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Training camp stock report: 3 Bengals falling out of favor

Here' a look at whose stock is down heading into the first preseason game.

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The Bengals are two weeks into training camp on the heels of their first preseason game against the Chiefs. While several players have had great camps and boosted their standing with the team, others have fallen out a favor to the point they're not only getting buried on the depth chart, but could find themselves on the wrong side of the roster bubble.

Here's a look at three players whose stock has taken a hit through the first two weeks of camp.

Stock Down

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

The Bengals drafting Jeremy Hill in the second round was a clear statement that they're going to run the ball more in 2014 under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. Pounding the rock is something Hue loves to do when he's got the horses to do it.

But between Hill and the '13 NFL Rookie of the Year runner-up in Giovani Bernard, expect the ball to be taken out of Green-Ellis' hands more in '14.

That is, if he even makes the roster. He's not getting many reps in camp right now, and appears to be battling Rex Burkhead, Cedric Peerman and James Wilder Jr. for the final two RB spots on the 53-man roster.

Giovani Bernard is going to get 15-20 touches per game in 2014, and Hills is probably going to be the short-yardage back, though he offers more explosiveness than Green-Ellis whose days in Bengals stripes are numbered.

Jermaine Gresham

Tyler Eifert's stock is up, so that has to mean bad news for Gresham. After offseason back surgery, Gresham missed the first nine days of training camp, allowing Eifert to lock down the No. 1 tight end spot.

Instead of working as co-starters with Eifert like last year, Gresham now could be playing second fiddle to Eifert. That's quite a fall for the former first-rounder and Pro-Bowler, who was expected to become one of the NFL's dominant tight ends.

It also hurts his impending free agency. If he's playing as a backup in Cincinnati, what other team is going to offer him a good contract?

The Offensive Line

The offensive line in general has been like a MASH unit in camp with so many guys out. With Andre Smith (concussion) and Andrew Whitworth (calf) missing much of camp to this point while Clint Boling (ACL) and Mike Pollak (knee) have alternated days on and off, which left two to three starters out nearly every practice to this point.

Veteran backups Will Svitek and Marshall Newhouse have gotten a heavy workload as the starting tackles after starting a combined four games in 2013. Trey Hopkins,. and undrafted free agent out of Texas, has gotten a lot of reps with the first-team offense.

Russell Bodine, a fourth-rounder out of North Carolina, was given the starting job, and has looked ok, but has had a concerning number of high snaps in camp.

This certainly isn't the offensive line the Bengals hope to have for the majority of 2014, but it's a good indicator as to who the backups are in case a starter goes down. The fact that Tanner Hawkinson hasn't got much run with the 1s is concerning for his chances to make the 53-man roster.