The two deepest positions groups on the Bengals’ roster entering training camp were wide receiver and defensive line. Now, each group is losing a member a week before the preseason begins.
Upon the official announcement from the team in regards to wide receiver Brandon LaFell’s release, the team also announced that are waiving rookie defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones as well.
An undrafted free agent from this year’s draft class, Rolland-Jones had a very productive college career, accumulating 63 tackles for loss and 42 sacks in his four years at Arkansas State. His production in 2016 and 2017 earned him Sun Belt Player of the Year honors for those two seasons as well.
In the first practices of camp, Rolland-Jones was working mainly with the third-team defensive line at left defensive end. He flashed a few times in run defense there as well.
Rolland-Jones has also missed some practice time with an undisclosed injury, so that may have played a role in the Bengals waiving him, especially if they plan to sign someone else in his place.
Ultimately, the best-case scenario for Rolland-Jones was making it through the preseason and showing enough to be considered for the practice squad. That door is still open for as long as he clears waivers and remains available as a free agent. But since he was let go of so early, it’s questionable if a return to the Bengals in the near future is in the cards.
We’ll update you with any developments on this story.