Practice squad moves

Posted by bengalsweb on November 27, 2012 – 3:02 pm

The Bengals on Tuesday made the following practice squad moves:

» Signed TE/LS Bryce Davis, a rookie from Central Oklahoma. Davis originally signed with the Bengals as a college free agent on May 2. He played in all four preseason games, with two receptions for 13 yards and three special teams tackles. He was waived on Aug. 31, signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1 and released on Sept. 4.

» Signed T Dan Knapp, a rookie from Arizona State. Knapp entered the NFL on May 2 as a college free agent with Oakland. He played in all four Raiders preseason games and was waived on Oct. 31.

» Released rookie C Scott Wedige of Northern Illinois to the Arizona Cardinals, who signed him to their 53-player roster. Wedige had joined the Bengals practice squad on Nov. 6.

» Released rookie LB Ben Jacobs of Fresno State. Jacobs had joined the practice squad on Nov. 12.

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21 Responses to “Practice squad moves”

  1. By ljubi22 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Did we extend Gino’s contract yet or are we waiting for it to get more expensive?

  2. By mwindle1973 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m hoping we can carry this momentum out to the west coast. We went out to Seattle and did it last year. This is a more dangerous team. THey are the gang who can’t shoot straight right now. I feel like SD is a dangerous team at 4-7. We have to get up early in this one. IMO the OLine has formed into one of the top 5 lines in the NFL. Even with Robinson having some weaknesses to cover up. But he has come a long way in a few weeks. And if we get Cook back at top form I think we could be looking at an Oline that rivals the 05 line. If the Oline and DLine play like they have been, it’ll be hard to lose. But it’s always difficult to travel this far and win against a quality opponent. Indy is down late, and I think Pit has little chance against the Ravens. Even if they pull one off, then it pulls the Ravens to within 2 games of us. This game will define our position in the final run. We will be in the hunt win or lose. But win and we could be a game ahead of the Steelers. And tied with INdy, who still has 2 games against the Texans left.

  3. By bengalpirate on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    An ugly win, but a win nonetheless,as well as an always difficult road win. Offense played just well enough to win, but they can’t go on giving up pick 6’s and Marvin Jones has to make the catch when the ball hits him in the hands, as well as Gresham not fumbling. These guys, as well as others now have an opportunity to take the offense to the next level by having minimal mistakes and continuing to grow their skills and experience. The last 4 games don’t get any easier and we won’t win on the road again, if we don’t make those plays and eliminate mistakes. Defense was rock solid again and I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but if they can continue to play well, I think the D will create the identity this team needs to wrap itself up in. Step 5 is upon us and here comes Dallas and Dallas is just well….DALLAS! Find a way to stop Romo and beat Dallas, to setup steps 6 and 7 and potentially the 2 most important road games of Coach Lewis’ tenure in Cincinnati. Smooth offense, ball control, breakout game for young WRs, pressure and sacks on Romo, control of defensive line and as always, DEFENSE!!!

  4. By bengalpirate on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know if he is ready yet, but hopefully Dan (Boom) Herron gets an opportunity to show he can fill-in for Cedric Peerman. I just don’t see much out there in the free agent RB market and I’m biased with my OSU background, but Herron to me is a similar player to Peerman.

  5. By mwindle1973 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    @pirate…I’m with you on Herron. I’m a big OSU fan, so I’d like to see him succeed. I really don’t know what to expect out of him. But hopefully he’ll get some snaps and make something happen with them.

  6. By mwindle1973 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    We signed K Josh Brown and cut C Jeff Faine. With Cook getting ready to come off roster exemption I expected the Faine cut. But now we have to cut someone else when Cook comes back. That means we probably have to cut TE Richard Quinn or LB Emanuel Lamur. Lamur has racked up 13 tackles and 1 pdef in 5 games of limited snaps. Including 6 tackles against the Giants. With Quinn not being active in a game yet, he will likely get the cut.

  7. By mwindle1973 on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    To me their are 2 keys to winning this game. 1 is to keep the pocket contained. Rush clean lanes, and don’t allow an escape route. Keeping Romo in the pocket with pressure is more important than the sack. It’s better he’s forced to make decisions in the pocket, under pressure, than to let him escape and create plays. The 2nd key is to establish dominance on the Oline in the run game. Our line should be able to handle this front 7. Not only do we have a physical advantage in that respect, but their LBs are not playing well right now. If Marvin Lewis was their coach, he’d be saying enough of the free lancing already. They do not retain gap integrity. And BJGE is so disciplined about following his run lines. Right now we are run blocking so well on the right side. If the Cowboys are going to take one from us at home, that’s where it begins. They have to stuff the run, and they have to block our pass rush/Romo has to escape it. In the end it seems if we do what we need to a victory is certain. If they do what they need to they have a chance at a victory. But who knows…sometimes by this point in the year, it can just come down to who executes better.

