Bengals Sign Offensive Lineman Reggie Stephens

The Bengals announced the signing of a second offensive lineman today. The first was guard Matt Murphy, formerly of UNLV and the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons. The second is a familiar face in guard/center Reggie Stephens. Both Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com and Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer broke the news via Twitter.

#bengals have signed OG/C Reggie Stephens, who was here in 2010 as a seventh-round pick. Now 87 on the roster and 13 offensive linemen
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Stephens embodies what the team likes out of their offensive linemen--namely versatility. Stephens can play at multiple spots on the line and will likely be backing up Kyle Cook. If you remember, Stephens spent 2010 on the team's 53-man roster as Cook's backup, but was inactive for all 16 games. He was then released in 2011 after the club signed Mike McGlynn.

Stephens faces an uphill battle to make the roster this season, as the team has really made every attempt to beef up their guard positions and they rarely keep more than one center on the roster at a time. But, he's made the team before and the coaches seem to like him, so he might have a bigger chance than many expect.

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