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One teams garbage.. Another teams depth chart.

Meet Mr. Wade

I was looking through the roster page and have been noticing a lot of new faces their since last training camp. Due to the incredible amount of players the Bengals had injured or put on IR it's no surprise that the Bengals had so many additions to the roster. There may not be any future pro bowlers added to the roster but there might just be a guy who could be a big contributer or even starter like when the Bengals picked up Dhani off the street during the 2007 season.

I'm going to give everyone an idea of these unsung players that were signed. Some of them may have caught your attention with their hustle and play. Others may have had you pulling your hair out as they miss the easy PAT (Thanks Stitser) But who knows maybe one of these guys' hustle lands them a spot on next years 53 man roster.  Let me list the players I plan on talking about first, then I'll go from there.


# Name Position Age Height Weight Experience

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3 Clint Stitser PK 25 6'1" 200 1 Fresno State

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17 Shay Hodge WR 23 6'1" 209 1 Mississippi

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23 Fred Bennett CB 27 6'1" 200 5 South Carolina

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26 Jonathan Wade CB 27 5'11" 200 5 Tennessee

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47 Marvin White S 27 6'1" 199 4 Texas Christian

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72 Kirk Chambers OT 32 6'7" 315 7 Stanford

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86 Garrett Mills TE 27 6'1" 235 5 Tulsa

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95 Victor Adeyanju DE 28 6'4" 284 6 Indiana

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-- Andrew Gardner OT 25 6'6" 305 2 Georgia Tech

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-- David Pender CB 23 6-0 180 1 Purdue

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-- James Develin FB 22 6'3" 260 1 Brown

 

Starting of with the Kicker, Clint Stitser was really an example of signing a player off the street. 'Stits' was selling real estate before coming in to workout for the Bengals. 'Stits' was our 3rd kicker during the regular season after Nugent was hurt and Pettrey sucked hard. 'Stits' went 8/10 on PAT's and 7/8 on FG's, with those stats he still made all-rookie team, but as many pointed out, he was the only rookie kicker. Expect Stitser to be in stripes for at least some time next season, he most likely will make it to the 80 player camp roster.

Next on the list is receiver Shay Hodge, Aka the guy who took Dez Briscoe's practice squad spot. It's safe to say Shay was the man at his college Mississipi. Shay put together 40 receptions, 725 yards and 8 touchdowns his Junior year, then had a great 70 catch, 1135 yard, 8 TD season the following year. He graduated as a true Senior contributing all 4 seasons and never missed a game. In college he showed great ball skills, but isn't great at creating seperation. He's a guy who's quicker then fast as his 4.63 40 and 6.9 3-Cone times prove. He could prove to be an adequate WR in the new offense if given a chance, but I don't expect him to make the 53 anytime soon.

Corner back Fred Bennett was picked up mid season on November 23rd, as our defensive backfield slowly became more and more decimated. Bennett was ranked as the #11 corner of the 2007 NFL draft, and was drafted in the 4th round at pick 123 to the Houston Texans. He's been a journeyman so far only playing in the league for 5 years but has played for 3 teams so far. He saw limited time with the Bengals this season, even in this beat up defensive backfield. His stats during his tenure with the team were a whopping 1 tackle. I do think he may make the 80 man roster being used as a camp body, but don't expect to see him during the regular season(if everyone is healthy) .

Corner Jonathan Wade is another NFL journeyman. Like Bennett he came he was brought in due to the decimated defensive backfield. The Bengals brought in Wade November 22nd, after he was cut by the Lions (to make room for ex-Bengal kicker Dave Rayner). When he was drafted in 2007 he was ranked the 9th overall CB and was taken in the 3rd round to St. Louis Rams. Wade's tenure as a Bengal was a lot more productive then the other mid-season pick ups, he finished with 14 tackles and 2 passes deflected, which isn't too bad considering he was only active 4 games this season. Wade may not be a house hold name, but I expect him to make the 80 man roster for sure, and with a solid camp and pre-season I wouldn't be entirely shocked to see him make the 53.

