Much like they did at quarterback, the Bengals snapped trends by only keeping two tight ends heading into their regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Initially Chase Coffman made the 53-man roster soon after Sept. 10 roster cuts before the team put a claim on tight end Mickey Shuler Jr. off waivers. Coffman was waived to make room for Shuler, who ended up failing his physical leaving a spot open on the 53-man roster (which eventually went to defensive back Rico Murray). Cincinnati did bring Coffman back to the practice squad.
That being said, Cincinnati's tight end roster played well. Gresham ended the game as the team's leading receiver, posting six receptions for 58 yards receiving and a touchdown. Cincinnati's second (and only other) tight end, Colin Cochart, was the team's fourth rookie to start on offense against the Browns, receiving high marks from his offensive coordinator Jay Gruden the day after.
"He’s got a big upside. He blocks well. He’s a tough kid. He’s not afraid," Gruden said. "We just have to hone in on his pass receiving skills, but he’s got the intangibles and strengths to be a good tight end for awhile."
Gruden continued, not necessarily saying that the Bengals are looking to sign another tight end, it doesn't mean they won't look if someone comes along.
"Chase (Coffman on the practice squad) is still here. He's a good option, but our eyes will be open, no question."