The Bengals training camp is finally here. Fans will get to see a glimpse of the team’s future, in the coming days and weeks.
The Bengals training camp is finally here, the beginning of a new season. Camp isn’t only beneficial for the players but also for the fans. Fans are able to observe and track how specific players are performing and if someone’s doing well or not in practice. There will be a lot of things to watch in training camp, including rookies and the return of some young players like Andrew Billings and William Jackson III. There’s been a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball which will be exciting for the fans and even the coaches.
For the players, training camp can be the best and worst of both worlds. If you play badly and don’t perform up to expectations, you could be benched or–an even worse fate–cut from the team. If you play well and better than expected, you can look to get more snaps in games.
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The preseason is the first taste of NFL football for fans all around the world. Cincinnati will have their first game of the preseason on August 11, 2017. The preseason games are for non-starters and players on the edge of the roster to prove themselves. That happened with Alex Erickson, who showed amazing return ability in the preseason. This eventually forced the Bengals to cut Brandon Tate and keep the surprising Erickson instead.
The third preseason game is the most exciting, in my honest opinion, due to the starters playing more than one series. In the next to last game, starters could easily play a whole half of football. There are also downsides to the games, such as… injuries. Players getting hurt is one of the biggest reasons fans dislike these four games. Seeing your favorite player get injured in a meaningless game can be heartbreaking. A couple of seasons ago, Jordy Nelson of the Packers was sidelined for the whole season due to a knee injury in preseason.
Training camp and preseason are just prologues to the real action that is coming up. It can be exciting for fans to finally see football again after nearly 6-7 months of nothing. Including the upsides and downsides of training camp, I’m sure many fans can’t wait for the first snap of Bengals’ regular season to start.