Marvin Lewis has now coached the Bengals through 12 preseasons during his time in Cincinnati. This was one of few seasons in which Lewis felt confident about consistently resting starters and giving more reps to players fighting for a roster spot in order to get a better evaluation for them.
"We were able to get to this point, and for the most part we’re going into the opening week and we are about as healthy as we can be and we have to feel good about that. That’s been our goal from the beginning, which is to get our football done, and we have to press forward and make sure it’s good enough."
Ultimately, Lewis was pleased with how this preseason went for his team.
"The preseason provides us the opportunity to work on things that are new and to do football in pads. It’s a body of work. It’s the opportunity to evaluate new players, and we have been able to do that. I’m relieved that we were able to get through without a major injury.
"We have to keep our heads down and keep working. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We know it’s going to be a challenging season, but we made it through another step of that, so let’s keep pushing forward."