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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline (83) is brought down by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw (26) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Secondary’s Future is in Good Hands

If you watched the game, Josh Shaw and

Troy Hill

both had solid games, and with a little more development, could be a future core that Bengals fans were hoping for.

The Bengals could see other Leon Hall and/or Adam Jones walk as free agents after this season, but with Dre Kirkpatrick signed for one more year and Darqueze Dennard for another two, the Bengals will need to find a future in their depth at corner. Sunday proved the Bengals have a future and it might not be as concerning as many people thought, looking into the free agent list after 2015.

Shaw, before his injury, played 22 snaps and finished with five solo tackles. Troy Hill, who was signed off the practice squad this week, made an even bigger impression with two tackles and one assist in his NFL debut. Even though Hill’s numbers looked mediocre in comparison to Shaw, he was quick to catch up with the play of league and was solid in coverage.

The hope is for Shaw and Leon Hall to be ready to go on Sunday, but if either or both are out, Troy Hill has the capability to hang with Marcus Wheaten if need be. If he proves good again, he could be on his way to a regular roster spot.

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