Bengals add 2 to practice squad

Aug 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) greets running back Brian Hill (38) in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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Brian Hill‘s run with the Atlanta Falcons did not last through his rookie season despite the franchise using a fifth-round pick on the Wyoming product. However, the Cincinnati Bengals are going to gauge his NFL capabilities.

The Bengals signed the running back to the team’s practice squad on Tuesday while also adding cornerback Sojourn Shelton to the same squad. The team also released rookie linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. from the 10-man unit.

Hill declared for the NFL Draft early out of Wyoming but stayed on the board until the fifth round. He played in one NFL game, landing on the team with possibly the best running back situation in the league, and also spent time on Atlanta’s practice squad. The Falcons signed Hill to that unit last month but cut ties with him soon after.

The Bengals just placed fellow running backJeremy Hill on injured reserve and already had Cedric Peerman on the same list, so the practice squad newcomer supplies some depth. Only rookie Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are on the team’s active roster at running back.

Shelton previously resided on Cincinnati’s taxi squad, but the team released him from it in late October. He went to training camp with the Arizona Cardinals but landed on the Bengals’ practice squad after the Cardinals cut him. In between Bengals stays, Shelton — an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin — worked out for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans.

Also a rookie, Nickerson has more NFL experience than the players the Bengals are bringing in and is the son of stalwart NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson.

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