  8. By mwindle1973 on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll be hoping for a SD victory over the Steelers. SD is not an easy out, they showed us that last week. They are the only team in the NFL with a losing record that have scored more pts than they’ve given up. So they can play better than the 4-8 record. Indy has to go to Tennessee. Indy’s a good team, but they are the only team in the NFL with a winning record that’s given up more pts than they have scored. So they can play below their 8-4 record at times. This is a new team, and I don’t know what to expect. They could finish 12-4 or could collapse and finish 10-6/9-7. 2 out of the last 3 games are against Houston. Overall there are 7 teams competing for the 6 AFC playoff spots, and there are 6 games left where 2 of the teams face each other. With HOU@NE Monday night. Wk 15 has IND@HOU & DEN@BAL. Wk 16 has CIN@PIT. The final wk has BAL@CIN & HOU@IND. So there the standings amongst these 7 teams are going to shift a good bit. As a Bengals fan I’m hoping for a Baltimore collapse. I’ll be pulling for WAS to take them this wk, then they face DEN & NYG, before facing us. Also important to note is that there are no scenarios where we win a tie breaker with HOU, DEN, BAL and NE. Right now PIT & INDY have the tie break on us, but it’s tight and that could still change. It’s going to be an exciting 4 weeks! But first we have to go get another one this week.

  9. By mwindle1973 on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    After pondering this game all week, I’ve come to the determination that despite a lot of media talk about it being an even game, it will not be. If we pass rush with and contain the pocket, and block effectively on offense, how can we lose? I just don’t think they can deal with our Oline. I think BJGE could have his 4th straight 100 yard game. On D if we just stay in our lanes and shrink the pocket they will make mistakes, enough to lose the game. If we control the running game too, then this could be a blowout. All week I bought in to the talk. But aren’t these the same Cowboys who have impersonated the 2010 Bengals for the last 3 seasons? And I don’t think our team is going to move backwards. The coordinators changed a few things around, the players made some adjustments, and we have gotten better. This wasn’t like years past where chemistry issues, or individuals not trying/working hard enough, and then we start playing better only to fall back to old habits at the end of the season. This is a team that is growing before our eyes. I think key was the fact that they simplified some things for both sides of ball since the bye week. I think this is going to be a steady win. Not an easy one, but just steady control of the game throughout, which probably equates to a comfortable win if we limit mistakes.

  10. By tepidfan31 on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    A Real Downer. 4th quarter: Dallas 10 pts, Bengals 0: Dallas 140 yds, Bengals 21 yds: Dallas 2 sacks, Bengals 0; Dallas no penaties, Bengals 2 for 20 yds. All this with gifts from the Steelers and Ravins: Why can’t you put the game away in the 4th quarter with a 9 pt lead? Goodbye playoffs; Another frustrating season!

  11. By mwindle1973 on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Hobson…With all due respect to your Deja Blue reference I believe the words “Nugent at the gun” will ring a bell to you. As you predicted a game with that comment last year that went very similar, I believe it was Buffalo. When I read in the media roundtable discussion, one of the Cowboys picks was “Bailey at the gun”, I got an eerie feeling then. But I brushed it off and made the bold prediction of an comfortable win above. In my defense, 3 dropped passes for 3rd down conversions, a dropped TD pass that became a FG instead, and 3 dropped INTs prove that we could’ve had a blowout. But we played like flat on offense once we got the lead. If we had one, we’d had been talking about being one game out of the AFC North lead. As it is we are no worse off than before the loss. This is where we find out what this team is made of.

  12. By bengalpirate on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    I guess it was unrealistic to think we would win out the rest of the regular season, at least on my behalf. Dallas was a game, though, that we had won, but we just couldn’t put it away in the 4th quarter. Now we are in a situation where every remaining game is a one game season, where we do basically need to win out. We can’t think about the next game until we win the current game, hence 3 consecutive one game seasons. It helps that Pittsburgh and Baltimore both lost, but now we have to go to Philadelphia and steal a win and then look to win 2 games back-to-back on the road and finish with a win over Baltimore. A formidable task indeed, but perhaps we will see what this team is really made of at the end of the 4th quarter in Philadelphia. We didn’t finish the 4th quarter against the Cowboys, but what will we do against the Eagles???

