Saturday, September 3, 2011
Cincinnati Bengals cutdown analysis
By James Walker
Check here for a complete list of the Cincinnati Bengals' roster moves
Surprise move: The biggest surprise was a suspension. Starting guard Bobbie Williams will be out four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancement policy. Williams brings stability and leadership to the Bengals. He will be out until Cincinnati's game Oct. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bengals also cut offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles. The team went after Jean-Gilles in free agency, but he didn't perform well in the preseason. Cutting cornerback Brandon Ghee was a mild surprise after the Bengals spent a third-round pick on him last year.
No-brainers: Fui Vakapuna began training camp with a chance to win the starting fullback job. But he was thoroughly outperformed by new starter Chris Pressley.
Dan LeFevour beat out Jordan Palmer for the No. 3 quarterback role. But LeFevour didn't do enough to warrant the Bengals' keeping three quarterbacks. Cincinnati cut LeFevour and used the extra roster spot on another position. The Bengals also terminated the contracts of cornerback Jonathan Wade and defensive end Victor Adeyanju.
Cornerback Adam Jones (neck) hasn't practiced this summer and will start the year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Linebacker Keith Rivers (wrist) also will be out for a significant period of time.
What's next: The Bengals have plenty of cap room if they want to make a move. They recently spent money on their own players by giving extensions to cornerback Leon Hall, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center Kyle Cook.
Cincinnati is going young this season. But it wouldn't hurt the Bengals to scan the wires to see what's out there.