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Lynch, Pressley, Shirley on practice squad

Updated: 2:55 p.m.

The Bengals went looking for a cornerback and/or a blocking tight end on the waiver wire Sunday morning and saw nothing that made them want to change the 53-man roster.

That doesn't mean they didn't see a veteran that interested them (tight end Leonard Pope?), but they most likely won't sign a vested veteran until after Opening Day. Teams try to avoid that because salaries are not guaranteed starting Sept. 14.

But the Bengals were able to get back a lot of players they wanted to put on their practice squad after they cleared waivers, led by safety Corey Lynch and fullback Chris Pressley. The only player waived who wasn't eligible for the practice squad, safety Marvin White, got picked up by the Cowboys.

Also on the squad is veteran running back James Johnson, who had a 40-yard touchdown called back Thursday night, as well as Clinton McDonald, a sixth-round defensive tackle.

A draft pick from 2008, fifth-rounder Jason Shirley, continues his development from defensive to offense as a guard, and wide receiver Maurice Purify's close call got him to the squad for a second straight year. Rookie free agent tight end Darius Hill and rookie free agent linebacker Dan Skuta also made it.

The stories of Lynch and Pressley have been well documented this camp. After making the team last year as a sixth-rounder, Lynch couldn't convince the coaches he was playing aggressively and physically enough from scrimmage and on special teams.

After not seeing much time in the spring camps and the early part of training camp, Pressley, a free agent out of Wisconsin, blossomed as a physical blocker out of the fullback spot. Enough so that the Bengals opted not to sign their seventh-round fullback, Fui Vakapuna.

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