The Bengals are getting healthier with most of the 90-man roster able to practice ahead of Day 4.
On Sunday, the team announced that safety Tyrice Beverette, wide receiver Devonte Boyd and cornerback Davontae Harris had all passed their physicals are now eligible to practice.
Beverette, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety out of Stony Brook, had been placed on the Active/Non-Football Illness list on Thursday. He was a three-year starter at Stony Brook where he earned Third Team All-CAA honors and recorded 96 tackles (10.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2017.
Beverette actually tried out for the New York Jets after going undrafted this year, but the Bengal wound up signing him in the middle of May. He actually showed some flashes in OTAs, though he’s still facing an uphill climb to make the 53-man roster with so many safeties already here.
Boyd, a 6-1, 185-pound safety out of UNLV, opened camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. He too signed with the Bengals this year after going undrafted, despite showing some nice potential at times in college.
As a freshman in 2014, Boyd was a Freshman All-American after catching 65 receptions for 980 yards and four scores in 13 games (11 starts). As a sophomore in 2015, Boyd started 12 contests and grabbed 54 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2016, Boyd suffered a broken left arm but still managed 45 grabs for 746 yards and four touchdowns in 10 starts. Then in 2017, Boyd made just 34 catches for 612 yards and three scores in 12 starts. He too is facing a serious uphill climb just to make the practice squad, as wide receiver is one of the deepest positions on this roster.
Harris, 5-11, 205-pound cornerback, also opened camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 draft out of Illinois State. Over the last three seasons, Harris totaled 37 pass defenses, showing he has a knack for the ball in coverage.
The three-year starter also tested well at the combine with a 4.43 second 40 yard dash, 22 reps on the bench press, and a 4.4 20 yard shuttle. Like the two guys mentioned above, Harris is facing a crowded situation at the position he’s at with Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick, William Jackson and Josh Shaw likely making the final roster. That leas Harris to battle Darius Phillips, KeiVarae Russell Tony McRae and Sojourn Shelton.