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Cincinnati Bengals roster predictions: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Wide Receivers (6)- A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate, Tee Higgins, Alex Erickson
The top five slots in the wideout room aren’t really up for debate. The only question marks that accompany the unit is whether they’ll keep an extra player, as they’ve done in the past, and what they’ll do with the final spot.
Alex Erickson, Damion Willis, Stanley Morgan, and Scotty Washington will all be battling it out. If it were a regular offseason, Washington may be able to legitimately make a push to make the final cut, given his impressive frame and the exciting unknown of his potential.
However, the lack of preseason games delivers a blow to his chances. Erickson is the safe option, and the correct one, given the circumstances. His ability in the return game and track record of producing when an injury occurs speaks for itself.
Tight Ends (4)- Drew Sample, C.J. Uzomah, Cethan Carter, Mitchell Wilcox
The back end of the tight end room will certainly be interesting to watch. Sample and Uzomah easily lock up the top two slots but after that, the field is wide open.
Carter has stuck around with Cincinnati since 2017, even through a coaching regime shift and an injury that cost him his entire 2018 campaign. This suggests that he has shown enough to be the legitimate third tight end on the roster.
The last spot will be a battle between Mason Schreck and Mitchell Wilcox. Before the preseason games were canceled, Wilcox was being dubbed by many as the most likely undrafted free-agent to earn a spot on the roster.
It will be close, but the coaching staff may be willing to gamble on Wilcox’s high energy and potential over what they’ve seen from Schreck so far.