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Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster breakdown since 2006

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A breakdown, per position, on the number of players that Cincinnati has kept following final cuts, heading into the regular season opener that year.

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So here's a breakdown, per position, on the number of players that Cincinnati has kept following final cuts, heading into the regular season opener that year. We didn't include players on roster exemptions (like Bobbie Williams' suspension in 2011 or Andre Smith in 2010, or players on PUP at the start of the season) because, well, they weren't on the active 53. But it's enough of a sidenote to mention. Additionally, we placed asterisks for obvious transitions with players defined at one position but are arguably suited for other spots. For example, Orson Charles was defined as a tight end last year before his eventual title-change as the H-Back. And finally, this breakdown is prior to any waiver wire transactions made on the following day(s).

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Offense 26 26 25 25 26 25 25 24
Quarterback 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
Running Back 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3
Full Back 0* 1 1 0 1 2 1 1
Wide Receiver 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6
Tight End 4* 3 3 3 3 2 3 2
Offensive Line 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Defense 24 24 25 25 24 25 25 26
Defensive End 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 4
Defensive Tackle 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4
Linebacker 5 6 7 7 6 6 6 8
Cornerback 5 6 4 6 5 4 5 5
Safety 5 4 6 3 5 6 6 5
Special Teams 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Place Kicker 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Punter 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Long Snapper 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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