Bengals: 4 best-kept secrets on Cincinnati’s current roster

Justin Fried
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The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to find a lot more success in 2021 fresh off a 4-11-1 campaign a year ago.

Though they’re set to face one of the hardest schedules in the NFL, the hope is that a returning Joe Burrow combined with a number of notable offseason additions will be enough to get this team over the proverbial hump.

After all, it’s hardly been smooth sailing for the franchise over the last few years.

After a two-win season in 2019, the Bengals responded by winning just four games the following season including a 2-10-1 start.

Both the offensive and defensive lines were a mess. Injuries took their toll. And an unproven coaching staff headed by the young Zac Taylor certainly received its fair share of criticisms.

Despite all of that, a number of players have managed to fly under the radar. Perhaps as a direct result of the Bengals’, to put it bluntly, irrelevancy, these players haven’t received due recognition for their success.

Now, we’re not just talking about underrated players here. So for guys like Jessie Bates and Tyler Boyd who remain far too underrated around the NFL, they don’t necessarily apply.

This list is reserved for the “best-kept secrets” on the roster. And while Bates and Boyd might be undervalued, it’s safe to say that the secret is already out on each of them.

Let’s take a look at the four best-kept secrets on the Bengals’ roster.

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