A week after losing James Wilder Jr. and Terrell Watson, the Bengals practice squad has lost another member. The victim: cornerback Asa Jackson, who signed a future contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
Jackson was signed to Cincinnati's practice squad after the team's win over the St. Louis Rams and remained a Bengal until January. His most recent in-game experience came in Baltimore, where he played in 18 games (6 starts, all in 2014).
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A fifth-round pick out of Cal Poly in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson surprisingly still has practice squad eligibility after four years in the NFL. Jackson's career NFL stats include 22 career tackles, three pass deflections and zero interceptions.
The loss of yet another practice squad player seems frustrating, but it isn't a huge loss. Jackson wasn't ever active as a member of the Bengals, even when the secondary was decimated by injuries. It's worth noting, the Bengals easily could have signed Jackson to their 90-man offseason roster when the season ended, but chose not to.
And if the Bengals lose Adam Jones or Leon Hall in free agency, they'll likely replace one of the veterans with a rookie of their choosing in the 2016 NFL Draft or an experienced veteran in free agency rather than a journeyman reserve player like Jackson.