3 players who can shape Cincinnati Bengals’ future

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The Cincinnati Bengals have been riding in darkness for the last few seasons, but there has been reason to hope again in the Queen City. If Cincinnati is going to turn the corner and become a perennial contender, it will ride on the backs of these three players.

Cincinnati is entering the 2021 season with higher expectations than the last few years. After two straight years of drafting in the top ten, Cincinnati has a chance to get out of the cellar of the NFL.

While most people do not expect them to earn a playoff spot this year, the goal is that the team can show enough improvement to make the playoffs seem possible next year. Zac Taylor is entering a year where he needs to show that he is the right man for the job moving forward, and he will be relying on a few younger faces to help the team succeed.

The Bengals have several young players that will determine just how far this team can go over the next few years, but there are three players in particular that have the ability to define this team. While nothing is ever guaranteed in the NFL, if these three players meet or exceed expectations, Cincinnati will remain very competitive for a long time.