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Bengals 53-Man Roster Rankings: Ogbuehi through 31

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos and Cedric Ogbuehi #70 of the Cincinnati Bengals congratulate each other after the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Denver defeated Cincinnati 29-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos and Cedric Ogbuehi #70 of the Cincinnati Bengals congratulate each other after the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Denver defeated Cincinnati 29-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /
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45. Clark Harris, LS

Harris is a tough player to rank. He’s been one of the longest tenured Bengals of all time, and rarely messes up. However, he plays a position that doesn’t have a lot of marginal value. Harris is a very solid long snapper, but he simply won’t make or break the Bengals’ season.

44. Tra Carson, RB

Carson was the lucky back that won the final spot on the roster. He was always known as a good power back, but he showed he could be useful in the pass game as well this preseason. Carson won’t play too much, but he’ll be useful in short yardage situations. It would not be a surprise to see him end the year with 4-6 TDs.

43. Auden Tate, WR

Tate, the star player from the start of camp, is another difficult player to rank. His size and physicality will be nearly impossible for opposing teams to match, but his limited ability to get separation makes him tough to play every down. The Bengals would be smart to give him snaps throughout the season, but he could find himself on the inactive list from time to time this year, especially once Core is healthy.

42. Hardy Nickerson, Jr., LB

A true riser throughout camp, Nickerson (above) has secured himself a real role on this team. Not only is he one of the team’s premier special teams players, he’s a reliable backup linebacker. Nickerson should get some reps at middle linebacker in addition to his bulk of special teams snaps.

41. Darius Phillips, CB

Phillips seems to have edged out fellow 5th round pick Davontae Harris (who was placed on IR), and may be usable this season. His best position is slot corner, which he could play in dime sets. Phillips is also a dynamic returner, so the Bengals may give him a few kicks and punts to see if he can make something happen.

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