5 Cincinnati Bengals that will suprise fans in 2022

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 3. Hayden Hurst

Hayden Hurst was very anticipated and raved about the prospect when he got selected by the Ravens with the 25th overall pick in the first round in 2018, but he has yet to become the tight end he was expected to be.

He played for the Ravens and the Falcons and hasn’t surpass 600 receiving yards in a single season. In 2020, he had by far his best season where he caught six touchdowns, 571 yards, and had 56 receptions with Atlanta.

Hurst knows this is a big year for him. The Cincinnati Bengals signed him to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million so Hurst will finally get the chance to be the primary option. In Baltimore, he was stuck behind Mark Andrews, and last season he was behind Kyle Pitts.

He won’t receive a massive share total because Cincinnati still does have Chase, Boyd, Higgins, and a strong run game; however, he is the most talented tight end in that positional room, and unless Cincinnati takes a tight end early on in the NFL Draft he should be the starter at the position.