4 Bengals who have offered almost nothing to the team in 2023

  • Two running backs make the cut
  • Two defensive players have also left something to be desired
Aug 18, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai (58) returns an
Aug 18, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai (58) returns an / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Bengals have a very talented roster so it's not surprising that several players won't be able to make the impact that fans are hoping for. Whether these players were drafted early or fans simply hyped them up, we've been disappointed by what we've seen from these Bengals so far in the 2023 season.

Let's take a look at the Bengals players who have given almost nothing to the team in 2023. These won't be players like Jake Browning or Cody Ford, as we didn't expect either of them to do much for this team this year. Rather, it'll be players who fans expected would have at least some sort of role but have yet to really have one during the course of the season.

Let's dive in.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference unless noted otherwise

4. Joseph Ossai

It's been surprising not to see much from Ossai this year after the season he put together in 2022. Sure, he's most remembered for the final defensive play of the AFC title game when he shoved an already out of bounds Patrick Mahomes further out of bounds to hand the Chiefs an easy field goal for the win, but for the most part, Ossai played well in his first full season as a pro.

This year, however, Ossai hasn't been on the field as much. He's appeared in just 17% of defensive snaps and 3% of special teams snaps during his second full season (and third overall). According to PFF, Ossai has played 22 run defense snaps and 33 pass rush snaps and he's graded out overall at 54.2.

Ossai had 3.5 sacks and 17 solo tackles during the 2022 season and through six games this year, he's yet to record a sack and has just one solo tackle. It hasn't been the campaign that Bengals fans were hoping for from Ossai. Here's to hoping he turns it around and contributes more to the defense down the stretch.

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