Cincinnati Bengals: The 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts of 2014

5 Most Surprising Cincinnati Bengals Roster Cuts of 2014

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The Cincinnati Bengals are all ready for the 2014 season. With the roster now trimmed down to 53 players, the tension that is thick in the August air is gone. But there were some surprising cuts that the Bengals made, and here they are.

5. Victor Hampton

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5. Victor Hampton

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The South Carolina product scared would-be drafters away in May because of his baggage as a distraction in college, but there’s no doubt that the guy can pay. That the Bengals didn’t go with Hampton over another, older troublemaker in Adam Jones is worthy of a head scratch.

4. LaKendrick Ross

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4. LaKendrick Ross

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At 6-foot-5, 365 pounds, Ross is a physically intimidating presence on the interior of the defensive line. His dunking ability indicates that he has the athleticism to make it in the NFL, possibly as Geno Atkins’ replacement. He should land on the practice squad.

3. Will Svitek

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3. Will Svitek

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The former Patriot was a shoo-in to make the team in many projected rosters, and with good reason. Svitek has been in the league since 2005, but he has more knowledge of blocking schemes than he has wear and tear.

2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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The NFL is a harsh place for running backs who are even in the general vicinity of 30 years old. While not a complete shock, this was a somewhat surprising move on the Bengals’ part because of Green-Ellis’ experience. However, he has lost four fumbles in the past two seasons after never turning the ball over in New England.

1. Danieal Manning

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1. Danieal Manning

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Although Manning’s age certainly worked against him during training camp, he has great special teams value and was a respected leader on the team despite being a newcomer. Look for Manning to land on his feet and find a new home in the next few weeks.


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