Bengals Roster: 4 most intriguing position battles in 2022

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2. Cornerback

Many fans hoped to sign a big-name free agent cornerback to replace Eli Apple this offseason, but the Bengals re-signed him. Apple had a slow start but picked up toward the back end of the schedule. He started in 15 season games and four postseason games.

Upset with his performance in the Super Bowl, Apple left fans wanting more but wanting him to talk less. With all things considered, the Bengals coaching staff still has confidence in his abilities.

Coach Taylor spoke highly of Apple, saying,

“If you don’t have a quality corner, people are going to find him and pick on him. Eli Apple is a quality starting corner in this league,” Taylor said. “I’ve got a lot of praise for Eli. I have a lot of respect for the things he did for us this year. He was a priority to try and bring back because I think our team appreciates him.

“I mean, Eli was there for a lot of big moments. I’m really proud of the way he played this year and really happy we were able to get him back in the mix. He’s a big part of what we accomplished.”

So, is Apple’s starting job in jeopardy?

Bring on draft picks Daxton Hill and Cam Taylor-Britt. Depending on how fast they can pick up the playbook, their versatility should cause Apple to look over his shoulder. The good news is that the depth in the secondary is solid, and the competition should make everyone better.