October 13, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Southern Miss Golden Eagles offensive linesman Jason Weaver (52) during the second half against the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium. UCF Knights defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 38-31 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Claim Jason Weaver off Waivers from Tampa Bay Buccaneers



The Bengals today made the following roster moves:

*Acquired rookie OT Jason Weaver on waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Weaver (6-4, 313; Southern Mississippi) entered the NFL on May 3 of this year as a college free agent with Tampa Bay.

*Signed rookie WR Jheranie Boyd as a free agent. Boyd (6-2, 190; North Carolina) entered the NFL on May 6 of this year as a college free agent with Tampa Bay. He cleared waivers and became a free agent on June 14. His first name is pronounced “JAIR-uh-nee.”

Jason Weaver played offensive tackle at Southern Miss. In 2011, Weaver played in all 14 games, including starting the final 12 at right tackle. Weaver earned second-team All-Conference USA honors. Due to a previous injury, Weaver was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, and returned in 2012, where he started all 12 games for the Golden Eagles. He was an honorable mention to the All-Conference USA team.

Perhaps Weaver was signed as an extra body on the offensive line with Andrew Whitworth still recovering from offseason knee surgery.


The Bengals also signed Jheranie Boyd, an undrafted free agent coming out of North Carolina this past year. His career at UNC saw him record 44 receptions for 860 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons. Boyd was off of most team’s draft radar after suffering leg injuries during his senior campaign.

It’s rather interesting the Benglas claimed two former Bucs on the same day. Hopefully, both players end up being more than just extra bodies in practice and prove to be legitimate challengers for a spot on the 53-man roster, or even the practice squad.



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