The Cincinnati Bengals have wasted no time in finding another offensive lineman to fill in for the injured Tanner Hawkinson, as the team has signed former fifth-round draft pick Otis Hudson:
#Bengals sign G Otis Hudson with Hawkinson (ankle) on shelf indefinitely
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 10, 2013
We have signed free agent G Otis Hudson, who was with the #Bengals in 2011.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 10, 2013
The 6-5, 320-pound Hudson rejoins the Bengals after spending his entire 3-year NFL career with them, most of which have been on the practice squad.
Hudson is a former fifth-round pick from the 2010 NFL draft, but never played a game in the NFL as he spent the next three years bouncing back-and-forth between the practice squad, the 53-man roster as a gameday inactive.
In 2012, Hudson played in all four preseason games before he was waived on Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to the Bengals practice squad. The Bengals opted not to sign him to the offseason roster once the season ended, and he’s since been a free agent.
In 2011, Hudson made the opening day roster, but was Inactive for Games 1-4. He was eventually waived on Oct. 6 and signed to practice squad. He was later called up to the 53-man roster on Dec. 12, after Bobbie Williams was placed on the Injured Reserve list with a broken ankle, and was inactive for Games 14-16 and for Wild Card playoff game vs. the Houston Texans.
In college, Huson finished his career at Eastern Illinois after transferring from Minnesota.
Hudson likely be nothing more than a camp body, and he’s the perfect candidate, as he’ll know the offense better than any other free agent lineman.