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Bengals waive Rod Taylor to make room for John Jerry

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Taylor suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the previously-reported signing of offensive lineman John Jerry. In order to make room, the team has waived offensive lineman Rod Taylor.

Taylor bounced around the offensive line in his college career with the Ole Miss Rebels. He started every game at right tackle during the 2017 season after being Ole Miss’ left tackle in 2016. He started at right guard in his first two seasons, and he was expected to be a guard in the NFL.

Taylor was the second of three seventh-round draft picks from the Bengals’ 2018 draft class. His odds at making the roster were slim entering training camp before he suffered a season-ending torn ACL, which is always a hard injury to come back from, especially for linemen.

And with the additions of Jonah Williams, John Miller, Michael Jordan and now John Jerry, Taylor’s odds of making the final roster were between slim and none. He would have seemingly been a candidate for the practice squad, but it’s hard to see that being an option if the team is already giving up on him.