Making the Cincinnati Bengals squad as an Undrafted Rookie Free Agent this year will be a monumental task but there are a few who can make a difference in 2022.
There is not much room for error for the UDFA class of 2022 but that does not mean a contribution to the Cincinnati Bengals‘ success from one or more rookie free agents is impossible. After the dust settles, a few will find themselves on the practice squad or the final 53.
Here are four players who could be called upon and how they can make an impact this year.
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While Kwamie Lassiter II is grabbing the headlines, there is another receiver to whom you need to pay close attention. For now, Kendric Pryor is flying under the radar. However, expect that to change soon.
Pryor, the former Badger wideout, reportedly ran a 4.38 40 at his pro day.
Pryor has excellent hands and plays with confidence. He does not look like a blazer when you watch him but that is because the wideout looks so smooth. He has quick feet and is very shifty in tight spaces. Both of those qualities show up when the ball is in his hands. He was used a lot on jet sweeps and the underneath passing game.
Wisconsin got the ball in his hands quickly. As a result, Cincinnati may use him in the slot even though he was primarily on the outside at Wisconsin.
While with the Badgers, Pryor accumulated 99 receptions and 1,265 yards receiving. He also averaged 10.2 yards a carry on 40 rushing attempts. Receiving + Rushing = Versatility. Additionally, he is a tough and willing run blocker, so — even more versatility.
When it comes to not having the most eye-popping statistics, Pryor is a bit like running back Chris Evans. He made the most of the limited opportunities he was given and once the ball was in his hands, you saw his talent.
Some of his talents were witnessed firsthand by first-round pick Dax Hill when Pryor was able to make a few nice plays against a stingy Michigan defense.
Pryor has the speed, quickness, and toughness to play on special teams. If he can make some plays there, he might get a few reps on offense at some point during the season, thus allowing him to make an impact in 2022.