Cincinnati Bengals: 5 players who stood out after 1st padded practice

Leigh Oleszczak
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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton runs drills against safety Brandon Wilson (40) -Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton runs drills against safety Brandon Wilson (40) -Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

Cincinnati Bengals who stood out after padded practice

2. Cornerbacks

I couldn’t narrow it down to just one cornerback who impressed, as they all looked dominant in Tuesday’s practice. The passing offense once again failed to do much of anything (more on that at a later time) and the cornerbacks played a big role in why that was.

We’ll start with Mike Hilton, who the Bengals signed away from division rival Pittsburgh this offseason. Hilton battled with Tyler Boyd throughout practice and won the first round between the two. It was a fiery battle between those two guys and Hilton gave Boyd everything he could handle.

Speaking of Boyd, Chidobe Awuzie got beat by him, catching a pass with Boyd draped all over him. That didn’t stop the free-agent addition from wowing in practice despite that not-so-great play. Charlie Goldsmith said Awuzie could very well be the player of Bengals’ camp so far. High praise.

The Bengals need to see this kind of fire from their cornerbacks and if Tuesday’s practice is any indicator, the passing defense could become more of a strength in 2021.

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