The Cincinnati Bengals tweaked, chopped, and re-assigned 18 players off the roster to meet the mandated 53-man roster on Saturday with no real surprises.
The biggest name on the list was former Bears and Texans safety Danieal Manning. He was on the Texans for both playoff victories against the Bengals in 2011 and 2012, but was unable to adapt to the Bengals system. Last season, he only appeared in six games for Houston.
Joining him were offensive lineman Will Svitek, Dan France, and Trevor Robinson; running backs James Wilder Jr. (son of former NFL RB James Wilder), Nikita Whitlock, and Orson Charles (also a tight end); receivers Cobi Hamilton and Colin Lockett; defensive lineman David King, Devon Still, Dontay Moch, and Sam Montgomery; and corners Onterio McCalebb (also returned kicks) and Victor Hampton.
There still others who had different fates on Saturday from those waived. Corner Lavelle Westbrooks was let go, but was given an injury settlement after injuring his thumb in the preseason. He was a seventh round pick by the Bengals this season. Lineman Trey Hopkins was moved to the IR with a leg injury and former National Champion at Alabama, quarterback A.J. McCarron, was put on the Non-Football Injury List as he has not practiced nor played for the Bengals this preseason.
Still with the team, but not on the roster is another defensive back, Chris Lewis-Harris. Last season he played in seven games and had three tackles. He will be suspended the first two games of the season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
With their roster set, the Bengals will set their focus on their AFC North rival the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati will begin the season Sept. 7 on the road with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.