2. Eli Apple
While the first two guys on the list were in danger of losing their roster spots and Jackson Carman could fall into that category due to legal issues, Eli Apple is the only for sure guy here who won’t be cut (well, barring something unusual, of course). Apple was re-signed this offseason after coming on strong in the second half of the 2021 season.
People have their issues with Apple and I definitely get it. He needs to learn when not to trash talk and calm it down a bit in that department but for the most part, he was a solid addition to the defense last year. The Bengals don’t make it to the Super Bowl without him.
Apple’s starting job is in jeopardy, however, because the Bengals drafted Cam Taylor-Britt out of Nebraska in the second round. Taylor-Britt is a blazing-fast corner who fits the mold of what the Bengals were looking for with their draft picks this year: speed and versatility.
Apple not only has to be on his A-game this summer when competing with Taylor-Britt but the second he royally screws up during the season, the vultures will be waiting for the Husker rookie to nab his starting job.