The results of the Bengals’ competition at wide receiver have finally come out. Cincinnati is waiving undrafted rookie wide receivers Stanley Morgan and Ventell Bryant, according to Zac Morrison of The Athletic.
Per source, the #Bengals have waived undrafted rooked WR Stanley Morgan, Jr.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 31, 2019
Should be a near lock for the practice squad.
The #Bengals have waived rookie WR Ventell Bryant. Have to think he'll be added to the practice squad tomorrow.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 31, 2019
Morgan was one of the biggest undrafted free agents the Bengals were able to land initially. He was viewed by many draft analysts as a mid-round pick, so Cincinnati signing him was a great acquisition.
He was heavily involved in the team’s competition for the final few spots on the roster, but it looks like he fell just short. Morgan finished the preseason with five catches for 63 yards, but he was unable to play in the team’s final two games due to injury. That may have been ultimately what cost Morgan his spot for now.
Bryant, on the other hand, ended the preseason as well as you could. He had 14 catches for 154 yards. Nine of those catches for for 83 yards came in the Bengals preseason finale. He made some very impressive catches away from his body that night, and it was even more impressive when you consider they were all darts being thrown by Jake Dolegala.
Bryant wasn’t being talked about as much with guys like Damion Willis impressing and being named the Week 1 starter for A.J. Green, but he put some great tape out there the final two weeks of the preseason.
With Morgan and Bryant being cut along with Cody Core, that means Auden Tate and Josh Malone have likely secured their places on the initial 53-man roster. It now becomes who will stick around after A.J. Green returns to the team from his injury.
Both Morgan and Bryant will be heavily considered for Cincinnati’s practice squad if both are able to clear waivers. Hopefully this is just a quick separation between the Bengals and these young promising wide receivers.