Winners and Losers of Bengals training camp
The Cincinnati Bengals opened their 2019 training camp on July 27th. Though we are less than two full weeks through practice, we have already seen which players have stood out among the crowd, and which ones aren't doing enough to help their cause.
There is still a month until the regular season begins, so a lot can change over the next few weeks. As of now, here are the winners and losers of Bengals training camp:
The backup receivers have a lot to gain from the absences of A.J. Green and John Ross. Damion Willis and Stanley Morgan Jr. have both been given more opportunities, and have received praise for their work so far. There are a lot of young receivers, and injuries up front are letting them make the most of their opportunities.
Germaine Pratt is a player that has stood out just about every time he hits the field. The Bengals have a lack of depth at linebacker. Though he isn't currently listed as a starter on Cincinnati's initial depth chart, it may just be a matter of time before he takes over.
Hubbard has been a pleasant surprise for the Bengals so far. The third round pick of 2018 managed 39 tackles, 6.0 sacks, and a forced fumble (despite playing just 45 percent of defensive snaps). As such, he has been placed as the staring right defensive end in the Bengals first depth chart. Hubbard continues to show signs through training camp, and looks to expand on his promising rookie season.
John Ross has ye to hit the practice field with his team during training camp - which isn't a good sign for a player who's career has been decimated by injury. Ross has played in just 16 games in his first two NFL seasons, and he needs to find a way to get on the field if the Bengals ever want to get their value out of him.
Eifert is finally healthy, but he is not currently getting his staring job back. According to the Bengals initial depth chart, C.J. Uzomah is still ahead of Eifert as of now. Eifert, a former Pro Bowl tight end back in 2015, has started just 4 games over the past 3 seasons. He needs to stay healthy if the Bengals ever want to rely on him again.