Bengals: Reece Horn likely won’t be anything more than a camp body

Reece Horn (18) -Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Reece Horn (18) -Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cincinnati Bengals signed wide receiver Reece Horn ahead of training camp and while this is the time of year where any signing gets discussed ad nauseam, Horn probably won’t be contributing much to the team, if anything.

The Bengals are already well set-up at wide receiver. They drafted Ja’Marr Chase with their first-round pick and had Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and Mike Thomas on the roster already. That’s a solid group of receivers and most teams would love to have that wide receiver room ahead of camp (just ask the Saints right now).

According to the Bengals’ official website, Horn went undrafted in 2016 and signed with the Titans. He’s spent time in the European league, the AAF, and XFL and spent the 2019 offseason with the Dolphins. He has not played in an NFL regular-season game yet and that’s why I wouldn’t make too much out of this signing.

Reece Horn gives the Bengals depth at wide receiver.

Even though Horn is a dark horse to make the roster, it’s still interesting as to why the Bengals decided to bring him in. He played college football at the University of Indianapolis and isn’t a big name whatsoever. They had to have seen something in him even if the whole intent was to have an extra body for camp.

Horn was a sharp player at the University of Indianapolis, going for over 1,000 yards receiving in his final two years and totaling 20 touchdowns combined. In 2014, he found the end zone 12 times and in 2015, he had 1,396 receiving yards to go along with eight touchdowns. He’s definitely capable of being a big-time playmaker but that was for a team that plays in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

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Bengals fans should be intrigued by Reece Horn but at the end of the day, it’s normal for teams to add more competition during training camp and that’s probably all this signing is. The Bengals have a stacked receiver room so Horn will have to put on one hell of a show to come close to sniffing the final roster.

Such is life.