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Cincinnati Bengals June Scouting Report
Mark Huber

Things have been pretty quiet since the draft for the Bengals, which is pretty typical for the Queen City franchise.

Nothing of note came from the first three days of workouts, but those do not include any contact drills. Everybody is playing against air which some people get surprising jacked up with the results.

Regardless, the team is pretty set in all facets of the game with its front line players.

Some guys who might be worth tracking or picking up would be RB Chris Evans, who looks bigger and stronger and would be THE guy behind Joe Mixon; TE Hayden Hurst is going to be TD dependent but that could be huge as Joe Burrow has no problem going to the TE. With WRs getting much focus, Hurst is going to get single coverage and if he has anything going forward he will score you points.

If you are looking at other players, you'll have to wait til training camp. Nobody emerged as a player of note during the OTAs thus far so you know the likely suspects if you need defensive help. Maybe a name being forgotten is Joseph Ossai, a second year player out of Texas who missed last season with injury. Despite that he is the youngest player on the roster and is going to be a pass-rusher of note if healthy. I'd pick him up now and hope he makes an impact in preseason games. If so, he will get time along the line despite Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson.

Unlike most teams, the Bengals will not have any mandatory workouts this summer and will only have six days of organized team workouts. The first were June 6-7 and June 9 with the next three set for June 14-16.

The organization has announced a Back Together Saturday for July 30, but nothing official on the start of training camp. The first preseason game is August 12 in Cincinnati against Arizona. After playing at the New York Giants in the second preseason game, the Bengals will have a Super Bowl rematch with the Rams Aug. 27 at Paul Brown Stadium. The two teams also will have joint practices leading up to the game.

Then the Bengals will take off until Sept. 11 for its regular season opener, so plenty of time for roster decisions and such after the preseason finale.

While it may not turn out to be anything, here are the 2021 Bengals who are free agents and might of interest to the team if the price is right or if an injury happens: Trae Waynes, Riley Reiff, Trey Hopkins, Larry Ogunjobi.


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