The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to sign interior offensive lineman Trevor Robinson to their practice squad, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. While some may have scratched their collective heads when Robinson was released on Saturday, the end result is that Cincinnati didn't believe that he made an argument for the 53-man roster. Instead they kept T.J. Johnson, alongside starters Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler, Russell Bodine and backup Mike Pollak.
According to Pro Football Focus' grading system, Robinson was mostly a push in the preseason -- a positive run blocker, but negative pass blocker. When Cincinnati was having significant issues at center in 2012 -- Kyle Cook was dealing with a high ankle sprain and Jeff Faine was just awful -- Robinson helped stabilize the position... if not enhanced it. His performances were noteworthy enough that when Cook returned late in the season, fans clamored for Robinson.
Interestingly enough, the Bengals have no centers from last year's squad. Former starting center Kyle Cook was released in March and recently announced his retirement. Cincinnati used their fourth-round pick to snag UNC center Russell Bodine, who was named as the team's starting center a few weeks ago by Paul Alexander.