The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to improve from last year's disaster of a season and it all starts in the preseason. They take on the Washington Football Team on Friday night and multiple players on the roster will be giving it their all in order to lock down a spot on the team for Week 1.
Head coach Zac Taylor has an opportunity to see what some of the unproven players on this team can really do. With that being said, here are three Bengals fighting for their jobs in Friday night's game.
1. Trent Taylor, Wide Receiver
Trent Taylor signed a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals this past offseason, but is suddenly fighting for a roster spot at a deep position. The former San Francisco 49er wideout may have a leg up on the competition given he has been a force on special teams. Although Taylor did not record a receptions during the Bengals first preseason game, he did end up returning 2 kickoffs and 1 punt for a total of 47 yards. The fourth-year pro needs to make a good impression soon or he could be in some trouble.
2. Evan McPherson & Austin Seibert, Kickers
The Bengals have had a starting kicker battle going on throughout training camp and it has yet to claim a victor. Rookie Evan McPherson nailed both of his field goal attempts last week, including one from 40 yards out. On the other side, Seibert is entering his third NFL season and reports claim he has missed some easy kicks in practice. Friday night's game will be another chance for each kicker to show off their skills to the coaching staff. This is one battle that could very well come down to the wire.
3. Mike Jordan, Offensive Line
Many people were stunned to see third-year player Mike Jordan listed as a starting guard on Cincinnati's first official depth chart. He has started 19 games for the Bengals over the last two seasons, but was expected to take on a backup role in 2021. Jordan has looked impressive so far and could see a lot of playing time in this preseason game. The competition for starting roles along the line remains up in the air and Jordan could take advantage of this opportunity. He is a sneaky starting option for this team.
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