The Bengals are waiving tight end Jordan Franks, offensive lineman Josh Knipfel, and tight end Mitchell Wilcox, according to Ben Baby and Tyler Dragon. Knipfel and Wilcox were signed as undrafted free agents this year, while Franks spent time on the Bengals’ 53-man roster last season.
Bengals are set to waive OL Josh Knipfel, per source. Was an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 5, 2020
The #Bengals have released TE Mitchell Wilcox, per a source.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) September 5, 2020
The Bengals have released TE Jordan Franks, per @OSMG_LLC. Already receiving interest from teams for their respective practice squads.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 5, 2020
An Honorable Mention All-Big-12 pick in each of the past two seasons, Knipfel started every game the last three seasons (39 straight games) at Iowa State, most of which were at right guard. The 6-5, 300-pound lineman was part of an offense that broke school records in total offense (444.3), touchdowns (53), passing yards (4,047) and yards per play (6.4). The Cyclone offense also averaged 32.2 points per game, the second-best season total in school history
Wilcox, a rookie out of South Florida, who measures in at 6-3 and 247 pounds, is a little undersized for an NFL tight end. After breaking school records in catches (43) and receiving yards (540) in 2018, Wilcox’s numbers dipped to 28 grabs for 350 yards in 2019 while scoring five times.
Franks, a third-year player out of Central Florida, originally was a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2018. He spent 15 games last season on Cincinnati’s practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in Week 17. As a rookie in 2018, he played in six games and had two catches for 37 yards.