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Bengals sign DT Simeyon Robinson

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The Bengals bolster their defensive tackle depth with an FCS star.

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The Bengals have signed defensive tackle Simeyon Robinson, the team announced Monday.

Robinson, a college free agent out of James Madison University, is an undersized lineman at 6-1, 274 pounds. Don’t let that fool you, as he was one of the most productive players at the FCS level during his college career.

He played four seasons (2014-17) at JMU and totaled 128 career tackles, including 32 for losses and 13.5 sacks. He had participated as a tryout player in the Bengals’ rookie minicamp in May, but he was never signed.

This will be Robinson’s first stint on an NFL team.

This move comes with the Bengals dealing with injuries to several defensive tackles. Andrew Brown is sidelined right now with a hamstring injury suffered on August 1, and he hasn’t practiced since.

Josh Tupou sprained his MCL early in training camp and is expected to miss a month of action. He looks highly unlikely to play in the preseason.

The Bengals recently signed Eddy Wilson to give the team more depth at defensive tackle. Where Wilson and Robinson have both joined the team weeks after training camp began (and has since ended), neither has a good shot at the 53-man roster, so they could be competing for a spot on the practice squad.