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Bengals sign CB KeiVarae Russell, get WR Auden Tate to practice squad

The Bengals manage to get Auden Tate to the practice squad.

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The Bengals announced Friday that Auden Tate has been signed to the practice squad.

Tate, a rookie, was waived by the team yesterday and cleared waivers earlier today. The third of three Bengals seventh-round draft picks this year, Tate was inactive for the first six games, but a strong preseason and training camp has the Bengals thinking he can become a contributor down the line.

Now, they’ll get a chance to keep developing him on the practice squad, and hopefully, he’ll be back on the 53-man roster later this season.

Here is an updated look at the Bengals’ practice squad:

Bengals practice squad

Player # Pos HT WT Age Exp College
Player # Pos HT WT Age Exp College
Andrew Brown 93 DT 6-3 296 22 R Virginia
Moritz Böhringer 49 TE 6-5 243 25 1 Unknown
Demetrious Cox TBD DB 6-0 200 24 1 Michigan State
Quinton Flowers 34 HB 5-10 211 23 R South Florida
Jordan Franks 88 H-B 6-4 240 22 R Central Florida
Christian Hackenberg 5 QB 6-4 228 23 3 Penn State
Brad Lundblade 61 C 6-3 300 23 R Oklahoma State
Kent Perkins 76 OT 6-5 305 23 1 Texas
Auden Tate 19 WR 6-5 228 21 R Florida State
Kermit Whitfield 17 WR 5-8 192 25 1 Florida State
Chris Worley 47 LB 6-1 238 23 R Ohio State

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed cornerback KeiVarae Russell off of the practice squad, and in a corresponding move, waived wide receiver Auden Tate.

It’s quite surprising to see Tate, a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, be waived after just six weeks of the season. He had a great showing in training camp and the preseason, enough to think his spot was secure for 2018. Alas, he couldn’t find a way to contribute on special teams, which is why he was inactive in Weeks 1-6, so the Bengals opted to waive him in hopes of getting him to the practice squad.

As for Russell, he spent the previous two seasons on the 53-man roster before being waived during final cut this year. Originally a third-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, Russell has played in 13 games for the Bengals over the past two seasons, recording eight tackles on defense with one interception.

He surprisingly failed to make the 53-man roster this year, so his promotion to the roster comes as no surprise with the secondary banged up. Darqueze Dennard is not expected to play on Sunday as he deals with a shoulder injury. Shawn Williams is iffy to play while recovering from a concussion, so the secondary is banged up heading to Kansas City to face potentially the NFL’s best offense.

Russell will likely see the field on Sunday. If Tate clears waivers, expect him to be moved to the practice squad.