PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sacked by Pat Sims #90 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on December 12 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
With the news that wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been released from the team, it reminds us that there are 31 players to go before the team falls within the 53-man roster limit. There are going to be obvious cuts along the way. Here are a couple of our bigger-name players
PAT SIMS: Signed a one-year deal over the offseason, but hasn't been activated from the Active Physically Unable to Perform list yet. The Bengals drafted two defensive tackles within the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, joining them with Domata Peko and Geno Atkins, clearly anticipating changes on the defensive line as well as rebuilding a position that very well could become the team's strength on defense.
ROBERT GEATHERS: There are already six defensive ends on a roster that includes DeQuin Evans and Micah Johnson -- and Dontay Moch if we remember correctly, so that's seven. Factor that Carlos Dunlap will possibly miss the first regular season game with a knee sprain, the reality that Geathers will be released seems improbable at this point. However he, along with everyone else in a Bengals uniform it seems, suffered a knee injury earlier during training camp and hasn't been seen since.
ADAM JONES: Missed the game against Atlanta Falcons and has dealt with his share of injuries during training camp. If the Cincinnati Bengals keep six cornerbacks, shorting the safety position due to talent-scale clearly tipping in the cornerbacks favor, Jones may be safe. But if that number is reduced to five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster, that likely leaves Dre Kirkpatrick, Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Terence Newman and Jason Allen at cornerback.
JASON ALLEN: Read above, but swap the names Jones and Allen.
COLIN COCHART: Not really a big-name but we haven't had an excuse to bring his name up in a while. Originally we had listed Donald Lee as the bubble player at tight end, but after last night it's clear he has something to offer in the passing game. Cochart doesn't and he had several questionable blocks that really weren't blocks at all.