Grading the Cincinnati Bengals free agent signings from Day 4
What grade does the Hayden Hurst signing deserve?
The only new player to join Cincinnati on Thursday was former first-round pick, Hayden Hurst. After going in round one to the Ravens in the 2018 NFL Draft, Hurst found himself behind Mark Andrews on the depth chart and landed in Atlanta in 2020.
That 2020 season was Hurst’s best, as he compiled 56 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns. While losing C.J. Uzomah was tough, that season Hurst had in 2020 was better than any of Uzomah’s seasons with the Bengals.
Is this signing one that should have fans bouncing off the walls from excitement?
The team did need a tight end after Uzomah bolted for the Jets and they found a decent one. Hurst isn’t going to be the long-term answer and the team should definitely look to the draft to find a more permanent solution at TE1 but Hurst is a nice stop-gap player.
Considering that Drew Sample was the best option at tight end before this move, I’d say bringing Hurst in was a smart decision. It’s a good signing but not one that people are going to be all that excited about.
Hayden Hurst grade: B+