With a 2020 offseason that completely transformed the Bengals’ roster, there are a few names have fallen through the cracks and deserve more recognition.
Throughout free agency and the draft, the Cincinnati Bengals gained a plethora of new talent for fans to be hyped up about heading into the 2020 season. In free agency, the notoriously stingy front office had an uncharacteristic spending spree, adding big names on defense in D.J. Reader, Vonn Bell, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander. These moves have invigorated a whole new optimism among Bengals fans who feel their team is actively trying to win for the first time in ages.
After free agency, the draft provided even more optimism for fans. The biggest addition of all was Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the draft. While expectations for Burrow are sky-high among Bengals fans, the young quarterback from Athens was not the only exciting player drafted by Cincinnati. A.J. Green clone Tee Higgins was drafted in the second round, providing the Bengals with yet another wide receiver in what is one of the most dangerous groups in the entire NFL. Through the additions of Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither in the third and fourth rounds, the linebacker group was revamped as well.
While these additions are certainly reason for excitement among fans, the hype around these new players has caused other good players to be seemingly forgotten by many. These players may not be on the same level as a Burrow or a Reader, but they too have the talent to get fans excited for the outlook of the 2020 roster.