Bengals Sign WR From Gruden's UFL Days

The Bengals signed journeyman Wide Receiver John Standeford. Standeford and Bengals OC Jay Gruden are quite familiar with eachother, Standeford playing the last 2 seasons for Gruden in the UFL. During that period Standeford was one of Gruden’s more talented players on Offense. (Not saying much for a minor league level talent pool I know)

It can easily be assumed that Standeford already knows the offense backwards and forwards which may be an asset during a shortened off-season. Standeford stands at 6’4″ and 206 lbs making him a rather large target for Dalton. It was widely obvious when looking at his UFL rosters Gruden highly values 2 types of receivers, either very tall and possession receivers or short and shifty guys. The Bengals already have a lot of the ‘shifty’ with Shipley, Cosby, Caldwell, Whalen and Hawkins they need to have a little more preseason depth at the bigger targets that Gruden values.

Standeford has bounced around enough rosters a lot of rosters during his career, and it’s pretty likely he still won’t find a home in Cincinnati. The WR position is an open race but only a few serious contenders. Standeford will most likely be cut before week 1 as long as everyone is healthy.

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