The Cincinnati Bengals' string of waiving players as training camp nears has continued with another surprise departure.
The latest is undrafted free agent running back Dy'Shawn Mobley, who the team announced was being waived Tuesday during Marvin Lewis' meeting with the media. According to WKYT's Steve Moss, Lewis would not specify why Mobley was being released, but did offer praise for fellow EKU alum and current Bengals tight end Matt Lengel.
A 6'0", 225-pounds out of Powell, Tennessee, Mobley began his college career when he joined the Kentucky Wildcats in 2012. After two seasons of failing to crack the primary rotation, Mobley transferred to Eastern Kentucky, where he had a very productive back in the FCS ranks.
In 2014, Mobley totaled 1,491 rushing yards to go with 33 receptions for 309 receiving yards and 21 total touchdowns. He was an explosive dual-threat back who looked like someone worthy of a late-round selection in an NFL draft.
However, Mobley's senior year was a disappointment plagued by injuries. He would finish with only 347 rushing yards and went undrafted in the 2016 draft. The Bengals looked like a good opportunity for Mobley to fight for a spot on the practice squad and then challenge for a spot on the 53-man roster in 2017 when Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead hit free agency.
As it stands, Peerman and Burkhead are joined by Tra Carson, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and Bronson Hill as the six running backs currently on the 90-man offseason roster. It's pretty interesting that the Bengals are making so many roster moves as camp is nearing, and it now leaves the roster at just 87 players, assuming wide receiver Rashaun Simonise passes his physical and his signing becomes official.
It is uncertain if the Bengals have plans to sign any other players before training camp begins on Friday.