Last week, right before The Spring League was set to debut, we learned that Eric Dungey would no longer be at QB for the Blues. The former Dallas Renegades backup took to Twitter to announce that he had been invited to a Cincinnati Bengals minicamp. Due to this new obligation, he was forced to miss the upcoming TSL season.
I will not be playing this Friday in @TheSpringLeague as I have been invited to the @Bengals Mini Camp. Thankful for the opportunity and ready to get to work.
— Eric Dungey (@EricDungey) May 6, 2021
It seems that the gamble has paid off. Earlier this afternoon the Bengals have announced that they have signed Eric Dungey.
We’ve signed two free agents — QB Eric Dungey and TE Cheyenne O’Grady.
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— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) May 14, 2021
Eric Dungey is Syracuse’s all-time leader in career passing yards, second in completions and third in touchdown passes. He is one of the most productive quarterbacks in Orange history. Forced into action as a true freshman when veteran Terell Hunt got hurt, Dungey played with grit, toughness and determination.
He helped lead Syracuse to an upset over defending the defending national champion Clemson Tigers in the Dome in 2017. Dungey then led the Orange to a 10 win 2018 season capped by a Camping World Bowl win over West Virginia. Syracuse finished that season 10-3 and ranked 15th in the country in the final polls.
Dungey didn’t see much playing time during him time with the XFL, only securing 1-yard during the shortened season. It’s great to see him get a shot to move into the NFL and we hope to see him on the field one day.
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You can read the full press release below:
Bengals Sign QB Eric Dungey and TE Cheyenne O’Grady
The Bengals today signed two free agents — QB Eric Dungey and TE Cheyenne O’Grady. Both participated in the team’s rookie minicamp earlier today as tryout players.
Dungey (6-3, 226), a first-year player out of Syracuse University, originally was a college free agent signee of the N.Y. Giants in 2019. He later spent time on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, but did not see game action for either team. He was not with an NFL team in 2020.
O’Grady (6-4, 253), a rookie out of the University of Arkansas, spent five seasons (2015-19) at the University of Arkansas, with a redshirt year in ’15. He played in 26 career games for the Razorbacks, and caught 80 passes for 858 yards and 10 TDs. Although he was eligible for the draft in 2020, he has not previously signed with an NFL team and will thus be classified as a rookie.