The Cincinnati Bengals are set to sign practice squad quarterback Brandon Allen to the practice squad, according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.
The #Bengals plan to sign QB Brandon Allen to the active roster from their practice squad, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 23, 2020
So after Joe Burrow's season-ending knee injury, Cincinnati's QB depth chart now includes Ryan Finley and Brandon Allen.
Allen, who was signed during training camp but waived during final roster cuts, has been on the practice squad all season. He doesn’t have much playing experience, but the former sixth-round pick out of Arkansas in the 2016 NFL Draft has been in the league long enough that he’ll be the old man of Cincinnati’s quarterback room.
Originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Allen spent his rookie season as the team’s third-string quarterback, then was waived in 2017 during final roster cuts. He was then claimed by the Los Angeles Rams, where he would be the third-stringer for the entire 2017 season.
In 2018, Allen was waived early in the regular season before being signed to the Rams’ practice squad, where he spent the rest of the season before signing a futures contract the following offseason.
During his two years with the Rams, Allen got to work with Zac Taylor, who was the team’s quarterbacks coach before becoming Cincinnati’s head coach in the 2019 offseason.
In 2019, the Rams waived Allen during final roster cuts, and he was claimed by the Denver Broncos, where he backed up Joe Flacco. After an injury to Flacco in Week 8, Allen became the starting quarterback. He made his first start in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns, where he threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns in a 24–19 victory.
Allen would lose his next two starts before second-round rookie Drew Lock came off injured reserve and started the rest of the season. Allen then hit free agency this offseason before landing in Cincinnati.
For now, I would guess Allen backs up Ryan Finley for 1-2 games, but given how bad Finley has played, I would expect Allen to start at some point over the final six games.