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4 Takeaways from the Bengals’ Win Over the Bears

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Jake Fisher #74 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to stiff-arm Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers while carrying the ball during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Jake Fisher #74 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to stiff-arm Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers while carrying the ball during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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The rookies will not see much playing time in 2018

Aside from Billy Price, who will start out of necessity at center, I don’t expect any of the Bengals’ rookies to get much playing time in their first season. Jessie Bates II, the Bengals’ second round pick, saw a lot of snaps yesterday, and played well. He recorded 3 tackles and looked comfortable – however, he’s stuck behind two established veterans for this season. Bates may get to play in some packages, but not as a starter.

Aside from Bates, the other rookies looked a little rough. Sam Hubbard played limited snaps and looked fine, but didn’t surpass any other pass rushers on the depth chart. Malik Jefferson (#45) looked a little lost at times and Mark Walton was fairly inefficient – both could be inactives for the Bengals this year.

Davontae Harris led the team in tackles, but he still needs to make up for a rough camp to this point. Similarly, Darius Phillips had a good game returning the ball, but has to prove that he can be an impact defender as well. Auden Tate, of course, played great, but he is still stuck behind the other phenomenal wide receivers. Overall, it looks like the rookies just won’t get on the field all that much this season.

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