Tyler Wilson: Bengals bring in former Arkansas QB to add depth, healthy arm at spot

The Bengals have decided to bring in another arm to help them to prepare for the regular season and stay as healthy as possible heading into the season opener.

On Saturday, the Bengals announced they've signed free-agent quarterback Tyler Wilson . The 2013 draft pick is now the fifth QB on the Cincinnati roster, joining starter Andy Dalton, projected backup Jason Campbell, 2014 draft pick AJ McCarron and Matt Scott.

Wilson, a former standout at Arkansas, will wear No. 9 in Cincinnati as he likely competes for a place on the team's practice squad. He's also a healthy arm, something the Bengals need due to several injuries at the position.

Campbell reportedly suffered a deep bruise on his throwing arm in Thursday night's 41-39 loss to the Chiefs. The journeyman quarterback is not expected to do much this week and may not even play next Saturday against the Jets at Paul Brown Stadium.

Head coach Marvin Lewis told Bengals.com that Campbell should be OK for a full return to practice next week. But he couldn't confirm as much when it comes to McCarron, who has yet to practice in training camp due to tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Although the Alabama product's arm is starting to feel better, McCarron, who some expected to push Campbell for the No. 2 QB spot, has no idea when he will be cleared to rejoin teammates on the field.

Wilson entered the NFL in 2013 as a fourth-round draft choice by the Oakland Raiders. He spent the that preseason with team, completing 11 of 18 passing attempts for 93 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound signal-caller stayed on the team's practice squad from Weeks 1-10 of the regular season before being moved to the game roster for Weeks 11-12. He returned to the practice squad for Weeks 13-15 and was then signed by the Tennessee Titans for the remainder of the regular season.

Wilson opened 2014 with Tennessee but was waived on Aug. 6, giving him a chance to come in and compete for a spot with the Bengals.

In the preseason opener, three of Cincinnati's QBs took the field during parts the game in Kansas City. 

Scott (7-for-11, 66 yards, 2 TDs) and Campbell (6-for-15, 72 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) took the majority of the snaps for the orange and black in Kansas City, while Dalton (3-for-5, 71 yards) played only a couple of series. Not unexpectedly, McCarron didn't play at all.

Saturday's signing of Wilson isn't the only move made by the Bengals in the past few days.

On Friday, the team announced it had released second-year DT Zach Minter of Montana State, rookie WR Jeremy Johnson of Southern Methodist and first-year WR Conner Vernon of Duke. Vernon caught a TD pass late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's loss.

The moves are the first of many that will take place this preseason as the Bengals work to trim their roster to 54 players before their regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 7.

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