Bengals Roster: It’s not looking good for Michael Jordan

Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Bengals roster decisions will have to be made before Tuesday’s final deadline arrives and for offensive guard Michael Jordan, things aren’t looking great to make the team.

Jordan, a former fourth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2019, hasn’t been the player the Bengals were hoping he’d be when they spent an early Day 3 pick on him. Unfortunately for Jordan, as of now, he’s most known for being responsible for Joe Burrow getting injured last year.

This summer was Jordan’s shot at redemption but it hasn’t gone according to plan, especially not lately. Jordan found himself on the sidelines watching as rookies D’Ante Smith and Jackson Carman took snaps with the second-team offensive line.

Jordan didn’t work his way into the game until the third quarter, which was quite sometime after Smith and Carman first entered the game. Once in, Jordan rotated with the two rookies. Splitting time with two rookies isn’t ideal for a guy entering his third season with the team, especially not after those rookies saw significant playing time before Jordan even entered the game.

Michael Jordan might not make the Bengals roster.

Bengals fans won’t be shocked if Jordan finds himself on the outside looking in when the roster decisions are revealed. He hasn’t played well during his career and while Carman got off to a rough start this summer, his performances in the past two preseason games have redeemed him. He went from a third-string right guard to now taking reps with the second team while Jordan has been pushed out.

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If this is it for Michael Jordan in the Queen City, his “legacy” is going to be that he was “that guy” on the play where Burrow got injured. Even if he makes the team, it’s doubtful that Jordan will be working his way into the starting lineup barring injuries.