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O’Sullivan Out, Lefevour in; Practice Squad Shaping Up

At least for now, it looks like Carson Palmer’s top back-up at quarterback will be his younger brother, Jordan.

The Bengals made the move many fans expected today with the release of QB J.T. O’Sullivan.  The journeyman was unable to piece together a single touchdown scoring drive during the preseason, despite getting the most snaps, several of which with first teamers. Looking tentative and without confidence, O’Sullivan made poor decisions in the pocket and was erratic in his passing.

The younger Palmer will now be #2 on the depth chart.

O’Sullivan’s roster spot was filled with the waiver claim of QB Dan Lefevour.  The rookie from Central Michigan was a sixth-round pick of the Bears and was ticketed to their practice squad had he cleared waivers.  At 6-3 and 230 pounds, Lefevour possesses the kind of size the Bengals like, and he brings a record breaking pedigree with over 12,000 passing yards and 102 touchdown passes as a collegian.  Bengals.com reported that Lefevour was heavily scouted by QB coach Ken Zampese prior to the draft.

Lefevour assumes the role of #3 quarterback and will immediately be immersed in the playbook.

The need for a quality back-up quarterback was widely known and discussed in the Bengal blogosphere, but most of the speculation had centered around for USC Heisman winner Matt Leinart.  As of this writing, Leinart has yet to find a home, and may yet be signed after week one when veteran salaries no longer become guaranteed.

In other news, the Bengals announced seven of their eight practice squaders:  TE Chase Coffman, G Otis Hudson, DT Clinton McDonald, S Jeromy Miles, S Rico Murray, LB Vincent Rey and FB Joe Tronzo.

I’m mildly surprised Coffman cleared waivers, and the team will be given more time the man who was the most prolific tight end in NCAA history.  The final spot on the squad appears to be held for Dez Briscoe, who apparently cleared waivers but has yet to decide his future. Briscoe and Coffman were both highly regarded by many fans and team observers.  In fact, I thought there was a good possibility both would make the team.

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