Every year, the Bengals have at least one of their top players coming off a serious injury from the prior year.
2015 will be no different, as several guys will look to rebound after injuries cut their 2014 campaigns short. For Marvin Jones, 2014 never began after ankle and foot injuries in training camp prevented him from playing a down of football. After hauling in 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 scores in 2013, Jones is capable of having a big enough impact to warrant being Cincinnati's Comeback Player of the Year this season.
One could argue Andre Smith was among the best Bengals player to miss a significant part of last year. A concussion and triceps tear limited Smith to just nine games in 2014. When healthy, he's easily one of the Bengals' six or seven best players in addition to being a Pro Bowl-caliber right tackle.
Tyler Eifert was poised for a breakout campaign in 2014, but those hopes were dashed after he dislocated his elbow in Week 1. It was later revealed Eifert had surgery to repair a torn labrum, and he didn't play again after playing in just one game. With Jermaine Gresham now gone, Eifert is the true No. 1 tight end for the first time in his career. 'If' he stays healthy, Eifert is in for a big 2015 season.
As good as those three are, Vontaze Burfict's absence was felt most last year. Multiple concussions and a knee injury led to Burfict missing 11 games. The Bengals defense fell from being in the top six the previous two years to 22nd in yards allowed per game in 2014 with Burfict out of the lineup.