The Cincinnati Bengals have set themselves up with a decent foundation for their rebuild. They’re hopeful Joe Burrow comes back healthy after being sidelined with a season-ending injury last year. The front office drafted his college teammate JaMarr Chase with their first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, giving Burrow a great receiving core to work with. The defense is a bit lacking though, but they have some key pieces that should help the Bengals improve in that area.
Cincinnati plays in a tough AFC North division, as all three of their division rivals are playoff contenders. It’ll be a tough journey for the Bengals, but their offense has the weapons necessary to surprise their opponents. This team will struggle, but they should improve and be closer to the middle of the pack than most believe.
To do that, the Bengals will need the best roster possible. They’re only allowed 53 players on the roster, so cuts will be coming throughout training camp. We’ll see how it plays out for the Bengals, as they have some solid weapons on offense. With that said, here are three cut candidates on the Bengals roster bubble entering training camp.
The running back position seems to be a strong point for the Bengals’ offense. Joe Mixon is a great rusher when he’s healthy and the Bengals have been lucky with their backup players. Samaje Perine did well with his opportunities and likely earned the backup role this year. That leaves one, maybe two spots available in the backfield.
With the additions of Chris Evans and Pooka Williams, it’s hard to imagine Trayveon Williams makes the final roster. He’s entering the third year of his career and received just 26 rush attempts in 2020. He didn’t play much of a factor in the passing game either, and that is likely the type of running back the Bengals are looking for as their third and fourth option.