Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT
Cut down day across the NFL is never fun and the Cincinnati Bengals are neither immune nor exempt from cutting to the necessary 53 man roster. After watching the latest episode of Hard Knocks followed by the final preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, it is very apparent the Cincinnati Bengals could really keep 60 or 61 NFL caliber players. This will not, and cannot happen.
In getting the roster trimmed down to 53 men, the casualties included longtime-tackle Dennis Roland, rookie WR Cobi Hamilton, undrafted rookie linebacker and hometown favorite JK Schaffer and second year RB/special-teamer and former Ohio State Buckeye Daniel “Boom” Herron. Everyone can argue that all four of these players can play on the final 53. Roland has played in more than one regular season game, for the Bengals, so why is he not good enough now?
Schaffer, Hamilton, and Herron all looked promising throughout the preseason, and now sit on the practice squad this year while hoping for that call-up to the 53-man roster.