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Bengals: 5 positives, 2 negatives from Week 1 of preseason

Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor -Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor -Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Negatives from Cincinnati Bengals’ preseason opener

Injury

The biggest hope for all players and coaches in the preseason is that everyone remains healthy enough to play in Week 1. That was put into doubt for the MVP of the game for the Bengals when Joseph Ossai suffered an injury to his hand.

While reports have flown wild about what this means for the rookie pass rusher, recent information suggests Ossai might not missing time in the regular season. This would be great news considering how exciting the young man was to watch and the production he had on the field.

Here’s to hoping Ossai is able to make it back in Week 1 and add depth and talent to a position of need.

Turnovers

I get that the preseason is a chance to loosen up and get the rust off but anytime a team has four turnovers there is some cause for concern. It wasn’t one guy who had several mistakes that led to this, but over the next few games, I will be watching to make sure the Bengals take better care of the ball.

Cincinnati is going to need a few things to break their way this season if they want to be competitive, they cannot afford to beat themselves. It was just game one so no need to sound the alarm, but cautiously I will be monitoring this for improvement before the regular season kicks off.

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