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Bengals Pregame Hits: With Taylor-Britt Shelved, Another Rookie On-Deck For Young Secondary; Inactives


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ The Bengals like the depth in a young secondary that has drawn rave reviews this season.

More evidence surfaced before Monday night's game here against the Jaguars at EverBank Stadium in the wake of placing No. 1 cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt on injured reserve with what could be a season-ending ankle injury.

 The only practice squad move came at quarterback when they signed AJ McCarron to the active roster. No move at cornerback, where seventh-round pick DJ Ivey sits behind starters Chidobe Awuzie and another rookie, second-rounder DJ Turner. They've also been big fans of Jalen Davis backing up Mike Hilton in the slot for three years.

Ivey, who opened up eyes during an impressive training camp, has played just four snaps from scrimmage in five games. He's played in the last three games and has taken a total of 70 special teams snaps and has a tackle.

The Bengals also like their versatility back there. Hilton has roamed at safety at times this season and last year most of safety Dax Hill's rookie snaps came at slot cornerback.

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