As was reported Tuesday night via his agent, the Bengals have signed defensive tackle Devon Still to the 53-man roster after he opened the year on the practice squad.
"We have an open roster spot, and this is the best football move we can make to fill it," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "We think Devon is ready to rejoin our line rotation and be productive. It already was stated that a big reason Devon opened on the practice squad was that he couldn't fully focus on football this preseason. He had to take care of his daughter (Leah, four, diagnosed with cancer). But Devon has told us he feels ready to contribute now, so it’s the right move at the right time. And we've told Devon he can still be afforded the personal time he needs to attend to his daughter’s care."
Cincinnati also signed Onterio McCalebb and tight end Ryan Otten to fill the two vacancies on the practice squad. Otten (6-6, 241; San Jose State) played in the first three preseason games with the San Diego Chargers, posting one reception for 15 yards. He was waived on Aug. 26 after spending most of the 2013 season on the Chargers practice squad.
A former first-team All-WAC performer, Otten caught 52 passes for 739 yards (and five touchdowns), and joined Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert as the only two tight ends who ranked in the top 100 nationally in both receptions and receiving yards per game in 2011. In 2012, Otten caught 47 passes for 742 yards and four touchdowns. Once the 2013 NFL Draft came, Otten went undrafted before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, only to be waived during final cuts.