The Cincinnati Bengals already have their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow, but it never hurts to bring another signal-caller into the building.
On Tuesday, the Bengals announced that they’ve signed quarterback Jake Browning to their practice squad. In order to make room for him, the team released punter Drue Chrisman.
Browning was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, throwing for 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns. Despite his accomplishments with the Huskies, he was undrafted in 2019.
After going undrafted in 2019, Browning signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He was cut on Aug. 31 before the deadline for final roster cuts.
Browning struggled in Minnesota’s preseason opener this year, as he had 31 passing yards and an interception against the Denver Broncos. He then followed up that performance with 82 passing yards against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Vikings ultimately decided to hand their No. 2 spot on the depth chart to Kellen Mond, which made Browning expendable.
Roster Update: We've signed QB Jake Browning to the practice squad and released P Drue Chrisman from the practice squad.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 7, 2021
At 25 years old, Browning may have a future in the NFL as a backup quarterback. However, he’ll have to work his way up the ladder if he wants to make an impact for the Bengals.
If Browning performs well on the practice squad, he could potentially compete with Brandon Allen to be Burrow’s backup. Of course, Burrow is entrenched as the starter in Cincinnati.