Bengals: 4 takeaways from first depth chart of 2021 season
Cincinnati Bengals depth chart takeaways
3. C.J. Uzomah over Drew Sample at TE1
Throughout the offseason, Drew Sample was heavily speculated to be the starting tight end due to being younger and a recent high-round draft pick. It didn’t help C.J. Uzomah’s case that he started just two games last year before getting injured and missing the rest of the season. Sample stood up during that time and looked to be a decent option as the starting tight end moving forward.
Well, the depth chart has Uzomah over Sample as the starting tight end with Sample serving as the backup. This might not be a shocking revelation, as Sample is still a bit of an unknown while Uzomah has shown what he can do as a starting tight end.
Uzomah has been a fun player to watch throughout training camp. Earlier in camp, he asked “Why not us?” when it came to the Bengals winning the Super Bowl. He said that anyone in the locker room who doesn’t think this team can win it all shouldn’t be in the locker room.
Tight end isn’t necessarily a strong position for Cincinnati but Uzomah is a reliable veteran. Sample, meanwhile, is a name to watch this year as a potential breakout candidate but he still has to prove himself if he wants to slide into the starting role.