The Bengals’ thinning of their roster will be in full force today. At least one of their several cuts will be at the quarterback position, and we know of one now.
Per NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Bengals are waiving Brandon Allen.
The #Bengals are waiving QB Brandon Allen, source said. Some starting experience available as teams set contingency plans.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 5, 2020
Allen was signed by the Bengals on August 1st. He was originally was a sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, and then later spent time with the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos. He has played in three career games (all with Denver in 2019), and completed 39 of 84 passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
The team had plans to keep Allen, at least throughout training camp, as en extra quarterback for COVID-19 purposes in case one of their other quarterbacks tested positive and had to be placed on the COVID Reserve list. As a result, Allen took minimal reps with the team behind quarterbacks Joe Burrow, Ryan Finley, and Jake Dolegala.
Even as a fourth-year player, Allen can still be brought back onto the Bengals’ practice squad this season. Every NFL team can keep up to six vested veterans (those with four accrued seasons or more) on their 16-man practice squads as well as protecting up to four players per week from getting signed by other teams.
If the Bengals wish to keep a combined four quarterbacks on the active roster and the practice squad, Allen seems likely to be brought back.
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