The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the initial 53-man roster with the NFL regular season just days away.
It’s been a long and grueling process, but the team has finally gotten its roster down from having 90 men at one point this offseason to now just 53 players.
The Bengals will now begin trying to construct an 11 man practice squad with players who were cut by the team, as well as potentially some players who were cut by other teams. The practice squad can be formed no sooner than by 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 2. The waiver wire runs from 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday through 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Bengals may also look to the waiver wire for potential additions to the 53-man roster.
There are some players on this list who will not be around come Monday. That could include Cody Core and Davontae Harris who may go on IR with the potential to be brought back. Michael Johnson is the biggest surprise cut, though he’s far from the only surprise. Matt Barkley has been placed on season-ending Injured/Reserve.
Without further ado, here is the Bengals’ 2018 53-man roster...
Running back/halfback (4):
Wide receiver (7):
Tight end (4):
Offensive tackle (4):
Offensive guard (4):
Hardy Nickerson Jr.
*Suspended: Vontaze Burfict
William Jackson III
Defensive end (4):
Defensive tackle (4):
Long snapper (1):
*Suspended players do not count toward the 53-man roster. Burfict will be eligible to join the 53-man roster on Monday, Oct. 1. A corresponding roster move will be required for Cincinnati to have Burfict join the roster.
LB Brandon Bell (first-year player, Penn State)
S Tyrice Beverette (rookie, Stony Brook)
TE Moritz Böhringer (first-year player, Aalen [Germany])
WR Devonte Boyd (rookie, Nevada-Las Vegas)
DT Andrew Brown (rookie, Virginia)
K Jonathan Brown (first-year player, Louisville)
HB Quinton Flowers (rookie, South Florida)
H-B Jordan Franks (rookie, Central Florida)
CB C.J. Goodwin (third-player, California [Pa.])
HB Brian Hill (second-year player, Wyoming)
LB Junior Joseph (rookie, Connecticut)
C Brad Lundblade (rookie, Oklahoma State)
WR Jared Murphy (rookie, Miami [Ohio])
OT Justin Murray (first-year player, Cincinnati)
DT Chris Okoye (rookie, Ferris State; injured, may revert to Reserve/Injured)
OT Kent Perkins (first-year player, Texas)
DT Simeyon Robinson (rookie, James Madison)
WR Kayaune Ross (rookie, Kentucky)
CB KeiVarae Russell (third-year player, Notre Dame)
S Josh Shaw (fourth-year player, Southern California; injured, may revert to Reserve/Injured)
WR Ka’Raun White (rookie, West Virginia)
WR Kermit Whitfield (first-year player, Florida State)
DT Eddy Wilson (rookie, Purdue)
QB Logan Woodside (rookie, Toledo)
LB Chris Worley (rookie, Ohio State)
H-B Ryan Hewitt (fifth-year player, Stanford)
DE Michael Johnson (10th-year player, Georgia Tech)
C T.J. Johnson (fifth-year player, South Carolina)
TE Cethan Carter
OL Rod Taylor
QB Matt Barkley
S Trayvon Henderson