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Bengals add Brady Sheldon to practice squad

Sheldon was an athletic freak coming into the NFL.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are in dire need of linebacker help, so they’ve added one to the practice squad.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, free agent Brady Sheldon is being signed to the Bengals’ practice squad.

The 6-5, 220-pound Ferris State alum signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He went on to make the team’s practice squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in December.

After being waived over the summer of 2018, Sheldon was claimed by the Cleveland Browns and eventually made their practice squad before being cut from it in the middle of the 2018 season. He finished the season on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, then spent all of this previous offseason with them before making the practice squad. He was cut from it on October 1st and has been looking for work since then.

For his career, Sheldon has appeared in two games with no recorded statistics.

Coming out of college, Sheldon was an athletic freak with crazy testing numbers. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at his pro day, which would have been the best of any true linebacker at the Scouting Combine in 2017.

Sheldon’s vertical of 37 inches would have been tied for second at the combine among linebackers, and his 10.5-inch broad jump and 4.24 short shuttle would have both been top-five finishes.

For whatever reason, Sheldon’s not been able to translate that athleticism into actual NFL production, but he’ll get another chance to do so in Cincinnati.