  13. By mwindle1973 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    @pirate…I’m with you…we are going to find out what this team is made of on Thursday night. Dallas and Cleveland were dittos. They are games where we took the early lead, looked like we would dominate, but then committed a TO to let the other team back in it. In both games we responded after the TO, by stalling offensively. We moved the ball, but drives stalled without pts or TDs became FGs. And in both games the D was dominate and then broke down in the 4th qtr. The only differences being we created more TOs in CLE and the D meltdown was way worse. But those are two games that aren’t just should’ve wons. We had them in our grasp and we let them get away, against teams we should’ve beaten. IND & BAL can clinch a spot with one more win. If we beat Philly & Pit we clinch a spot. There are scenarios that we get in, but most involve beating PIT. But we still do control our own destiny. It’s just as fans we see a win over PIT or BAL, but especially PIT as a near impossibility. But they’ve both won 3 straight on us and it might be our time for a win. We had an off game, but for 4 games we may have had the best OLine & Dline in the NFL.

  14. By mwindle1973 on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    We were lucky John Conner was just sitting out there. The last time we lost our FB it took a few years to find a guy who could replace what he was doing. I think Conner can come in a pick the playbook up quick. He has over a week and he only has to learn about 25% of the playbook. On the same note, he could struggle to execute the plays even if he can memorize them. After all, practice makes perfect. I did notice that the run game struggled some after Pressley was injured. But then Orson Charles seemed to improve towards the end of the game. He hasn’t caught a lot of attention but Charles has been a great pick. He’s a decent blocker and will improve more, and he has great hands. I’ve felt for a few years now that to find a true FB, you are going to have to draft a TE with the build and attributes and take 2 years to turn him into a true FB. Connor and Pressley are examples of why. They are both bangers, they have the agility and speed to get to the blocks (Conner even runs a 4.64 40), but they are both a dead give away that a run is coming when they are on the field because all they do is block. Neither one can carry the ball or catch passes effectively. SO go back to my theory of TE to FB. Where do you find a FB in this era that is 250+, a great open field blocker, able to carry the ball well, able to run routes well & has good hands? You just don’t anymore. Those guys are playing TE. I think the answer is whether you keep a FB or not, is to have a variety of TEs, and line them up at FB, at H-back, at the wing, and inline. Kind of what Belichick does in NE now.

  15. By bengalpirate on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great win for the team in Philly. They didn’t fold when the Eagles took the lead, defense arose to the occasion, specials teams added value and the offense played better in the 2nd half when they finally adjusted to all the Eagles’ D stunts and tricks. Next up for the next one game season is the Steelers in Pittsburgh and needless to say, they will throw everything, including the kitchen sink at us in an effort to stay alive in the playoff hunt. My keys for the game is rock solid, hard hitting defense, mistake free special teams play and how quickly the offense, defense and special teams adjust and adapt to whatever the Steelers throw at us. Got to stop Bengals killer Heath Miller too. Trick plays on offense, special teams and slobber knocking defense is always a concern when the Steelers play the Bengals, but just once, I’d like to see us beat them at their own game. Many of the younger players on the Bengals have never experienced a win against the Steelers, but what better time than now???

  16. By bengalpirate on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    What a titanic defensive struggle and for once, it fell our way. We beat the Steelers at their own game, at their home field, no less. We have accomplished quite a lot this year, as far as old stigmas: finally winning a Prime Time game (last win – 2007) before a national audience, West Coast win, beating the Steelers at home with their own game, Top 5 defense, etc. etc. Now one more game left, that in theory has no meaning, but it does. Tiger Pride is at stake, as is momentum, so I can offer up only one thing for the Ravens game:

    Monday Night Football September 10th, 2012
    Ravens 44 Bengals 13


  17. By tepidfan31 on Dec 28, 2012 | Reply

    2013 NFL Draft – I don’t know what the Bengals think that they need to upgrade, I don’t know what their cap is, nor do I know what free agents they wish to resign. It seems that there is a problem with the run offense, but is it the personnel, is it the youth, or what? Is this the reason that our present running backs have been average or what? Do we really have a top wide receiver to compliment Green? Whit seems to be fine for a few years, but when will we need an offensive tackle? We have 3 picks in the first two rounds, but 90% of the prospects are on the defensive side of the ball, and other than a safety, a possible replacement at defensive end (not signing who we have), and an outside linebacker at one spot, there aren’t many first two round guys on the offensive side. One of the most important considerations has to be the run game, or we won’t have a balanced offense; especially against the better defenses: somehow it must improve, but how? Discounting a need on the OL and the DEs for a moment, my opinion is that we need a Safety, and possibly a OLB, a WR, and a RB. Is this the time to be more aggressive in possibly trades or in FA? My opinion is that we are a few guys short for a Super Bowl.

