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The "Other" Guys



Everyone has an idea of most of the guys who are favored to be on the roster for 2014. However, we currently have at last check 76 guys signed (or reading for UFA/RFA) with a final roster size of 53. There will be a coming UFA process as well as the draft. There will be an 8 man Practice Squad and some injured players who are stashed on the IR/PUP lists. With all that in mind, there is a short list of players about whom we know very little. I thought we'd throw together this thread to discuss these guys and figure out whether any of them add up to anything with respect to any of the rosters for 2014.

This is the thread where you can bring out all your fantasies, prior recollections, insider's knowledge from your Uncle Rico etc.

Offense

QB

* Zac Robinson: seems like he's been in Cincy forever; missed the entire 2013 season with an arm injury; was on our PS for the entire 2011-12 seasons; originally drafted by NE in 2010 (7th Rd; OK State) and released before season started; spent time on Seattle's PS that season as well as short stays on the active roster of Sea and Det in 2010; has not shown much in Cincy in his limited pre-season appearances

* Greg McElroy: picked up onto PS last season after released by NYJ; originally drafted by Jets in 2011 (7th Rd; Alabama), he spent that season on IR but played reasonably well in limited action in 2012 before being released in 2013

WR

* Cobi Hamilton: Bengals 6th Rd pick in 2013 (Arkansas), he was buried on roster behind the 7 guys we kept and ended up spending entire season on PS; I thought he flashed at times however in 2013 pre-season

TE

* Kevin Brock: originally signed by Carolina in 2009 as a CFA (Rutgers), he was waived by the Panthers and Jets that year before the season started and spent the season on the Steelers' and Bears' PS; he was waived in the spring of 2010 by the Bears, picked up by the Cowboys, and then waived by them in August 2010; he spent time on the Oak PS in 2010, a 2-game stint on the Bills active roster in 2011, and a 4-game stint on the KC active roster in 2013 before landing on the game day Inactive list for Cincy in the SD playoff game following Alex Smith's injury in the season finale; in summary, Brock has been on 9 teams over 5 seasons and has played in 6 regular games

OL

* TJ Johnson (Center): drafted in 2013 by Bengals (7th Rd; S Carolina), he spent last season on PS

* Scott Wedige (Center): originally signed by AZ in 2012 as a CFA (No. Illinois), he was waived at final cutdown and then signed to the NYG PS for a week and then later by the Bengals before being signed off the Cincy PS onto the AZ active roster where he played two regular season games; the Cards then released him in August 2013 after which he was quickly signed and released by the Jets that same month; the Bengals picked him back up for their PS in November 2013

Defense

DT

* Christo Bilukidi: originally drafted by Oak in 2012 (6th Rd; Georgia St), he played in 13 games in 2012 and 5 more in 2013 before being waived in October and picked up by Bengals in November onto 53-man roster where he was active for 2 games

* Ogemdi Nwagbuo: originally signed with NYG in 2008 as CFA (Mich St), he was released by Giants at cutdown date and eventually signed later in 2008 to SD PS; he made Chargers roster in 2009 and remained on their 53-man squad until being waived in 2011 after which he was signed and finished season with Carolina; he was then waived in 2012 by Panthers on cutdown date and signed for last the last two games of the season by Det; he was waived at final cuts in 2013 by the Lions and then picked up at the end of the season on a futures contract by the Bengals

* Larry Black: originally signed by Bengals in 2013 as CFA (Indiana), he spent that season on IR after fracturing/dislocating his ankle in summer practice

* Zach Minter: originally signed with Chicago in 2013 as CFA (Montana St), he was on the Bears 53-man roster and was active for two weeks before being waived after week 9; he was picked up by Bengals on futures deal at the end of the 2013 season

DE

* David King: originally drafted by Philly in 2013 (7th Rd; Oklahoma), he was waived by Eagles on cutdown day and signed to Bengals PS after week 6

LB

* Brandon Joiner: originally signed by Bengals in 2012 as CFA (Ark St), he spent that season in jail for a crime he committed as a 19 year-old Freshman in college; during summer practice in 2013 he sustained an ACL injury and spent the season on IR

* Bruce Taylor: originally signed by Bengals in 2013 as CFA (Va Tech), he was released on cutdown day, signed for a short period to the AZ PS before being released, and then was signed back to Bengals PS in October

CB

* Onterio McCalebb: originally signed by Bengals in 2013 as CFA (Auburn), he was converted from RB to CB and spent season on PS after being released on cutdown day

* Brandon Burton: originally drafted by MN in 2011 (5th Rd; Utah), he spent two years on the Viking 53-man roster before being released on cutdown day in 2013; he was picked up immediately by Buffalo and spent 5 games on their roster before being released and eventually signed to a Bengals futures contract following the 2013 season

Special Teams

* Zoltan Mesko (P): originally drafted by NE in 2010 (5th Rd; Michigan), he was waived on cutdown day in 2013 after spending three seasons with the Pats; he was immediately signed by Pittsburgh and punted their first 7 games before being released; he was then signed by the Bengals to punt in their Wild Card playoff game

* Quinn Sharp (K): originally signed by Bengals in 2013 as CFA (OK St), he was waived on cutdown day and then signed back to futures contract at the end of the 2013 season

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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