As expected, defensive end Ryan Brown did not end up making the Bengals’ final roster. According to Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer, Brown will be one of the guys waived in order to trim the roster down to 53 players.
As Owczarski pointed out, Brown took a lot of snaps with the second team and looked impressive in limited action. The Bengals seem to like him, and it’s likely he earns a spot on the practice squad, if he isn’t picked up by another team.
Brown racked up 73 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and six sacks in 14 starts over his final two college seasons at Mississippi State, despite battling a foot injury. He was regarded as a defensive leader throughout his time down south, but despite putting up some nice numbers while battling through injury, the defensive end went undrafted, ultimately making his way to Cincinnati.
Brown excelled in Cincinnati; while he wasn’t able to bring down an opposing quarterback in any of the Bengals’ preseason games, the defensive end was impressive nonetheless, showing nice hand placement and solid penetration on the edge. The 6-foot-6 defensive end appeared a longshot to make the team when he was first signed, but at the end of the preseason, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him end up on an active roster within the next year.