Cincinnati Bengals: Top Five Training Camp Battles

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Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates his run for a touchdown in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

James Wilder, Jr. vs. Terrell Watson

The Bengals running backs are set for this season. The four running backs that will make the 53-man roster are Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard (also known as Nuke & Juke), Rex “All Purpose” Burkhead and special teams ace Cedric Peerman. You may ask then how is this an important camp battle?

Well, because as we all witnessed last year, injuries are part of the game and you never know when or who will fall victim to the injury bug. Last year,  Giovani Bernard went down and Jeremy Hill stepped in beautifully. Although Cincinnati may have the best running back core since 89′-90′ (Cincinnati’s last Super Bowl run), what happens if one or both go down?

James Wilder, Jr. or Terrell Watson will be brought up from the practice squad and will be given significant snaps. The player that would be “brought up” in such a circumstance is the one who wins this camp battle.

Wilder was part of a three-headed running back by committee attack while he attended Florida State. He was the power of the group. Much like Jeremy Hill, Wilder runs North to South with power! The bad thing about this camp battle is that Watson is the same type of back who fights for every yard. The winner of this camp battle will be placed on the practice squad in case Jeremy Hill gets injured.

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