4 Bengals to pay close attention to during training camp

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Chris Evans, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Is it too early for Chris Evans to become the swiss army knife of this offense?

Chris Evans was firmly running back No. 3 last year, and that could change in the 2022 season. We saw glimpses have his ability versus Detroit and Pittsburgh, including this touchdown grab.

Bengals fans will be keen to see if he can expand on that role in 2021. Samaje Perine is the number two for now, but his grip on that spot could be loosening. The coaching staff seemed reluctant to burden Joe Mixon with third-down carries once they reached mid-season, and while Perine was steady, Evans is a more enticing, dynamic threat.

As well as that, he offers much more potential in the passing game. He will hope to make a much bigger impression than the 77 rushing yards and 151 receiving yards he contributed last season. As a sixth-round selection, there was little pressure on Evans, but the flashes were more than encouraging.

He must have a strong training camp and preseason to move up the depth chart, and he should get plenty of opportunities, including an expanded role on special teams. With a clear need at kick returner, you can expect Evans to get reps and to become a game-breaker as a specialist.

The Bengals would undoubtedly appreciate more weapons, and a more significant contribution from Evans would represent that. Be sure to look for him split out in the slot, out of the backfield, and as a returner.