On offense, the Bengals have signed two wide receivers, 6′ 4″ 205# Tyrone Goard from Eastern Kentucky and 6′ 1″ 180# Roy Roundtree from Michigan. A Shrine-Bowler, Goard’s size and speed stoked a lot of interest after a college career where he proved capable of catching the long ball including ESPN’s Play of the Day on November 6, 2011. Roundtree was getting interest from the Ravens and Panthers after his career at Michigan where he ended up sixth all-time in catches and yards in that prestigious program.
On offensive line, at 6′ 6″ 332# Auburn guard, John Sullen shared playing time behind a number of Tiger standouts after playing his high school football in the same town. While he has the size and strength needed for an NFL lineman, he has yet to demonstrate any quickness or speed.
Finally, the Bengals have signed Oklahoma State’s punter\kicker, Quinn Sharp. As the Cowboy’s first three-time All American, Sharp was the nation’s top ranked punter and ranked among the top in field goal percentage and touchback percentage. At the Cowboy pro-day, he nailed a 60 yarder.
With their draft picks and this class of CFAs, the Bengals have added to a team that returns most of the important parts of the 2012 playoff team. The depth chart looks much healthier across a range of positions and this group’s mix of size, talent and attitude will give the coaching staff a lot to work with as mini-camps move into training camp and as the pre-season approaches. Still in their heads they have to realize that all the other teams have bolstered their rosters as best they could and, in the NFL, every team seems to get better every year. It won’t be the first time the coaching staff has been optimistic in May. Bengals fans hope it is the first time in a long time the Bengals get to play in late January.