  18. By mwindle1973 on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    Caught a couple articles this week that are saying Jay Gruden is reportedly the top candidate at this time for the Philly job. (Assuming Reid is fired on Monday). It’s also completely possible that he could interview for more than one job. What scares me more is the prospect of losing Zimmer. He’s in a class with a few other DCs. I guess the one good thing this isn’t just Zim’s D scheme. Lewis had a big hand in developing it too. But he’s going to have to groom the next DC for a couple seasons most likely. Unless we are lucky, and land a fired HC (ala Jack Del Rio to Denver last year), or rescue a DC from a bad previous job (ala Zimmer). The only HC that fits scenario #1 is Romeo Crennel. He would be a great fit but he may not be fired. Scenario #2 provides some good names. THere are going to be HCs fired this week, and a lot of their DCs will lose there jobs too. TO me the first obvious choice is former Bengal, and current Brown’s DC Dick Jauron. Jauron’s 4-3 scheme may be the closest thing to Zim’s in the NFL. Then there are 3 others…Former Bengal CB/DBs coach, and current Cardinal DC Ray Horton. Former Dungy protege and current Bears DC, Rod Marinelli. Then there is former Jim Johnson protege, and current Panthers DC Sean McDermott. It remains to be seen if any of these guys lose there job during the next few weeks. And it remains to be seen if Zimmer lands a HC job. But I can’t see it not happening. If it doesn’t we as fans are as lucky as he is unlucky. We will hear plenty in the coming weeks about teams interest in our coordinators. That’s one of the negatives to winning games.

  19. By mwindle1973 on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    @pirate…What a daunting task it seemed like for the team way back when we said they had to go 7-1 or 6-2 to make the playoffs. About the same time we were talking about how badly Maualuga was playing wondering if we would re-sign him this off season. Not only did we go 6-1, but Rey has stepped up and is playing the best football of his career. This season here may very well be Zimmer’s masterpiece on D. To me we can stand toe toe defensively with any team in the league right now. Hopefully we get a decent draw in the playoffs. I would prefer we go to Houston or Baltimore to play, than have to go to Denver or worse yet to NE.

  20. By bengalpirate on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    @Windy, Yeah, I’m still wearing my Maualuga jersey and he has played much better since early November.It’s quite a run they’ve had since losing to Denver, but I still think Rey and Vontaze Burfict have better games ahead of them. Early in the season, opposing teams were picking on our LBs, especially with Howard out. Now that Rey has lost weight and Burfict is in the lineup, both are playing very well. I still see an upside for both, though, as they both move towards playing with the “Eye of the Tiger.” We play Houston, but at this point, with the way our defense is playing, we can go to Houston, Denver, or even Foxboro and have a chance to win. DEFENSE!!!

  21. By bengalpirate on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations Bengals on a great 2nd half of the season and winning 7 out of your last 8 games!!! Now the next challenge is getting that elusive, first playoff victory since 1990. I have no real input, but my personal keys for the game in Houston I’d like to see happen is first, the offense must play smart, penalty free offense in a loud, boisterous stadium. They must also take into consideration wherever JJ Watt is coming at them from. Andy Dalton must throw the ball out of play, or run, if receivers are not open. No Pick 6’s. Special teams play must also keep to a minimum mistakes and not jump offside on kicks, or do dumb stuff like running into the kicker, or blocks to the back on returns. On defense, I look for the Texans to challenge the middle of our defense and our LBs, especially our LBs, as I don’t think they respect Rey yet and will try and trick Vontaze into rookie mistakes. If Rey and Vontaze can make some big hits and/or get some interceptions and cause some fumbles, I think that is a key for winning. I think the Texans see our LBs and safeties as weak points and will attack them early. This team has matured immensely since last year’s loss in Houston and can really make a big step in giving this team the identity that it deserves and is near earning with a victory. DEFENSE!!!

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