The Cincinnati Bengals brought in another round of free agent to workout for the team this week.
Cornerback Deveron Carr and wide receiver DeAndre Carter worked out for the team on Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Last week, the team worked out six players, which resulted in cornerback Asa Jackson being signed to the practice squad.
Carr, now in his second official NFL season, was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2013. A 5'11", 190-pound corner, Carr played collegiately with the Sun Devils from 2008-2012 and played in 42 career games with 34 starts. He finished his career with 86 tackles, 22 passes defended, three fumble recoveries, 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
During Carr's senior season, he started every game and was part of a secondary unit that ranked third nationally in passing yards allowed per game (168); he earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. After not hearing his name called during the 2013 draft, he signed with the Bucs and went on to make their 53-man roster in 2013. He played in nine games that year, but mostly on special teams. He participated in training camp with Tampa Bay in 2014 but was then released.
This past March, Carr was signed by the Indianapolis Colts following the first NFL Veteran Combine. He was later cut during the first-round of training camp cuts and eventually joined Washington's practice squad, but was cut from it on November 23rd.
As for Carter, he's a bit more intriguing of a prospect. Going into the 2015 NFL Draft, Carter was projected as a late-round prospect after a standout career at Sacramento State, but went undrafted before the Baltimore Ravens signed him. As a college senior in 2014, Carter was a first-team FCS All-American while leading the nation with 99 receptions for 1,321 yards and 17 touchdowns. Carter was a decent returner too, averaging 12.5 yards per punt return and 23.7 yards per kickoff return in his college career.
Carter was also one of the biggest performers during Ravens' OTAs, which led future hall-of-fame receiver Steve Smith to say he saw "a young Randall Cobb" in Carter. A poor training camp showing led to Carter being waived during the first round of roster cuts. Carter was later signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad on September 16th before being cut from it on December 1st.
Carr falls in line with the position many of the recent players to workout for the Bengals would contribute to. Cornerback is a huge question mark with the Bengals right now as nearly every corner on the roster is dealing with some kind of injury. Adam Jones (foot), Dre Kirkpatrick (knee), Leon Hall (back), and Josh Shaw (back) have been limited, left games, missed games, or missed practice recently.
Not only is Jones the Bengals' top corner, but also their best returner. Losing him would help a returner like Carter make the team or even practice squad as an emergency option.
Depending on Hall and Jones' statuses this week, another corner may be signed from free agency or the practice squad. If it's a practice squad move, it's possible Carr or Carter could take a spot on the practice squad, both have eligibility remaining.