happened to former players during 53-man roster cuts? – Bengals Wire

By now, Cincinnati Bengals fans know all about what the team did with its final 53-man roster and practice squad before the season opener.
But what about former Bengals?
Some notable former Bengals had some interesting things happen with other teams, so let’s take a quick look at some of those.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) pushes off on guard Michael Jordan (60) during training camp at the Paul Brown Stadium practice field in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp
After missing the cut with the Bengals despite entering training camp as the first guard on the depth chart, Jordan got claimed on waivers by the Carolina Panthers. He’ll get to attempt a career turnaround there by competing for a starting role.
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Austin Seibert (3) kicks off during a mini camp practice inside of Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Cincinnati Bengals Mini Camp
After losing the roster battle to rookie Evan McPherson, Seibert got claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions. Those Lions had cut both kickers while reaching the 53-player mark, so he’ll have the job.
Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams (36) leans against the goal posts before the NFL preseason game between Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Cincinnati Bengals New York Giants
The veteran safety signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason but failed to make the final roster at cutdowns. He’s 30 and should latch on somewhere, though.
Dec 6, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) stiff arms Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt (70) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Hunt was another cut in Arizona alongside Williams. He had three solid years in Indianapolis from 2017-1029 before splitting time last year between New Orleans and a return to Cincinnati, then signed with Arizona this summer.
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Randy Bullock (4) kicks in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland. The Browns won 35-30. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Bullock was one of two kickers, the other Zane Gonzalez, cut by Detroit before the team made a move to claim Seibert on waivers.
Oct 14, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Darqueze Dennard (21) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The former Bengals first-round pick played eight games in Atlanta last year and signed with Arizona this offseason. But as the Cardinals searched for ways to reach 53, they placed Dennard on injured reserve.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Bobby Hart (68) cools off between drills during a training camp practice at the Paul Brown Stadium practice field in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp
Hart found work with the Buffalo Bills about a week after the Bengals cut him back in March. But a rough preseason translated to those Bills cutting him loose during final cuts.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (11) runs in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland. The Browns won 35-30. (AP Photo/David Richard)
The ninth pick in the 2017 draft wasn’t brought back by the Bengals this offseason and ended up making the final 53 with the New York Giants. But a hamstring injury prevented him from playing much in camp and the preseason, so he’ll start the year on injured reserve.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Antonio Phillips stretches during an NFL football rookie minicamp in Cincinnati, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
The Bengals paid some good money to secure Phillips as an undrafted free agent this summer. But the Houston Texans lured him to town with a practice squad spot after final cuts.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith (71) signs autographs for fans during Cincinnati Bengals training camp practice, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at the practice fields next to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Aug 3
Cincinnati’s sixth overall pick in 2009 latched on with the Baltimore Ravens after opting out of last season. But he wound up as one of the team’s cuts.
Aug 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Damion Willis (9) catches a pass during warm ups before a game against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
A popular undrafted free agent who actually got starter reps, Willis joined the Denver Broncos in May but was one of the team’s cuts at the end of the month.
Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Josh Bynes (56) reacts after a defensive stop in the first quarter during an NFL Week 12 football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
New York Giants At Cincinnati Bengals Nov 29
An important veteran presence for the Bengals last year, Bynes joined the Carolina Panthers this offseason but wound up cut at final cuts.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross completes a catch as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback KeiVarae Russell, right, defends during Cincinnati Bengals organized team activities next to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
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Russell spent three years with the Bengals from 2016-2018 and this offseason was one of the final cuts by the New Orleans Saints.
Jul 27, 2017; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) shown on the field during training camp at the Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
We’re mostly including this one for fun. Takk was a member of the Bengals for about a week last year after they claimed him on the waiver wire. He failed a physical, reverted to the wire, got claimed by San Francisco, then failed his physical there, too. Then he went to Las Vegas and went on injured reserve. Fast forward to this summer, he signed with the Cleveland Browns and made the final roster.
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