Bengals sign three try-out players

Posted May 14, 2018

Florida State wide receiver Auden Tate signed his rookie deal Monday.

The Bengals signed three try-out players who are all college free agents after last weekend’s rookie minicamp. In order to make room Monday they cut third-year safety Robenson Therezie and a pair of first-year players that participated in the camp, guard Oni Omoile and tight end Scott Orndoff.

They also signed seventh-rounder Auden Tate, the Florida State wide receiver, giving them eight draft picks in the fold. The three remaining unsigned rookies are first-round center Billy Price and both third-rounders, defensive end Sam Hubbard and linebacker Malik Jefferson.

A look at the three newest Bengals:

S Tyrice Beverette, Stony Brook 6-0 203; Age: 23; Hometown, Lakewood, N.J.

Arrived for last weekend’s rookie minicamp straight from tryout with Jets … Two-time all-league player … Had team-high 96 tackles last season … Ran 4.65 40, jumped 10-feet-2 in broad jump with 36-inch vertical at pro day where he felt he showed he’s more than box safety. THE SKINNY: Of all try-out players Bengals invited last weekend, may have been their highest-rated … They like how physical played on tape and brought along his signature high-energy and high-effort with good movement to earn another look …

C Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State 6-3 295; Age: 22; Hometown: Argyle, Texas

After getting cut by Seattle following last week’s rookie minicamp (as did former Bengals backer Paul Dawson), hooked on for tryout here at last minute and took most of the snaps … True to his M.O. … Walked on before 2015 season, won job and was three-year starter for Cowboys’ high-powered offense … Also has impressive resume off field … Member of NCAA Autonomy Governance Committee as one of only three student-athlete representatives from Big 12 … Fellowship of Christian Athletes speaker … visits local police officers as member of Athletes in Action. THE SKINNY: Four Bengals assistants saw him when they coached in the East-West Shrine Game. He impressed them last weekend playing all three inside spots while picking up things quickly. A tad undersized but they thought he moved well.

DT Chris Okoye, Ferris State 6-5 325; Age: 21; Hometown: Novi, Mich.

Invited to 2018 College Gridiron Showcase … earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last season with 25 total stops … Added two tackles for loss for one of Division II’s top defenses … helped Ferris to fourth straight 11-win season and fourth consecutive playoff … THE SKINNY: Big bodied guy caught attention of coaches on first day … NFL size and strength … Repped 225 pounds 23 times at pro day … Age, size, and strength give him upside at a spot Bengals lack a major-league sized run-stopper …

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