Hawkinson on Cincy's 53-man roster

By Steve Sell
August 31, 2014

CINCINNATI — McPherson native Tanner Hawkinson showed the Cincinnati Bengals enough during the preseason to remain on the team’s roster for the start of the 2014 campaign.

Hawkinson will be entering his second year with the Bengals after being active for five games last year, getting into one.

Making the Bengals’ roster is quite a feat, considering their offensive line is regarded as one of the best in the NFL. It was thought that coach Marvin Lewis was going to keep 10 offensive lineman, but when the final list was posted, there were only nine.

Hawkinson, who started 48 straight games during his four-year career with the Kansas Jayhawks, has the ability to play multiple positions, which probably gave him an advantage over some of the other contenders. He was in a battle with former Kansas City Chief Will Svitek, who was among the Bengals’ final cuts.