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Bengals DL Andrew Brown makes final roster

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The former fifth-round pick has more than earned a role this season.

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The Bengals defensive line will be deep this season, and Andrew Brown will be a part of it.

Brown has made the final roster, per Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

It was clear that Brown deserved to stick around. One of last year’s fifth-round draft picks, he finished this past preseason with two sacks and over 10 pressures in total. Brown started training camp as an edge rusher, but was moved inside as the preseason persisted. Defensive tackle, specifically the 3-technique spot, is where Brown plays the best, and he proved he belonged there this month.

Ryan Glasgow will remain Geno Atkins’ backup at that position, but Brown provides a pass-rushing ability that Glasgow can’t match. Having Brown as depth should really help the Bengals’ defense when Atkins gets rotated out from time to time.

Brown missed the first two preseason games last season due to an injury and ended up missing the cut. He spent all of last year on the practice squad and was brought back this offseason.

With Brown now in the fold, the Bengals still have six defensive tackles including Brown, Atkins, Glasgow, Andrew Billings, Josh Tupou and Renell Wren. If Brown is in, it likely means Tupou is out. All six could be kept as well if the defense wants to roll with at least 11 defensive lineman.