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Bengals release WR Cody Core

The Bengals are narrowing their receiving corps.

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The wide receiver position is going to be the most difficult for the Bengals to sort out this season, but they’ve already made a major decision.

The Bengals are parting ways with fourth-year wideout Cody Core, per Tom Pelissero.

Core was a sixth-round pick in 2016 and has had a difficult time getting on the field. He had 30 receptions for 360 yards and one touchdown in three full season with the Bengals.

It looked like Core had made strides this offseason based on how he’s looked in the preseason. He started three of the four games as John Ross was still hurt and finished with 13 receptions for 160 yards, but it wasn’t enough to keep him around.

The biggest question now is how the team replaces him on special teams. Core logged 462 special teams snaps in his three years and has been heavily involved in every unit.

This move now paves the way for Josh Malone, Stanley Morgan, or Ventell Bryant to make the final roster.