Bengals think recent CB waiver wire add swill play huge role late

The Cincinnati Bengals have quietly been pretty busy in recent weeks, adding to the cornerback room courtesy of the waiver wire.

The Bengals first claimed Tre Flowers and immediately got a big performance from him on the field during a game. Not long after, the team then used waivers to also add Vernon Hargreaves at the same position.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor says this isn’t a reaction to play by the likes of Eli Apple with Trae Waynes out either — it’s more about having depth for those key months late in the season, as he told Geoff Hobson of

“I think what’s smart is we’ve added veteran corner experience and anyone who’s been around this league long enough knows that in November, December, Jnauary, that’s going to pay dividends having a lot guys there for a variety of reasons. So it’s good to get some guys who have played ball in the NFL before.”

These are the sort of moves a team with playoff hopes makes, of course. Corner hasn’t been the best spot for the defense this year (Apple has a 46.4 PFF grade so far), but it’s also one that indeed requires huge amounts of depth as a season progresses.

And while Flowers and Hargreaves haven’t had the most success elsewhere lately, it says a lot that Flowers already had a good showing. Plus, these Bengals are pretty good at getting a lot out of castoffs, with B.J. Hill’s superb performance being the best example.