Most notable Cincinnati Bengals roster cuts ahead of 2021 season
Most Notable Bengals Roster Cuts – No. 1: Michael Jordan
It wasn’t a good sign for Michael Jordan when he wasn’t able to get on the field as a backup in the final preseason game. Rookies Jackson Carman and D’Ante Smith filled the role as the backup guards instead while Quinton Spain and Xavier Su’a-Filo served as the starting guards.
Jordan was the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and there was hope that he can fill in as a starting guard for the foreseeable future. His legacy, however, will be that he was the one responsible for the injury on Joe Burrow.
There’s still a chance that Jordan clears waivers and lands on the Bengals’ practice squad but with his experience, it’s hard to imagine a team not being interested in scooping him off the waiver wire.
Jordan’s time with the team didn’t go according to plan but the big takeaway here is that Carman and Smith will be the backup guards. This is huge for both guys, as Carman was once a third-string right guard while Smith was supposed to be in line to play at right tackle if Riley Reiff were to miss an extended period of time. Now he’s the backup left guard.
These players might have been cut but it’s not guaranteed that they won’t end up back with the Bengals in some capacity.