3 best-kept secrets on Bengals roster in 2022

Chris Evans, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Chris Evans, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
3 of 3
Cincinnati Bengals
Hayden Hurst (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

1. Hayden Hurst

Fans were bummed to see C.J. Uzomah sign with the Jets mostly because of the leadership and positive attitude he provided during his time in the Queen City. While Uzomah’s departure hurt, the team upgraded at tight end with the addition of Hayden Hurst in free agency.

Hurst, a former first-round pick by the Ravens in 2018, spent two years in Baltimore playing second-fiddle to Mark Andrews. He was traded to the Falcons in 2020 and went on to have the best season of his career (56 catches, 571 yards, six touchdowns). That season by Hurst was better than any by Uzomah during his career, which is why Hurst could be considered an upgrade.

Hurst didn’t have as good of a season in 2021 due to the Falcons spending the fourth overall pick on Kyle Pitts but he’ll immediately step into the Bengals’ offense and be a difference-maker. The tight ends don’t have to do as much in Cincinnati due to the three starting wide receivers and Joe Mixon being as dangerous as they are but Hurst will get targets and hopefully, he’ll make them count.

Next. 5 Scapegoats if Things Go Wrong in 2022. dark

These three players are the best-kept secrets on Cincinnati’s roster. Let’s see how they do this year and if they live up to that hype.