Both Chris Matthews and DeQuin Evans were cut earlier today as NFL teams prepare for the regular season. Matthews, former Kentucky WR, was signed as an undrafted free agent to the Cleveland Browns and was considered a long shot to make the roster this year. Still, he impressed some with his quiet demeanor and his work ethic, especially considering the type of WR’s the Browns are used to having. Matthews was cut along with 16 other players as the Browns attempt to solidify their roster for the season.
Evans was also signed as an undrafted free agent to the Cincinnati Bengals, and was reportedly released earlier today. Evans had a disappointing senior year at Kentucky, never quite developing into the player most believed he would, but came on in the NFL preseason with two sacks and a forced fumble to lead the team. Still, making a 53 man roster is tough to do even in Cincinnati, so while he will likely end up with a team at some point in the future, it won’t be the Bengals and it won’t be this year.
Which brings us to the obvious conclusion – does either one of them still have any eligibility left?
(UPDATE: Yes, I’ve heard the mentions that Evans’ facebook says he made the Bengals. I don’t know about that, I’m not a facebook friend of his. But the reports around the organization claim he was cut. Of course, if he says he made it, I believe him, I just can’t confirm it.)
One friend confirmation later and I can bring you this…
So it looks like the reports were wrong and Evans did make the Bengals. Congratulations to the former Cat, and I promise to spell Cincinnati right in the future.