Quarterbacks Waived On Saturday With Practice Squad Eligibility

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals will look at waivers for a quarterback to place on the practice squad. Whether they find someone that they like is another matter completely.

It's believed that the Cincinnati Bengals will look at waivers for a young quarterback that they can place on the team's practice squad. The reasoning isn't so much to groom a practice squad player for long-term development, as it is short-term solutions for a contingency if an injury leaves Cincinnati's quarterback depth problematic.

Adapting the quarterback to Jay Gruden's system via the practice squad, shaves the time necessary for that quarterback to learn. Perhaps he develops into something -- predicting the future is outside the scope of our abilities. Realistically, if Andy Dalton were to suffer an injury, the Bengals would start Josh Johnson, sign a free agent veteran to backup Johnson (depending on Dalton's injury), and have the practice squad player in their back-pocket if that player shows enough promise that he could perform. Perhaps that practice squad player will be needed for a week as the new backup transitions. You have to prepare for every scenario and having a quarterback on the practice squad is included.

Zac Robinson was that guy for the past two years, but an elbow and ineligibility leaves him out -- unless the three-week period after PUP and before the deadline to make a move, something happens to place him on the 53-man roster. Before that, the team kept a third quarterback on the 53-man roster, from Dan LeFevour, Jordan Palmer, and even Jeff Rowe.

We take a look at the players that were waived on Saturday with practice squad eligibility. Practice squad rules can be somewhat confusing because a player like Rusty Smith is entering his fourth year with eligibility remaining, whereas Mike Kafka (entering his third season) and Greg McElroy have none. In any case, the teams that waived those quarterbacks will likely make a push to bring them back on their practice squad. Note: This is not the only players available for the practices squad; only those waived on Saturday. There are plenty of free agent rookies out there that haven't caught on with a team yet.

Name Team Waived College Year
Thaddeus Lewis Buffalo Bills Duke Second
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
24 13 54.2 192 1 0 94.4

Name Team Waived College Year
Alex Tanney Dallas Cowboys Monmouth Second
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
73 40 54.8 423 1 2 65.0

Name Team Waived College Year
Chandler Harnish Indianapolis Colts Northern Illinois First
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
51 24 47.1 176 1 2 45.9

Name Team Waived College Year
Matt Scott Jacksonville Jaguars Arizona Rookie
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
40 18 45.0 170 0 1 46.9

Name Team Waived College Year
Aaron Corp (Injured) Miami Dolphins Richmond Rookie
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
4 2 50.0 23 0 0 67.7

Name Team Waived College Year
Ryan Griffin New Orleans Saints Tulane Rookie
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
59 32 54.2 380 2 1 78.4

Name Team Waived College Year
Austin Davis St. Louis Rams Southern Miss. Second
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
54 28 51.9 300 3 0 87.0

Name Team Waived College Year
Rusty Smith Tennessee Titans Florida Atlantic Fourth
ATT COMP PCT YDS TD INT RATING
39 24 61.5 278 2 1 89.5
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