I don’t remember a year where the talent has been so deep. In the past, it was always the Bengals scouring the waiver wire on cut-down day looking to fill holes. Now it is the other way around. There are a lot of good players that will be cut by the Bengals today, and will be playing somewhere else on Sunday.
The Bengals have a great problem, they have too many good players. The talent on this team will make cut-down day 2013 a very interesting day. Here are my predictions for the Final 53 (in parenthesis is how many I believe they will keep at each position).
Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterbackJosh Johnson
(8) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Cut: John Skelton
PUP: Zac Robinson (currently on PUP)
I think this one is easy. The Bengals aren’t going to keep a 3rd QB and Johnson has outplayed Skelton and offers more with his ability to run.
Running Backs (4)
BJGE, Bernard, Peerman, Burkhead
PUP: Bernard Scott
Practice Squad: Herron (if he makes it through waivers, which is doubtful)
Herron has earned a spot on the team, as has Burkhead. Both contribute on special teams and both contribute on the ground. I think Burkhead offers more in the passing game and I don’t think Burkhead would escape waivers in order to make the practice squad.
While I don’t think Herron will escape waivers either, I believe he has a better chance of doing so. Hence, Burkhead makes the team. Bernard Scott’s time with the Bengals is close to being done, but he holds on to a spot for now due to his PUP classification.