Bengals with something to prove
2. Noah Spence
Noah Spence was signed earlier this week after the degrading news that impressive rookie Joseph Ossai was expected to undergo knee surgery, likely ending his 2021-2022 season. This means the Cincinnati Bengals see Spence as someone who can come in and fill that lost void.
Now, will he be able to do that completely? Probably not, but Spence has a solid track record and could very well make a positive impact on this defense. Not being here through the first two preseason games, it will be crucial that he takes full advantage of the snaps against Miami this Sunday. It could make or break his chance to make the 53-man roster.
Spence’s best season was his rookie year in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he had 22 combined tackles, 16 solo tackles, 12 QB hits, and 5.5 sacks, along with three forced fumbles. Unfortunately, he has yet to find that same groove again with a team after his rookie year.
Cincinnati hopes to be that place where he can find his rhythm and be a rotational player on the edge and defensive line after the injuries to Ossai and Cameron Sample.