4 Bengals who will have a chip on their shoulder in 2022

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple -Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple -Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare-USA TODAY Sports /
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Who on the Cincinnati Bengals roster has a chip on their shoulder entering the 2022 season? 

With the regular season right around the corner, every team has guys who have something to prove. These four  Cincinnati Bengals are coming into 2022 with a chip on their shoulder as they have something to prove to the league and fans.

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4. Eli Apple

Coming into the new year the Bengals have added depth in the DB position through the draft. This puts Eli Apple in a very interesting position as he was only given a one-year extension this past offseason. He now has a ton to prove to the Bengals coaching staff members and fans that competition for the nickel corner spot is likely.

Apple has guys like Daxton Hill and Cam Taylor-Britt fighting for his spot on the field. He is already a shaky name amongst fans due to a lack of consistency throughout last season so fans automatically want to see one of the rookies take over that spot if they show out this year. E

Apple will have a huge chip on his shoulder in 2022 as he will be fighting for another contract extension with the squad while also proving to everyone that he can hold his own at his particular position. He can be a good corner in the NFL with his length and speed, but he hasn’t been able to put it all together.

As he gets older it will become that much more important for him to refine his cover skills and awareness as he will be outmatched athletically by the young rookies. He will need to come out and prove why he deserves a roster spot all season long as it seems to fans across the board that his time in Cincinnati is likely coming to an end. It’s a long season ahead so only time will tell what the front office decides.