WR Backups: Trenton Irwin, Mike Thomas, Stanley Morgan
There’s a substantial dropoff between the starting wideouts and the backup wideouts, but to be fair, that’s typically the case for most teams.
Trenton Irwin has been with the Bengals since the 2019 season after going undrafted out of Stanford. He made a name for himself in the preseason last summer and that earned him a spot on the final roster. He handled punt return duties on three occasions and also hauled in two catches for 34 yards.
Mike Thomas was a sixth-round pick by the Rams in the 2016 NFL Draft and played for them for four years before landing with Cincinnati in 2020. He was a solid reserve for the stripes in 2020, tallying 13 catches for 132 yards and scoring the only touchdown of his career. This past year he had just five catches for 52 yards. He was re-signed in the offseason.
Stanley Morgan went undrafted out of Nebraska but found his way to Cincinnati in 2019 where he had three catches for 18 yards as a rookie. The next year he didn’t record any catches but he hauled in two receptions for 11 yards during the 2021 season.
All three of these guys rejoined the team this offseason and will be the ones thrust into action if any of the starters have to miss time.