The Bengals second preseason game is upon us and it is an important one for the guys trying to make the 75 man cut and stay on the depth chart. The upcoming game tonight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t see much of the 1st teams or roster locks, as they typically wait until preseason game three to play an extended amount of time. So for the last half of the roster, preseason game two could be their last chance to make an impression on the coaches in a game before he 75 man cut on September 1st.
There seems to be battles at about every position, even backup quarterback, where AJ McCarron needs to show the team something in the form of a game. There are some un-drafted free agents making there push to stay with the team a little longer with a strong showing in game one. A couple of Vets trying to keep there spots away from the younger guys will have to show that there experience gives them the edge. So here is a prediction of what the Bengals roster will look like after the first round of cuts on September 1st.
Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates with running back Giovani Bernard (25) after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Quarterback – Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron, Josh Johnson
Running Back – Jeremey Hill, Giovani Bernard, Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead, James Wilder Jr., Terrell Watson
Fullback – Ryan Hewitt, Mark Wiesman
Wide Receiver – AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mohammad Sanu, Mario Alford, Brandon Tate, Jake Kumerow, Greg Little, Denarius Moore, Desmond Lawrence
Tight End – Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, CJ Uzomah, Matt Lengel, John Peters
Offensive line – Andrew Whitworth, Clint Boling, Russell Bodine, Kevin Zielter, Andre Smith, Jake Fisher, Eric Winston, Dan France, Tanner Hawkinson, TJ Johnson, Matt O’Donnell, Trey Hopkins