Thoughts on the Bengals Opening Day Roster

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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) returns a punt during the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Training camp is less than 2 weeks away from opening, and then begins a month-long process of narrowing down a 90-man roster down to 53 prior to the opening game of the 2013 NFL season. While we’re still nearly 6 weeks away from knowing who will be on that roster, you can already project over half of the roster, given that the bengals return nearly everyone from last year’s 10-6 playoff club.

In looking at who will likely be on the Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster when the 2013 NFL season opens, Geoff Hobson believes incumbent wide receiver/return-man Brandon Tate looks to have a roster spot secured, unless someone can step up as a returner and dethrone him from that role, and Minnesota undrafted cornerback Troy Stoudemire might be a candidate to do that:

Rookie free agent Troy Stoudermire is an NCAA return record-holder at Minnesota, but he’s got a steep climb to conquer at cornerback. It is the opener and Tate has given the Bengals two solid years back there even if ’12 wasn’t as spectacular as ’11.

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