Bengals Add Four To The Fold, One To The Practice Squad As Jayson DiManche Returns

The Bengals sign LB Jayson DiManche to the practice squad, and sign PK Zach Hocker, LB Dezmond Johnson and S Floyd Raven to reserve/future contracts.

The Bengals made a roster move on Tuesday, signing linebacker Jayson DiManche to the practice squad, where he replaces Trevor Roach, who was signed to the 53-man roster this week after linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was placed on injured reserve.

The undrafted DiManche has played in 28 games for the Bengals, all in 2013-14, and one playoff game. He was the only 2013 undrafted college free agent signee to make the Bengals' season-opening roster. He totaled 13 tackles on defense, 15 on special teams in two seasons.

He posted a team-leading 14 special teams tackles, a special teams forced fumble and a blocked punt as a 2013 rookie. He made his first career start Oct. 19, 2013, at Indianapolis, replacing Lamur, who was injured.

DiManche was waived by the Bengals in September and later signed with Cleveland, where he played in one game before being sent to the Browns' practice squad. Cleveland released him last Thursday.

DiManche's first stint in Cincinnati ended when was put on season-ending injured reserve after breaking his forearm in the Bengals' win in Tampa Bay last season. He opened 2015 training camp with the Bengals but suffered a preseason knee injury and was placed on injured reserve before eventually being cut with an injury settlement. He then joined Cleveland, where he was signed and released several times.

The Bengals signed three others to future contracts that take effect Feb. 8 toward the 2016 roster. Signed were kicker Zach Hocker, linebacker Dezmond Johnson and safety Floyd Raven. They will join the Bengals' 90-man offseason roster once the Bengals' season ends.

Raven is the only one of the three futures signings with previous experience in Cincinnati. Hocker is the only one with previous NFL regular-season experience.

Raven joined the Bengals as a college free agent out of Texas A&M, and spent the preseason in Cincinnati before being waived. After his release, he spent time on the New England practice squad.

The Bengals first saw Hocker when he kicked for St. Louis against the Bengals in the regular-season game against the Rams. A Washington seventh-round draft pick in 2014 out of Arkansas, he converted an extra-point kick in the contest against the Bengals. In two games with St. Louis and six with New Orleans, he finished 10-for-14 on field goals, a 71.4-percent rate. He made 61 of 79 field-goal attempts (77.2 percent) in four years at Arkansas.

Johnson, a college free agent signee by Tennessee, was with the Titans in preseason before being cut. The former Duke standout was out of the league until Tuesday's Bengals signing. In 48 games over four years as a defensive end at Duke, he totaled 7.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 86 tackles.


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