October 31, 2014

Hudson Added to the Practice Squad

As expected, the Bengals added OG Otis Hudson to the practice squad after he cleared waivers Friday.  Hudson, a 5th-round pick in 2010 draft had been developing nicely under offensive line coach Paul Alexander, and the team hoped he wouldn’t be snatched up by another team, particularly with so many having offensive line woes this year.  As reported earlier in the week, the Bengals begrudgingly waived the second-year player to allow starting right guard Bobbie Williams back onto the roster.

Having gotten their wish, the Bengals released DT Jason Shirley from the practice squad to make room.  Shirley, a 5th-round pick in the 2008 draft was one of the stories of the 2009 Hard Knocks series, as he moved from DT to OT.  He was later moved back to defense but as yet has been unable to live up to the potential of his 6-5, 345 pound frame.

NFL rules stipulate that any player can be signed off of any team’s practice squad, so long as the signing team puts the player on their 53-man active roster.