Cincy Jungle's MVP Award: Preseason Week Three

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Marvin Jones #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown on a 15-yard reception against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

In what was supposed to be the best showing for the team, the Bengals stumbled through their worst all-around performance of the 2012 in the preseason. The game wasn't without its bright spots, though, as a few guys played well throughout the course of the game.

Let's take a look at the nominees and winner of this week's MVP award.

Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski had an efficient night as the team's leading passer. He helped lead the team to their lone touchdown of the night and finished seven for 12 for 61 yards and a touchdown. Gradkowski has never been pretty and can be pretty frustrating at times with his conservative passes, but somehow he always makes that one play that keeps the team in the game.

Defensively, Terence Newman had a nice interception of Captain America (AKA Aaron Rodgers) in the second quarter, capping a relatively nice preseason for the veteran. He added two tackles, but was part of a secondary group that was victimized a few times in the game.

We ultimately decided to give the award to wide receiver Marvin Jones. He has continued to impress in each preseason game and whispers are starting to be uttered, asking why he hasn't had a chance to play with the starters. He only had two catches for 21 yards on Thursday, but proved that he can catch the intermediate and short routes, along with the long ball. He made a nice back shoulder catch on the 12-yard touchdown strike and added an 18-yard punt return. Every week that goes by, Jones ensures himself a roster spot and puts himself in the same breath as Armon Binns and Brandon Tate for the starting job.

Who would you gets your vote for this week's MVP award?

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