Undrafted free agent rookie running back Pooka Williams turned some heads at Cincinnati Bengals training camp, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to make the 53-man roster.
The Bengals are releasing Williams, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. That doesn’t mean the former Kansas star’s time with the franchise is done, however.
Pelissero reports that the team has interest in stashing Williams on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Teams can begin building their taxi squads tomorrow.
The #Bengals are waiving rookie RB Pooka Williams, per source. They want him back on the practice squad if he clears.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
Williams, who posted 1,000-yard rushing seasons at KU in 2018 and 2019, joined the Bengals in May. His chances to make the team in training camp were hampered by a recent hamstring injury.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Williams only carried one time for eight yards in the preseason, but drew compliments from Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan late last month for his efforts working as a hybrid running back/slot receiver.
“He’s a slight build guy, so it’s hard to give him a full share and a bunch of carries because running backs don’t look like that very often,” Callahan said. “But he’s got an interesting skillset. He’s got great quickness. He’s got good acceleration and good burst. So we’re trying to find where he might fit best for us.
The deadline to get down to initial 53-man rosters is 4 p.m. ET today.
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