Bengals Invite 17 Players To Tryout During Rookie Minicamp

SPARTANBURG, SC - JULY 30: Tony Pike #16 of the Carolina Panthers prepares for training camp at Wofford College on July 30, 2011 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

UPDATE: We originally had 17 players based on Geoff Hobson's content, however Joe Reedy released a slightly different list, which included Morgan State fullback Jourdan Brooks and Indiana State fullback Brock Lough but didn't include Louisville tight end Josh Chicheseter and Kansas State linebacker Emmanuel Lamur.

The Cincinnati Bengals will host a handful of players during this weekend's rookie minicamp, to go along with the 30 players on the Bengals rookie minicamp roster, according to Geoff Hobson with Bengals.com. Typically the team invites a host of players that went through the NFL draft and undrafted free agency process without finding a home.

Now it's not unheard of that undrafted free agents, signed hours after the NFL draft, find ways to make the roster. But the longer it takes for a player to find a team, the harder his chances become. But that doesn't stop aspiring college players from trying. Those players will be given another opportunity to impress coaches, hoping for a contract and an opportunity to make the 53-man roster in early September.

Who are they?

Players in bold are confirmed from both sources.

Steve Hancock DE University of Cincinnati
Tony Pike QB University of Cincinnati
Reuben Haley CB University of Cincinnati
Billy Murphy OT Kentucky
Taideo Smith DB Kentucky
Josh Chicheseter TE Louisville
Chris Bryan P Melbourne, Victoria
Bubba Forrest S New Mexico
Patrick McClellan S Eastern Kentucky
Emmanuel Lamur LB Kansas State
Jake Trantin LB William and Mary
Kyle Fischer OT Vanderbilt
Grant Freeman OT Arkansas
Ryan Deehan TE Colorado
Matthew Hardison DT Delaware
Craig Wilson DT Illinois
Andrew Schaetzke DE Georgetown University
Jourdan Brooks FB Morgan State
Brock Lough FB Indiana State
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