This morning, I decided to try my hand at building a Bengals Roster. This is something I do every year because I am a giant nerd.
My problem is when combing through the roster, I cannot find 53 NFL Players.
We have talent on the roster for sure but there are areas of startling lack of depth. A good example is the Offensive Line, I came into this thinking there is no way they keep Andre Smith on the roster now, there is no way he isn't on the roster given what else they have to work with....
Here is my Roster, you guys let me know where I am missing guys.
QB: They keep three with Dolegala on the PS. Dalton (duh), Driskel, Finley (can't stash him on the
PS he will get grabbed) - no others left on the roster
RB: 3 with Anderson on the IR. Mixon, Bernard, Trayveon Williams. Placing Anderson on the IR is smart, that will allow him to take a medical redshirt year and more time to get that knee right. This leaves Jordan Ellis and Quinton Flowers and neither are 53 man roster players
TE: Keeping 3 - Eifert, Sample, and Uzomah on the roster. You can make an argument with either Franks or Carter making the roster but both seem like fringe guys, keep one on the PS cut the other. They still get a foreign player exception for Boeringer so stash him away for another year, that leaves just Schreck and he has show nothing the last 3 seasons.
WR: Keeping 6 (7 with Green) - Boyd, Ross, Core, Erickson, and Malone all make the team. Take the best one of Tate, Morgan, and Damion Willis and put the other two on PS. Put Green on the IR and shelve him for the first 6 games, don't mess around with this give him time to heal. When I did my first 53 man roster I had all three (Tate, Morgan, and Damion Willis) on the PS which is truly where they belong IMHO).
OT: Keeping 3 (yikes) - Glenn, Hart, and Smith ugh..... Jonah Williams goes on the Season Ending IR. Here is what is left over at Tackle....Kent Perkins, Keaton Sutherland, and O'Shea Dugas....these guys are not NFL caliber players IMHO.
OG: Keeping 5 - Trey Hopkins, Miller, Jerry, Jordan, Westerman - I guess you keep Redmond but honestly he seems like a cut to me after three years of uninspiring performance, keeping 6 Guards does not help the situation at Tackle. This leaves just Justin Evans on the Roster to be cut.
C: Just Keeping 1 - Price. The other guys listed at C is Brad Lundblade whoever that is....
Adding up 3 QBs, 3 RBs, 3 TEs, 6 WRs, 3 Tackles, 5 Guards, and a Center you get....24 One short of 25 and I guess you argue that Green will get the last slot but really we should IR him for the first six or risk further issues and complications. This is an awful tight roister, usually in my first draft I come up with 30 or so players, here I can barely come up with 25...not good, and that is with the Bengals carrying 3 QBs which is unheard of in the ML era.
Defense: here it gets little easier but we are very much relying on young guys to step up
CB: Keeping 6...Kirkpatrick, Dennard, Will Jackson, Webb, Russell, and Darius Phillips. This leaves Jordan Brown who feels like a Practice Squad candidate given the way he has played in training camp. This leaves Chesley, Davontae Harris, and Tony McRae on the Roster without a spot.
S: Keeping 4, Bates, Shawn Williams, Fejedelem, and Wilson. Henderson gets a PS slot with Lippett, Cox, and Tyree Kinnel on the outside looking in.
LB: Keeping 5, Vigil, Pratt, Preston Brown, Jordan Evans, and Deshaun Davis. Jefferson looks like a lost cause, Nickerson does not have the athleticism to be on an NFL Roster...this leaves Noah Dawkins, Curt Akins, and Sterling Sheffield.
DE: Keeping 5, Dunlap, Hubbard, Lawson, Jordan Willis, and Wynn. The only other guys are Ringo, and Immanuel Turner and neither of these guys seem like NFL guys.
DT: Keeping 5....Atkins, Billings, Brown, Glasgow, and Wren. Tupou seems like a PS guy.
Linebackers are super young, Pratt looks like a find in camp but there is a lot of risk. I like the make up of the DE and DT squad, hopefully Brown can bounce back and be the guys we think he can be. The DB group also looks strong and reasonably deep....the LBers will make or break us. Adding this up, 6 CBs, 4 Safeties, 5 LBs, 5 DEs, and 5 DTs gives us 25.
Specialists 1 K, 1 Punter, and 1 LS....
24 on Offense, 25 on Defense, and 3 for Specialists gives us 52 players, scary that things are so tight here....