Bengals waive backup quarterback Jeff Driskel

Fourth-year player takes injury settlement
Posted at 4:55 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 17:10:54-04

CINCINNATI — Jeff Driskel saw the handwriting on the wall during training camp.

The quarterback who started the last five games for the Bengals last year was so desperate to make this year's team that he offered to take snaps at wide receiver and even on special teams.

When he got hurt and landed on the Reserve/Injured before the season started - and when the Bengals kept undrafted QB Jake Dolegala - Driskel's fate was decided.

The Bengals waived the fourth-year player with an injury settlement on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old from Louisiana Tech was the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback last year and saw his first NFL action after Andy Dalton suffered a season-ending injury in the 10th game. But he had a 1-4 record as a starter and lost the backup job to fourth-round pick Ryan Finley in training camp.

Driskel had quarterback rating of 82.2 and a Total QBR of 33.3 last season. He threw six touchdown passes and only two interceptions in 176 attempts and rushed 25 yards for 130 yards.

Driskel joined the Bengals on waivers from the 49ers in 2016 and played in nine career games for Cincinnati.