The Bengals have now trimmed their roster down to 75 players after the team announced a pair of cuts today. The team has waived quarterback Matt Scott, linebacker James Davidson, cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks and linebacker JK Schaffer. The team waived tight end Kevin Brock and receiver Jasper Collins earlier today.
Schaffer has been out with a concussion and Westbrooks with a thumb injury. If Schaffer and Westbrooks clear waivers tomorrow, they will revert to the Bengals’ Injured Reserve list.
The big surprise here is Westbrooks, as it didn't seem like his injury was serious enough to land him on IR. Drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Westbrooks had played decently at corner during OTAs and training camp, and though he was shaky at times in his preseason games, he still looked like a guy that would definitely make it past the first wave of cuts.
Westbrooks started at cornerback in 2012 for Georgia Southern and tied for the team in lead in pass breakups after posting 75 tackles, 14 pass deflections and four interceptions. He started 41 games over four years at Georgia Southern and was named a second-team All-Southern Conference selection in 2013.
Scott is a small surprise. He spent his rookie 2013 season on the Jacksonville practice squad. He signed with the Jaguars last May as a college free agent, and in the preseason with them, he completed 18/40 passes for 170 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
This, after a productive college career that saw Scott start 17 of 34 games including his final 12. He will forever be remembered by his "Puke, Puke and Pass" play.
I would not be surprised to see Scott brought back on next week to the practice squad. As for Davidson, he might be someone to watch for after this year that could be signed to the 90-man offseason roster.