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Bengals roster breakdown, 90-in-90: Bryson Albright

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Can Bryson Albright steal a roster spot among a crowded linebacker group in Cincinnati?

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Not long after the 2016 season ended, the Cincinnati Bengals signed linebacker Bryson Albright to a futures/reserve contract. Albright has been a journeyman to this point in his NFL career, and he’s hoping to find a home with a Bengals team that could use more of something he has to offer as a pass-rusher.

Will it be enough to earn him a spot on the 53-man roster?

Bryson Albright

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 225 pounds

College: Miami (Ohio)

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Experience: 1

Cap Status

If Albright makes the Bengals’ 53-man roster, he will make $465,000 in 2017, according to Over The Cap. There will be no dead cap if he’s waived.

Background

A 2016 undrafted free agent from Miami (Ohio) University, Albright earned his way onto the Buffalo Bills’ initial 53-man roster with impressive performances in the preseason. However, Albright didn’t dress in the team’s season opener against the Baltimore Ravens before eventually being waived and signed to the practice squad.

In the preseason with the Bills, Albright had five tackles, three quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. He played in all four preseason games in 2016. He will be classified as a first year player in 2017.

Of note, Albright attended Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School.

In his four-year college career, Albright played in 48 games and made 35 starts for the RedHawks. As a junior in 2014, he started all 12 games and racked up 55 tackles, six sacks and eight tackles for loss. In 2015, Albright appeared in all 12 games (11 starts) and recorded 51 tackles, seven sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and one interception. He finished his college career with 190 tackles, 19 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss.

Odds Of Making 53-Man Roster

Albright was actually a defensive lineman in college before moving to more of an outside linebacker and pass-rushing role with the Bills. That’s probably what his role will be with the Bengals, which is good news for a team that needs more pass-rushing threats, even though he’s still listed as a linebacker.

The Bengals have had very little success with hybrid defensive ends/outside linebackers, and they’re already going to have a similar project there in Carl Lawson, so it’s hard to see another tweener making the 53-man roster.

There’s just too many bodies at linebacker for Albright to earn a spot on the final roster, but he could sneak onto the practice squad.

Roster Odds: 10 percent