5 Bengals whose stock rose after Week 1 of preseason
Players who boosted their stock
3. Chris Evans
Sixth-round draft pick Chris Evans saw plenty of touches throughout the game against the Bucs and he took advantage of it all. Evans had 12 rushes for 25 yards, scoring the only Bengals touchdown in a defensive-led game. He also added four receptions for 33 yards.
Many thought Pooka Williams would have a clear opportunity, but Jacques Patrick and Evans having very prominent games remained in the backfield late into the fourth quarter. What Evans showed in college at Michigan he put on display in his debut. He can create a running lane when holes are not there, catch out of the backfield, and has shiftiness.
Multiple times it looked as if Evans would be tackled for a loss of yards but instead found a way to get a positive gain. It might not show up on the stat sheet, but in the preseason, those are the type of things you love to see from a young running back.
Joe Mixon is the number one back on the depth chart, and everyone realizes that, but Chris Evans could make a serious threat to Samaje Perine to try and get the number two spot. With two preseason games remaining, a lot will be determined.