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

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple -Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Hayden Hurst

Being the new guy on the block with decent shoes to fill automatically puts a large responsibility on someone’s shoulders. Hayden Hurst is coming off of his worst season in his career and coming to an offense that likes to utilize the tight end a good amount in the passing attack.

Hurst is a very capable guy for the job, it now just comes down to whether can he put up similar or even better numbers than C.J. Uzomah had during last year’s run. He will need to show improvement in his run blocking if he wants to be an every-down tight end. His athletic ability will show in the passing game as he is a very skilled receiver. Hurst being signed was no mistake as he will add an element to the offense that we didn’t have last year.

This Bengals offense is scary for opposing lineups to look at. A big question mark with Hurst is his ability to effectively run block. That being said if he wants to hold the starter job in Cincinnati he will have to show everyone that he is more than just a pass catcher.

Hurst will have tons to prove to both himself and the franchise but many expect a pretty smooth transition into the Bengals’ scheme

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