The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that they have added to their depleted tight end group by signing free agent Matt Sherry of Villanova.
As a sixth-round pick last year, Sherry spent the season on injured reserve after his shoulder got injured in the preseason. Afterwards the Bengals waived him on June 20.
It was necessary for the Bengals to sign Sherry because they were down to a pair of inexperienced tight ends. Starter Reggie Kelly had surgery on a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Wednesday, On the same day, reserves Ben Utecht was taken to a local hospital for observation overnight after he suffered a concussion from helmet-to-helmet contact during practice, and Daniel Coats sprained an ankle in practice. The Bengals had to release Utecht. They are now expecting Coats to be back in one week.