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Bengals officially announce Justin Rigg signing as mini-camp begins

Drew Franklin05/13/22

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Your Super Bowl runner-up Cincinnati Bengals began rookie mini-camp today at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields. Before the young Bengal cubs made their offseason practice debuts, the franchise officially announced all 16 undrafted free agent signings since the draft ended on April 30.

Among them, former University of Kentucky tight end Justin Rigg is the one tight end of the incoming class.

In Cincinnati, Rigg will compete in a crowded tight end room as the Bengals look to replace C.J. Uzomah, who left for the New York Jets in free agency. The Bengals signed Hayden Hurst to a one-year deal to be the new TE1 ahead of young and unproven talent in Drew Sample, Mitchell Wilcox, and Nick Eubanks, and now Rigg.

With uncertainty in the Bengals tight end future, it’s a great opportunity for the former Wildcat.

Rigg at Kentucky

During Rigg’s four-plus-one-more years in Lexington, he appeared in 63 games with 35 starts at tight end from 2019 to 2022. His best year was last year once Will Levis came to town and changed the way Kentucky’s offense operated. As a fifth-year super-senior, Rigg caught a career-high 20 passes (third on the team) for a career-high 189 yards with a career-high four touchdowns. Two of those TDs came on Senior Day.

Now that Rigg has moved on to his professional career, Freddie Maggard wrote, “How Kentucky Replaces the Cincinnati Bengal.”

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