Lengel (6-7, 266), a third-year player out of Eastern Kentucky University, entered the NFL as a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2015. He spent the 2015 season and half of the 2016 season on Cincinnti’s practice squad. He also has spent time in the 2016 and ’17 seasons on the active rosters of the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns. He has played in six NFL games, with career regular-season totals of two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Lengel spent this offseason with the Texans before being waived during final cuts. He later signed to the practice squad, where he has been since then.
The Bengals make this move after losing tight end Tyler Eifert for the season, while Tyler Kroft is dealing with a foot injury. Kroft’s injury is likely worse than expected as he re-entered Sunday’s game while dealing with the injury but was seen in a walking boot and moving around using a scooter in the locker room on Wednesday.