As training camp inches closer, rosters and position battles begin to take their shape. This season is crucial for the Cincinnati Bengals in order to prove that they’re on the right track and building this team the right way.
There are at least six players who could be on their last straw in Cincinnati. If they play well, they could become building blocks of the future. If they fail to implement what’s being asked of them, they could be searching for a job come next season.
Let’s take a deeper look at these six players and why they’re entering the last chance saloon.
Cincinnati Bengals entering last chance saloon – No. 6: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan, a 2019 fourth-round pick, has had a tumultuous start to his Cincinnati career. During his rookie campaign, Jordan saw 648 snaps and gave up six sacks while getting penalized six times, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fast-forward to the 2020 season and his career continued on a downward trajectory. On an offensive line filled with below-average talent, Michael Jordan continued to stand out in a negative light. Last season, Jordan played 731 snaps while giving up three sacks and committing one penalty.
But his most unfortunate play will forever be ingrained in Cincinnati history. As he was blown back by a bull-rush, Jordan planted Jonathan Allen directly into Joe Burrow’s left knee. Jordan finished that game at left guard and never regained his starting job. No one really complained about that either.
Frank Pollack will do everything he can to improve Mike Jordan’s game. According to The Athletic, Jordan has dedicated himself to rebuilding his body and refining his skills to make this roster but is already considered a long shot.
Cincinnati fans are not so forgiving and may make their voices heard if he steps on the field next season.