5 surprise cut candidates for the Bengals in 2022

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2. Trayveon Williams

Trayveon Williams was drafted in 2019 and has only seemed to lose the opportunities he has had to emerge as RB2 on the depth chart behind Joe Mixon.

First, they brought in Samaje Perine and he quickly earned that role then they drafted Chris Evans last season and he surpassed Williams as well on the depth chart reasonably quickly.

Since 2019, Williams has 41 total carries for 208 rushing yards and has yet to find the end zone in his tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals. He did cap off a very nice 55-yard run since he’s been in Cincinnati, but he has not lived up to what he accomplished in college where he was the feature back at a big SEC school that was run-heavy (Texas A&M).

Don’t expect the Bengals to take more than three running backs on their active 53-man roster. If anything, Willams will be competing with undrafted rookie Shermari Jones from Coastal Carolina for a potential practice squad role.