Cincinnati Bengals announce 53-man roster

The Cincinnati Bengals waived 18 players Saturday, including veterans John Connor and John Skelton.

Players Waived:

» FB John Conner (fourth-year player, Kentucky)
» TE/LS Bryce Davis (first-year player; Central Oklahoma)
» S Tony Dye (second-year player, UCLA)
» T Reid Fragel (rookie, Ohio State)
» WR Cobi Hamilton (rookie, Arkansas)
» RB Daniel Herron (first-year player, Ohio State)
» C T.J. Johnson (rookie, South Carolina)
» CB Chris Lewis-Harris (first-year player, Tennessee-Chattanooga)
» CB Onterio McCalebb (rookie, Auburn)
» DE Dontay Moch (second-year player, Nevada)
» CB Shaun Prater (second-year player, Iowa)
» WR Taveon Rogers (second-year player, New Mexico State)
» WR Roy Roundtree (rookie, Michigan)
» LB J.K. Schaffer (first-year player, Cincinnati)
» QB John Skelton (fourth-year player, Fordham)
» DT Terrence Stephens (rookie, Stanford)
» G John Sullen (rookie, Auburn)
» LB Bruce Taylor (rookie, Virginia Tech)

Bengals also placed linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on season-ending injured reserve, and running back Bernard Scott will start the first six weeks of the regular season on the physically unable to perform list.

The focus has to be what’s best to get ready for the Chicago Bears; that’s what the focus is right now,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “It may need adjusted again after we play the Bears. But we’re going to put together the best football team right now, and we feel really good about where we are with things. We have to focus on the guys that are going to go into that game in Chicago at Solider Field.”

Unofficial Depth Chart

Offense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
QB Andy Dalton Josh Johnson
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Giovani Bernard Cedric Peerman Rex Burkhead
FB Orson Charles
WR1 A.J. Green Brandon Tate Dane Sanzenbacher Andrew Hawkins
WR2 Mohamed Sanu Marvin Jones Ryan Whalen
RT Andre Smith
RG Kevin Zeitler Tanner Hawkinson
C Kyle Cook Trevor Robinson
LG Clint Boling Mike Pollak
LT Andrew Whitworth Anthony Collins
TE Jermaine Gresham Tyler Eifert Alex Smith

Defense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
SS George Iloka Taylor Mays Shawn Williams
FS Reggie Nelson Jeromy Miles
LDE Carlos Dunlap Robert Geathers Margus Hunt
NT Domata Peko Brandon Thompson
DT Geno Atkins Devon Still
RDE Michael Johnson Wallace Gilberry
SLB James Harrison
WLB Vontaze Burfict Jayson DiManche
MLB Rey Maualuga Vincent Rey
RCB Leon Hall Adam Jones
LCB Terence Newman Brandon Ghee Dre Kirkpatrick

Special Teams

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
KR Brandon Tate Adam Jones Giovani Bernard Marvin Jones
PK Mike Nugent
PR Adam Jones Brandon Tate Giovani Bernard Marvin Jones
Dane Sanzenbacher
P Kevin Huber
LS Clark Harris
KO Mike Nugent
H Kevin Huber
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