The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the team’s initial practice squad.
After constructing the 53-man roster on Saturday, there were quite a few surprises and 24 players who were waived on Saturday were eligible to make the practice squad today.
The practice squad can still change at any time (and will) but this is the initial list of players who made the cut.
The Bengals also got a roster exemption this year to participate in the International Player Pathway Program. All four AFC North teams and all four NFC South teams are participating in the program this year. The NFC South participated in 2017, too. As part of the program, these teams will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads in 2018, and the Bengals’ player is German tight end Moritz Böhringer. He does not count toward the 10-man practice squad limit, so the Bengals can have 11 players on the practice squad, including Böhringer this year.
As of now, only 10 players are on the practice squad, with room for one more to be signed.
Bengals’ 2018 practice squad
- TE Moritz Böhringer (first-year player, Aalen [Germany])
- DT Andrew Brown (rookie, Virginia)
- HB Quinton Flowers (rookie, South Florida)
- H-B Jordan Franks (rookie, Central Florida)
- CB C.J. Goodwin (third-year player, California [Pa.])
- C Brad Lundblade (rookie, Oklahoma State)
- OT Kent Perkins (first-year player, Texas)
- CB KeiVarae Russell (third-year player, Notre Dame)
- WR Kermit Whitfield (first-year player, Florida State)
- LB Chris Worley (rookie, Ohio State)
- QB Christian Hackenberg (third-year player, Penn State)
Interestingly not making the practice squad are running back Brian Hill — who did clear waivers — and rookie quarterback Logan Woodside. It seems the Bengals could look to sign a different quarterback to the practice squad to take that final spot.
We’ll keep you updated as the Bengals make more roster moves, which could include one more player being added here.
UPDATE: Christian Hackenberg is joining the Bengals’ practice squad as its final member. The quarterback has been a draft bust to this point, but will attempt to develop further in Cincinnati.