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Bengals stay pat, but get their practice squad


Rookie running back Terrell Watson is staying as a member of the practice squad.

If the Bengals saw something they liked on the waiver wire Sunday, another team beat them to it because they made no changes to the roster they cut down to 53 players on Saturday.

And none of their undrafted rookies got claimed, so training camp standouts DeShawn Williams, a defensive tackle from Clemson, Azusa Pacific running back Terrell Watson, and Wisconsin-Whitewater wide receiver Jake Kumerow were signed to the 10-man practice squad.

The Bengals got the squad they roughed out before everyone hit waivers and added three more undrafted rookies in Eastern Kentucky tight end Matt Lengel, Nebraska linebacker Trevor Roach, and Oregon cornerback Troy Hill. Quarterback Keith Wenning, a first-year player from the Ravens who joined the Bengals just before training camp, also signed.

They loaded up with two offensive linemen that are in their second year with the club, guard-tackle Dan France and guard-center Trey Hopkins. France was on the practice squad last year while Hopkins was on injured reserve with a broken leg.

Running back James Wilder Jr., who has rushed for 161 yards on 39 carries (4.1 average) in the last two preseasons, also signed on for a second practice squad stint.

The Bengals waived Onterio McCalebb after three training camp experiments they tried him at two different spots, cornerback and wide receiver. Linebackers Marquis Flowers and Jayson DiManche cleared waivers and are now on the Bengals' season-ending injured reserve list.

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