Marvin White has definitely had an interesting NFL career so far. He was drafted by the Bengals in the 4th round during the 2007 draft, and was released on September 5th, 2009. He had a short stint playing for the Cowboys and the Lions, but re-signed by the Bengals on August 22nd 2010. He's not an elite player by any means, but plays pretty solid coming from a reserve role. His tackling technique is pretty poor at times, and can fail to wrap up. He will most likely be in it for Camp, but if a safety is drafted this year I see White being the odd man out come cut day.

Kirk Chambers is another veteran journeyman who was really on added for depth. Nearly his entire career he's been coming off the bench or replaced an injured vet. He's 32 years old already, so for a rebuilding team not exactly an ideal fit. With his lack of experience, his age, and the fact the Bengals will be drafting more OL this year, I don't expect Chambers to even make it into camp. If he were to make it camp he's only there as a camp body, and will be gone by the 53 man roster.

TE Garrett Mills isn't really a TE he's really an H-Back. He's a 6th year vet who may be able to find a niche in the new offense. Coming out of Tulsa in the 2006 NFL draft, he was listed as the #1 fullback, and was drafted in the 4th round to the Patriots. For those who may not be familiar what an H-Back  is it's a player who is a cross between a TE and a FB, typically having the build of a TE but may be a on the shorter side. Mills isn't big enough to play up at the line being 6'1" 235 lbs but could be an asset at full back in the WCO where a pass catching is really a requirement for the position. I do think he makes the 80 man roster, but where he goes from there will be a battle through the pre-season with the other full backs.

Victor Adeyanju is a defensive end who was picked up and waived a few times by the Bengals this season. He has decent size and motor but doesn't have the skill set to pick up many minutes in a NFL rotation. He spent 4 years in St Louis and was cut after their 2009 season. If Adeyanju makes it to the 80 man roster he's another camp body and nothing more. If everyone's healthy I really don't expect to see him during the regular season.

Offensive tackle Andrew Gardner, is a project Offensive tackle out of Georgia Tech. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 draft, and spent the following year in Miami. He was later cut and spent part of 2010 on the Ravens practice squad, waived early on in 2010 and the Bengals added him to the PS. He had the potential to go in the top half of the draft but he tore his Labrum during his 9th game of his senior year, and still wasn't strong enough to work out by the following spring at the combine. He is a decent project to develop, and considering this is an offensive line where Dennis Roland and Nate Livings were starters, I can't really make a good guess on him. I feel he does have enough potential to make the 80 man roster, but Gardner's only chances of making the team is the 53 as his PS eligibility is now used up.

David Pender is a young corner with 1 year in the league. He spent a lot of last year on the colts contributing 2 tackles to their defense. He was later waiver and the Bengals quickly placed him on their practice squad. He was an UDFA after the 2010 draft, he finished his senior season at Purdue with 33 solo tackles, 7 assists, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, a blocked kick and 13 passes defended. He has decent size at 6'0" 180 lbs while running a sub 4.5 40 with 39 inch vertical. He's a project corner who has the potential to contribute at the NFL level, he should make it to the 80 man camp roster, and at the very worst will be on practice squad for the next season.

Last but not least is Mr Ivy League, full back James Develin. During his tenure at Brown he contributed all 4 years, making all Ivy twice in his career. In college he was mainly a contributor on the defensive line and was brought out as a full back in short yardage situations. He has the size and strength to contribute at the H-Back position but he's really a work in progress, not ready yet in his technique to contribute much at the NFL level. If given the proper coaching he can be a great H back playing up on the line as a blocking tight end and used as a FB out of the back field. I think he may be able to make the the 80 man roster, it will just depend on if Reggie Kelly is coming back and if they feel Fui is worth the trouble with his health issues. He's a young player so the possibility of making the practice squad is still an option.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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