Three Bengals who must impress in camp to avoid being cut

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Typically, the Bengals like to keep roughly six wideouts on their initial 53-man roster. This year, there only seems to be one of those six spots up for grabs, as the other five slots are pretty much locked down. Fans can rest assured that A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, John Ross, and Auden Tate will be the top five pass catchers.

Alex Erickson, Damion Willis, Stanley Morgan, and undrafted free-agent Scotty Washington will all be competing to stick around. Willis impressed out of the gate in 2019 but didn’t show much when given the chance. If he wants to continue to stay in the good graces of Taylor, he’ll need to rediscover the potential that saved him from being cut at the beginning of last season.

It won’t be easy. Erickson has proven capable in the return game and has stepped up when called upon. Morgan showed just as much potential at times as Willis. Washington is a 6’5 weapon with loads of red zone potential.

Making the situation look even more dire for Willis is the fact that the team already has higher caliber players that have similar skill sets. Green and Higgins will man the outside receiver positions, leaving the front office to look for special teams ability or some other unique attribute to fill the back end of the room. Two of the other three previously mentioned wide receivers certainly have attributes that fit that description.

If Willis wants to stick around, he’ll need to impress during training camp to convince the Bengals they can’t risk losing him to another team when they attempt to stash him on the practice squad.

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