ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting that the Bengals have claimed former Purdue defensive lineman Eddy Wilson off waivers.
Source: the Bengals have claimed DE Eddy Wilson off of waivers from the Seahawks.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 4, 2018
Right after this report, the team announced they had claimed Wilson and placed offensive lineman Rod Taylor on injured reserve with a torn ACL, which happened during the first week of training camp.
The addition of Wilson is almost certainly meant to be a replacement for Josh Tupou, who suffered a sprained MCL that could keep him out for a month.
Wilson, who weights in at 6-3 and 301 pounds, was signed by the Seahawks after going undrafted and was waived by the team on August 3rd. He finished his three-year career with Purdue with 73 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and three pass deflections.
Going into the NFL Draft, Wilson earned a 5.15 grade for NFL.com, which is in he ‘better than average change to make an NFL roster’ tier.
Speaking of, here’s what an NFL scout told NFL.com about Wilson’s work ethic in college, or lack thereof.
“The kid just hates school. He didn’t want to go to class and didn’t want to have anything to do with that side of it. Neither side thought it was a good idea for him to stay, let’s put it that way. He’s a ball player, he’s not a student-athlete. Really strong. He’s a make-it player.”
With Wilson now in the mix, he’ll have to challenge the likes of Andrew Brown, Chris Okoye, Chris Baker, Ryan Glasgow and Andrew Billings for a roster spot, assuming Geno Atkins is the only sure-fire lock to make the 53-man roster.
But in reality, Glasgow, Baker and Billings are all highly likely to make it as well, and Brown is a shoe-in since he’s a fifth-round rookie. It also makes it harder to make the roster here when Michael Johnson is getting so many snaps as the nickel defensive tackle next to Atkins.
That means Wilson is likely competing for a spot on the practice squad, though he could be 1-2 more injuries away from making it on the Week 1 roster.