB: James Harrison, Emmanuel Lamur

    WLB: Vontaze Burfict, Jayson DiManche, Bruce Taylor

    MLB: Rey Maualuga, Vincent Rey, J.K. Schaffer

    RCB: Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Shaun Prater, Chris Lewis-Harris

    LCB: Terence Newman, Brandon Ghee, Dre Kirkpatrick, Onterio McCalebb

    FS: Reggie Nelson, Jeromy Miles, Tony Dye

    SS: George Iloka, Taylor Mays, Shawn Williams

    K: Mike Nugent

    P: Kevin Huber

    H: Kevin Huber

    LS: Clark Harris

    KR: Brandon Tate, Adam Jones, Giovani Bernard, Marvin Jones, Onterio McCalebb

    PR: Adam Jones, Brandon Tate, Giovani Bernard, Marvin Jones, Dane Sanzenbacher

Free Agents the Bengals Have Signed or Are Rumored to Be Pursuing

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    Chris Wesseling and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com are both reporting that waived former New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy is heading for the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad soon; the question is whether he arrives there as a released player or one who received an injury settlement from New York.

    Pro Football Talk reports that the Bengals will be re-signing offensive tackle Dennis Roland.