Cincinnati worked out seven free agents on Tuesday, per NFL insider Aaron Wilson. All seven of them are either offensive linemen or linebackers.
Bengals worked out Malik Carney, Ryan Groy, LaRoy Reynolds, Sutton SMith, Connor Strachan, Josh Wells, Bryan Witzmann— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 3, 2019
There’s really just a few notable players listed here. For starters, Josh Wells is a sixth-year offensive tackle who was recently released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been a career backup with starting experience, very much like how the Bengals relied on Anthony Collins for a while. We listed Wells as a potential waiver claim a few days ago.
Wells has been in the league for years, but linebacker Sutton Smith is just a rookie. Smith was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft, and he only played the final two games of the preseason. In the Steelers’ defensive scheme, Smith was used as an edge defender, but he’d be a linebacker with the Bengals at his size (6-0, 232 pounds).
At linebacker, Smith was joined by seventh-year journeyman LaRoy Reynolds and two undrafted free agent rookies in Malik Carney and Connor Strachan. Reynolds comes must recently from the 49ers, while Carney and Strachan were waived by the Lions and Jaguars, respectively.
Ryan Groy and Bryan Witzmann were both undrafted free agents who came into the league in 2014. Groy had been a backup and spot starter for the Bills for four years before joining the Saints this offseason. Whitzmann started for the Chiefs in 2017 and the Browns in 2018.