Bengals: The 3 most intense training camp battles to watch for

Cincinnati Bengals, Bobby Hart (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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John Ross
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Cincinnati Bengals training camp battles: John Ross vs. Tee Higgins

The battle between John Ross and Tee Higgins impacts many more players outside the two of them. In fact, the entire future of the wide receiver room could depend on how the contest between this duo shakes out.

Ross, entering the last year of his rookie contract, will get his last chance to live up to his draft billing in stripes. If the speedy wideout expands on the flashes he’s shown, he could solidify himself as a star and give the Bengals no other choice but to keep him in orange and black.

Higgins, on the other hand, is just beginning his foray into the NFL. He has heavy expectations placed on his shoulders but is more than capable to live up to them.

Either way, the decision-makers will be keeping a close eye on the pair to determine what to do with A.J. Green in the long term. If they each prove worthy, perhaps the franchise will opt to have them man the outside spots, keep Boyd in the slot, and allow Green to walk in the future.

Make no mistake about it, both will get playing time because their skillsets are very unique when compared to one another. Still, one will likely hold an edge over the other, and how close the battle is will impact the future of the position heavily.