The Cincinnati Bengals activated tight end Jermaine Gresham, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, wide receiver Marvin Jones, defense tackle Zach Minter and receiver Ryan Whalen Monday. All were on the physically unable to perform list, except for Jones, who was on the non-football injury list.
All were on the physically unable to perform list, except for Jones, who was on the non-football injury list.
Gresham, a former Pro Bowl tight end, missed Bengals organized team activities this offseason while recovering from hernia surgery. Gresham made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012, but saw his numbers dip last year after the team used a 2013 first-round pick on tight end Tyler Eifert. Last season Gresham caught 46 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns, all career lows.
Whitworth has started 88 of a possible 90 games the last five seasons with the Bengals. The six-foot-seven, 325-pound left tackle made the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season. In 2011, Whitworth signed a two-year, $19.5 million extension with $10 million guaranteed that tacked onto his existing contract, keeping him in Cincinnati through the 2015 season. He has spent all eight of his pro seasons with Cincinnati.
Jones had a breakout season in 2013, catching 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a 122-yard, four-score game against the New York Jets in Week Eight. The 24-year-old receiver was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft. Jones injured his ankle this offseason at the passing camp organized by quarterback Andy Dalton.
Minter appeared in two games last season with the Chicago Bears before signing with the Bengals. Whalen has spent all three of his pro seasons in Cincinnati.
- Alex Hampl