The Cincinnati Bengals trimmed their roster down to the 53 man NFL maximum Saturday. Although no major surprises are among those cut, the Bengals opted to let go backup quarterback Dan LeFevour and go into the season with just two quarterbacks.
Also let go on the offense were RB Jay Finley,FB Fui Vakapuna, and WR Andrew Hawkins. Expect Finley and Hawkins to be signed to the practice squad if they clear waivers.
On defense, the Bengals released DE Victor Adeyanju, DT Jason Shirley, LB Dequin Evans, CB Brandon Ghee, CB Rico Murray, and CB Jonathan Wade. Murray's release was a bit surprising due to his outstanding play on special teams.
That means several "bubble" players will begin the season on the roster including S Gibril Wilson, free agent WR Ryan Whalen, CB Morgan Trent, C Reggie Stephens, LB Dan Skuta, LB Vincent Rey, S Jeromy Miles, and TE Colin Cochert.
Cochert's cause was aided when the Bengals placed Bo Scaife on the injured reserve list, sidelining him for the season. He joins rookie LB Roddrick Muckelroy as the only two on that list. Adam "Pac Man" Jones remains on the PUP list and LB Keith Rivers on the non-football injury list. Both are unable to practice with the team for six weeks.
Starting guard Bobbie Williams will miss four weeks for violating the league's substance policy. That likely means rookie Clint Boling will take over at his guard spot since Max Jean-Gilles was let go.
This roster isn't set in stone, however. The Bengals will be closely monitoring the moves by the other NFL teams in search of upgrades. Bengals 101 will be on the wire reporting roster moves as they happen. Follow us on Twitter @bengals_101 or log on here to see the Twitter feed for up to the minute bulletins.
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