On the eve of the opening of training camp, the Bengals made a few roster adjustments. This week, the team revealed that La’el Collins had been placed on the non-football injury list, along with center Alex Cappa, running back Samaje Perine, safety Brandon Wilson, defensive end Khalid Karem, and linebacker Joe Bachie.
Ahead of the rest Collins and Cappa are the most talked about. In the offseason, the Bengals worked to improve their offensive line, which was a weakness for the previous year. In order, Cappa and Ted Karras were the first to enter the building, with Collins following suit. A four-year, $35 million contract was reached for Cappa, while Collins obtained a three-year, $21 million agreement following his release from the Cowboys.’
On the right side of the offensive line, Cappa will play guard and Collins will play tackle. To ensure that Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and the rest of the squad’s skill players have enough time to receive the ball from Joe Burrow, the team will need these players on the field.
As a passing-down back for much of the season, Perine had a hand on the final play in the Super Bowl loss to Los Angeles Rams when Burrow threw the ball to him. Based on their comments on starting running back Joe Mixon, it appears Perine and/or Chris Evans will be back in that role in 2022.
What happens to Jessie Bates and the Bengals’ franchise tag might have a significant impact on Wilson’s role in the Bengals’ offense this season. Since joining the NFL, he’s largely played on special teams, but if Bates continues to hold out, he may have to do more than that. Last season, both Bachie and Kareem served as backups and could do so again this season.
Cappa was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, as the 94th overall pick. The Buccaneers acquired the Vikings’ third-round pick in exchange for their fourth-round pick (102nd overall) and their sixth-round pick (180th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
He was the 12th offensive tackle picked in 2018 and the highest drafted player from Humboldt State in the history of the college. In addition, he is Humboldt State’s 11th draft pick and the first since Freeman Baysinger in 1992 to be taken in the NFL Draft. Humboldt State’s football program was dissolved following the 2018 season, and Cappa is the final player picked from the school’s alumni.
Icon of a video the 94th overall pick goes to the Buccaneers with Alex Cappa being selected by them Including a $793,704 signing bonus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inked Cappa to a four-year, $3.36 million contract on May 13, 2018. All six of Cappa’s games as a rookie came in the last weeks of the regular season.
In the 2019 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Cappa made his first start of the year. Cappa sustained a broken left arm in the second quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints on October 6, 2019, but did not miss a snap.
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