When the Bengals announce the opening day 53-man roster, this won’t be the end of the debate as to who’s on the roster for the majority of the year. With DT Pat Sims set to come off the PUP list in week 6, as well as DE/LB Dontay Moch returning from suspension in week 5, two players will have to be cut to make room for them. This will be a fluid situation. The first decision comes at the end of week4 when Moch returns from his 4-game suspension due to using a banned substance.
If Otis Hudson manages to make the team as the fourth offensive guard like many believe he will, he would be the likeliest candidate to be cut, as backup tackles Dennnis Rolland and Anthony Collins have both played guard during camp. If the team believes they can be viable options, that makes him even more expendable.
Marvin Lewis will be faced with another difficult decision in week 6 as whether to cut Sims, one of the teams best run-stuffers on the defensive line, or opt to cut a player from another position. Given the team just draft Devon Still and Brandon Thompson, it will all depend on how far they have progressed up to that point. If Lewis thinks those two are good enough, Sims will be given his walking papers. If they’re slow to adjust to the NFL, the Bengals will likely cut another player from another position. A special teams player like LB Vincent Rey could be the one to be cut in this situation.
As of now, the odds of Sims being on the Bengals roster past week 6 are slim, barring an unforeseen injury that forces the team to keep him.