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2 players Bengals should scout on Giants roster in Week 2 of preseason

Glenn Adams
CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 29: Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants leads the offensive line during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 29: Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants leads the offensive line during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals will get a good look at potential offensive line help when they face off against the New York Giants in their second preseason game.

One of the good things about preseason games is that you get an up-close look at players that your favorite team might want to pounce on if the opportunity arises.

Here are two New York Giants players who the Cincinnati Bengals could have interest in if the occasion presents itself.

Ben Bredeson

Fans from Ohio may be familiar with the name Ben Bredeson. That is because he played college football for that one team with a Bearcat-like nickname and wears blue and yellow jerseys.

With the Bengals opening the left guard position to all challengers, they could take a long look at Bredeson. He has the “versatility” that the Bengals coaching staff requires because he can play both center and guard. Also, he is what offensive line coach Frank Pollack would consider a “glass eater.”

Unfortunately for possible suitors, the Giants are dealing with an injury to their starting left guard, Shane Lemieux.

They are actually dealing with a couple of injuries along the offensive front. Depending on the seriousness of that situation, New York may opt to hold on to Bredeson no matter how the backup center and guard competitions play out. Nevertheless, with Cincinnati’s left guard spot in flux, they will get a good look at potential help in Bredeson.

The Bengals hope the answer for left guard and backup center is already on the roster and the answer could be Trey Hill.

But just in case, keep an eye on Bredeson.

Hopefully, the Bengals defensive line will do well against the third-year pro. Count on Zach Carter and Raymond Johnson III to give him everything he can handle. If Bredeson has another game as he did against the Patriots, he could end up on another team after the 53-man roster cuts.

Devery Hamilton

Staying with the offensive line theme, another player the Bengals should get a long look at Sunday evening is Devery Hamilton.

Hamilton, a second-year player out of Stanford and then Duke, has what the Bengals love and that is experience playing multiple positions. He played left tackle against the Patriots last week and this week, he is lining up at left guard.

Currently, Hamilton is listed as the third-string left tackle on the Giants’ depth chart. However, he appears to be moving inside against the Bengals because of injuries. He hopes to build upon his good showing in New York’s first preseason game.

Even if Hamilton performs well for the Giants, they might release him in hopes of stashing him away on their practice squad. However, suppose the Bengals are still looking for possible help along the offensive line. In that case, Hamilton might be on Cincinnati’s radar after Sunday night, especially if he shows well against Jeff Gunter and Cam Sample.

Once it is all said and done, the Giants might see if they can work out a trade before releasing Hamilton or Bredeson. But New York might not be very excited about making another trade with Cincinnati after the B.J. Hill for Billy Price shakedown.

There is much angst surrounding the Bengals’ offensive line, again. But, if they are to look externally for help, they get to see two potential candidates up close and personal Sunday evening at MetLife Stadium.

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