Thursday's Preseason game as important as any for earning roster spots

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May 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports



When looking at potential roster bubble players who figure to play Thursday, Geoff Hobson pointed out offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, defensive tackle Brandon Thompson, and even speculates the fullback battle between Orson Charles and John Conner could come down to who performs the best in Thursday’s game. 

It seems crazy to think the Bengals would cut their 2012 thirds and fourth-rounders in Thompson and Charles in one year, but when you have as much talent as the Bengals have from top to bottom, these are the kind of difficult decisions that sometimes have to be made. Still, expect to see both of them on the roster when the season opens in Chicago. September 8th.

 “We’ve had guys each year play their way onto the team; that’s the fun of the preseason,” Lewis said of the finale. “No way it’s a throwaway game. You’ve made decisions, but the final decisions haven’t been made because you don’t have to yet.”



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