The Cincinnati Bengals have made two wavier claims, adding defensive back Nick McCloud from the Buffalo Bills and defensive end Wyatt Ray from the Tennessee Titans.
Also, former Bengals guard Michael Jordan was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, while kicker Austin Seibert was claimed by the Detroit Lions.
McCloud, who spent his final season of college football at Notre Dame, was a graduate transfer from NC State in 2020. The 6-foot, 192-pounder finished the season with 33 tackles, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, eight pass deflections, and and one interception.
For his career, McCloud registered 138 tackles, two tackles for loss, 28 pass deflections, four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.
Ray, a 6-foot-3, 253-pound product of Boston College, was an undrafted free agent signee of the Cleveland Browns in 2019. He finished his college career with 114 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, one interception, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble.
After being waived by Cleveland, Ray would have practice squad stints with the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans before making the latter’s roster in November of 2020. He appeared in four games (one start) while making two tackles, one sack and one QB hit.
It’s good to see Seibert landed on his feet with a team that didn’t have a kicker on their roster coming into today.
As for Johnson, the Bengals were likely hoping to get him on the practice squad, but he’d obviously rather be on someone’s 53-man roster. Here’s to hoping his career starts to take off in Carolina.