Bengals Roster: 6 takeaways from waiver claims and practice squad additions

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The Cincinnati Bengals roster was trimmed to 53 players on Tuesday but Wednesday meant they could add players on waivers while also getting their practice squad put together. In order to be eligible to make the practice squad, players who were waived on Tuesday had to clear waivers.

There were several takeaways from both the waiver claims and practice squad additions, so let’s take a look at a few.

Nick McCloud and Wyatt Ray added through waivers

The Bengals added two players via waivers — Nick McCloud and Wyatt Ray.

McCloud played college football at both North Carolina State and Notre Dame, spending the first four years at NC State and the 2020 season at Notre Dame. He finished his college career with 138 tackles, 28 defended passes, four interceptions, and three recovered fumbles.

The Bengals’ secondary is pretty strong (as crazy as that is to say) but McCloud provides depth in the cornerback room.

As for Ray, he went undrafted in 2019 and has jumped around from the Browns, Texans, Bills, and Jets before landing on the Titans’ roster last year. The linebacker out of Boston College played in four games last year (starting one) and totaled two tackles and a sack for the Titans.