Bengals have several rookies who pushed for regular season playing time
One of the most exciting things about preseason football is seeing the rookies drafted in the mid to late rounds have the opportunity to shine. The newest additions to the Bengals did not disappoint.
The big standout from the game was Joseph Ossai. A third-round draft pick by the Bengals this year, Ossai recorded five total pressures and a sack against the Buccaneers. This is huge news for Cincinnati, who need to find the personnel to get better pressure on the quarterback this year.
The biggest negative is the injury he sustained and rumors coming out that it is a broken wrist. While he could still make the opener that could delay his development a little.
Other notable standouts from the Cincinnati rookies were Darius Hodge who ended the game with 1.5 sacks, Chris Evans who had 25 rushing yards to go along with 33 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Evan McPherson who was a perfect 2/2 on field-goal attempts.
All four of these rookies made their case to be on the final roster and even push for more snaps throughout the course of the season. Providing much-needed depth or potentially securing a starting spot is welcome news for a Bengals team hoping for a turnaround from last year.