Cincinnati Bengals: 3 players who could be on their way out after the draft

Cincinnati Bengals, Damion Willis (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals, Damion Willis (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Damion Willis #15 of the Cincinnati Bengals lines up before a play during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Damion Willis #15 of the Cincinnati Bengals lines up before a play during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

Damion Willis shocked a lot of people when he clawed his way onto the Bengals 53-man roster out of training camp. He did so despite going undrafted. He even exceeded expectations by starting two games for the Bengals, thanks to less than ideal circumstances.

However, with A.J. Green set to return from injury and the selection of Tee Higgins in the second round, his status with the team is up in the air.

It’d be a safe bet to assume the Bengals keep 6 receivers on the roster this year, despite initially allocating 7 spots for the position in 2019. It’s a lock for Green, Higgins, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and Auden Tate to make the cut, leaving one spot up for grabs. Alex Erickson’s ability in the return game, along with his experience, gives him a definitive edge over Willis.

The Bengals would undoubtedly love to hold on to Willis by sneaking him on to their practice squad. Given the fact that Green and Ross have their contracts set to expire after the 2020 season, he could be a valuable player to have around.

It’s no sure thing that another franchise won’t snatch up the Mississippi native though. Unfortunately, fans in the Queen City may never get to see if Willis lives up to the potential Taylor saw in the pre-season.

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