Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players to Watch In 2016

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft (81) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft (81) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Tyler Kroft

Tyler Kroft was quiet all season long, until Tyler Eifert became limited due to concussion issues late in the season. Kroft showed us a preview of his potential if he is given the opportunity and the time to work with Andy Dalton.

This season is starting off in Kroft’s favor, as Eifert will most likely miss a majority of training camp. Kroft will get plenty of reps with Andy Dalton before the season, which will give them a better chance of finding each other in the regular season.

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Although Kroft’s role was limited in 2015, he still managed to accumulate some stats, some more promising than others. He finished the 2015 season with 11 catches for 129 yards on 14 targets, an 11.7 yards per catch average with 78.6% catch percentage, along with picking up his first touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in week 15 off A.J. McCarron.

Kroft is still young and entering his second season with the Bengals in 2016. He is still learning and developing into the role the Bengals are looking for him to fit into. A little more experience and trust building between Kroft and Dalton could be just what this duo needs.

The tight end match up between Eifert and Kroft is what the Bengals were looking for with Jermaine Gresham in 2013 and ’14, but ultimately didn’t work out then. They have a brand new opportunity to make it work in 2016. If Eifert and Kroft can stay healthy, this could be a dangerous tandem to cover for defenses and add another obstacle for teams to address against the Bengals.

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