Like the rest of what turned out to be a pedestrian Cutdown Weekend, the Bengals' final roster move heading into the week of preparation for next Sunday's opener (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) against the Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium came as no surprise.
Cornerback Trae Waynes, who tore his pectoral muscle before he stepped on the field last month, went to injured reserve Monday and was replaced on the roster by four-year veteran cornerback Torry McTyer. Waynes is eligible to return after three weeks, but since he reportedly underwent surgery less than a month ago if he does return it probably won't be until the second half of the season.
As the dust settled Sunday, head coach Zac Taylor has a more experienced team that is slightly older than his first one that began last season. The Bengals' average age for this Opening Day is 25.5 compared to last year's 25.2.
And free agency back in March did the job. The Bengals now average 4.5 years of NFL experience compared to the 4.09 they took into the opener at Seattle.
It was thought the Bengals would be looking for big defensive tackles and cornerbacks as they went on the waiver wire Saturday with the No. 1 claim. But they only emerged with Dolphins back-up guard Shaq Calhoun and there were plenty of reasons.
There were 320 fewer players released compared to last year, when 36 players were claimed. Only 17 players were claimed Sunday, the impact of opt-outs, injuries and no pre-season tape. Particularly hard hit was the defensive line, a spot that had about 15 opt-outs.
McTyer, who had been released on Saturday, played five games for the Bengals last season after they picked him off the Chiefs' practice squad late in September to help a secondary devastated by injury. He's one of six corners and it's unclear if all are going to be active for the Chargers.