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Bengals sign undrafted OL Cory Helms and WR Kayaune Ross

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The Bengals get more depth at wide receiver and the interior offensive line.

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In addition to signing C.J. Goodwin, the Bengals have also signed offensive lineman Cory Helms and wide receiver Kayaune Ross.

Helms, who measures in at 6-4, 309 pounds, is a rookie who signed as a college free agent out of the University of South Carolina with the New Orleans Saints in May. The Saints waived him on June 14. He played two seasons (2016-17) at South Carolina after beginning his college career at Wake Forest (’13-14). He was a starter in all four of his college seasons, seeing time at both guard (29 starts) and center (17 starts).

The Bengals have a heated competition at right guard, but they’re also down a man after Rod Taylor was lost to a torn ACL. Helms is probably his replacement, though he’ll likely get some run at center as well, where Billy Price is the starter and T.J. Johnson is the backup. Ironically, Johnson also played at South Carolina and can play both center and guard.

Ross, weighing in at 6-6, 225 pounds, is a rookie from the University of Kentucky. He originally signed as a college free with the Indianapolis Colts in May. The Colts waived him in June. He then signed with the Seattle Seahawks, who waived him on July 29.

Ross is a native of West Chester (Lakota West High School) and spent two seasons (2016-17) at UK, where he totaled 21 catches for 296 yards and a score.