The Cincinnati Bengals were busy trolling the waiver wire today, picking up three players and letting go three of their own. The biggest signing was former New England Patriot kick returner, Brandon Tate. Bengals fans will remember Tate from his return for a touchdown in week one of 2010. Quan Cosby was released to make room for Tate. The team also claimed offensive lineman Mike McGlynn who was cut from the Eagles and TE Mickey Shuler, Jr. who was previously in Miami. Oft injured center Reggie Stephens and TE Chase Coffman were let go.
Tate replaces Cosby, who was the Bengals all-time leading punt returner in terms of yards per return. In New England, Tate only returned kickoffs, so there is a question whether or not he will be asked to return punts as well or whether that duty will fall to Jordan Shipley. Shuler is the son of former New York Jet tight end Mickey Shuler. Coffman was the Bengals 2009 third round pick out of Missouri. When drafted, the Bengals held high hopes he would develop into a major pass catching threat, but when he struggled to grasp the NFL game, the Bengals drafted Jermaine Gresham in 2010. The team also signed Bo Scaife this off season, but he was injured in training camp and placed on injured reserve.
The Bengals also signed seven players to their practice squad. FB James Devlin, LB DeQuin Evans, CB Brandon Ghee, WR Andrew Hawkins, QB Dan LeFevour, OT Matthew O’Donnell and DT Jason Shirley all return after being waived yesterday. Keeping LeFevour ensures the Bengals a third quarterback that won't count against the NFL's new gameday roster rules. The Bengals still have one remaining spot on the practice squad.
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