Bengals Roster: Realistic expectations for Abu Daramy-Swaray in 2022

Abu Daramy-Swaray (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
Abu Daramy-Swaray (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images) /

Abu Daramy-Swaray is entering his first season on the Cincinnati Bengals roster. What should fans expect from him as a rookie? 

This past May, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Abu Daramy-Swaray to their roster after he impressed during rookie camp. Daramy-Swaray’s story is fun, as he went undrafted in 2019 out of Colgate and then spent last year in the German Football League.

Geoff Hobson of wrote a nice article on the Colgate product, noting that he cried when the Bengals signed him after rookie camp.

From Hobson’s article:

"“I hit my knees, called my mom and started crying,” he says, sitting in front of his locker with a Bengals helmet across from the No. 43 practice jersey. “Even now I just feel emotional. Am I really in the NFL? It’s been my childhood dream.”"

This has been a nice story and it’d be fun if Daramy-Swaray was able to find his way onto the 53-man roster. I’m not going to sugarcoat it though, doing so will be tough.

Bengals Roster: What should fans expect from Abu Daramy-Swaray?

As of now, the Bengals’ secondary isn’t set in stone. We know that Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton are going to be starters at the cornerback spot and Eli Apple is likely going to win the other starting gig. Cam Taylor-Britt might be in the conversation for a starting job as well but we’ll know for sure when the season gets underway.

While it’d be quite the success story if the Colgate product landed on the active roster, he’s going to have to bring his A-game and hope that others disappoint this summer. Some other players that he’ll be competing for a roster spot against consist of John Brannon, Jalen Davis, Allan George, Delonte Hood, and Bookie Radley-Hiles.

None of those are big names by any means but it’s still going to be quite the task for Daramy-Swaray to make the team. A realistic expectation for him is that he makes the practice squad and maybe gets called up to the active roster if injuries occur.

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