The Bengals claimed three players Sunday and cut three. Here are three quick thoughts on the players they claimed:
1) Brandon Tate – Tate should immediately become the team’s starting kick returner and may handle punt returns as well. He returned two kicks for a touchdown last season (one against the Bengals) and averaged over 15 yards per catch, the standard for a good deep threat. He’s worth keeping at the expense of Quan Cosby because he’s more explosive and a better option as a backup receiver.
2) Mike McGlynn – Since I’m not a professional scout, I don’t know much about McGlynn, but he started 16 games last season and is capable of playing both guard and center. Plus, he was claimed by a handful of other teams according to Joe Reedy, indicating he has some talent. He’s a candidate to start immediately in the wake of Bobbie Williams’ suspension.
3) Mickey Shuler – Shuler is more of a blocking specialist who probably won’t figure much into the passing game. He’ll be a better run-blocker than Chase Coffman, which is important in the Bengals offense. He most likely will start the season ahead of Colin Cochart on the offensive depth chart.