The Bengals practice squad has been a hazy topic lately. Just a little while ago, I finally decided to write an article about rounding out the practice squad with Cobi Hamilton, but that looks to be possibly untrue at this point. There are multiple reports now that the Bengals have signed rookie wide receiver Tevin Reese as their tenth and final practice squad player.
#Bengals signed rookie WR Tevin Reese to the practice squad. Reese (5-10, 170; Baylor) was a seventh-round 2014 draft selection by San Diego
— Brad Johansen (@bradjohansen) September 3, 2014
#Bengals sign WR Tevin Reese to practice squad. Rookie from Baylor, 7th round pick of Chargers.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 3, 2014
Frankly it seems unclear as to whether this means Hamilton is not on the practice squad, but considering there wasn’t this many reports stating Hamilton was officially with the Bengals, and considering the team’s website hasn’t listed him on the practice squad, it seems safe to say that the Bengals have gone with Reese as the final player.
Reese was a scouted player by the Bengals prior to the draft. He had a productive career at Baylor and was named First-Team All-Big 12 despite missing four games in his senior season. Reese was a slight player at only 5’10” and a 163 pounds, but he was relatively impressive during the combine finishing as a top performer in three out of five categories he participated in. Reese’s skill set may resemble that of the recently departed Andrew Hawkins. He’s fast and ultra-quick, but will need to be equally as elusive if he is to survive in the NFL. Time will tell what the young receiver can bring to the Bengals deep wide receiver position and the team as a whole as the Bengals have been known to utilize players in a multitude of roles, but hopefully he’ll be able to put all his athletic ability to good use. Here’s some highlights of the Bengals’ newest player.