There is no other group of players on an NFL team more under-the-radar than the undrafted rookie free agents. The Bengals have a couple with a real shot of making the team. Guard Jaxson Kirkland has been mentioned often as a guy with a good chance of making the team. Yet, another name is hoping to enter that particular conversation.
Rookie running back Jacob Saylors hopes to make the most of every opportunity he gets in training camp and the preseason.
Saylors is a nice blend of power and speed and is tough to take down. He was also very good at recognizing and picking up blitzes in college. This could be why we have not seen as much of Chris Evans as we thought we would have up to this point.
In his final season at ETSU, Saylors recorded 1,314 yards on 226 carries, 15 rushing touchdowns, and averaged 5.8 yards per rush. He also caught 21 passes for 159 yards.
Saylors also returned kickoffs while at East Tennessee State, something he should attempt to do in Cincinnati as he looks to stand out in the crowd.
With Chris Evans getting no rushes last season, there could be an opportunity for Saylors to snag the last running back spot if the team keeps four come cutdown day. A possibility that very few could have imagined when he first signed with the team.
It will be an uphill climb for Saylors, Johnson, and Lassiter to make the final 53-man roster for the Bengals. However, even though it is a long shot and no one talks about them, do not count these under-the-radar guys out.