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5 Bengals To Watch - Preseason Week 4

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While we likely won't see any starters, Week 4 of the preseason will prove to be pivotal for bubble players looking to claim the last few roster spots.

A roster spot may not be a certainty for Margus Hunt
A roster spot may not be a certainty for Margus Hunt
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The final week of preseason is upon us. Real honest to goodness football is just around the corner. But before we can get to that, we have this week to deal with. This is the last hurrah for fringe players to make their case for a spot on the 53-man roster, or at least a practice squad spot. The truth is the Bengals' front office probably already knows who about 50 of these guys are. This week, the guys to watch are those who actually have a real chance – no matter how slim – to crack the 53.

1) Chris Carter

There’s no two ways about it. This guy has been absolutely ballin’ this preseason. He has been the most disruptive pass rusher not named Geno Atkins or Carlos Dunlap. For a team that struggled to get to the QB last year, I think the Bengals' front office would have a hard time sending this guy packing. The Bengals may have finally found the guy they wanted Dontay Moch to be. The release of Nico Johnson, a guy I thought would almost certainly make the team, leads me to believe there may just be a spot for Mr. Carter.

2) DeShawn Williams

I promise I'm not a broken record, but for a team that struggled to get to the QB last year, it would only make sense to have this guy on the roster. A lot of people are thinking he will get squeezed out due to the numbers game at DT. The consensus seems to be that we will roll with Atkins, Peko, Hardison, and Sims or Still. However, with Hardison able to play either inside or outside, Margus Hunt’s job could be on the line, opening a spot for Williams.

3) Margus Hunt

Like I said above, I am in the school of thought that Hunt’s job may be on the line. He hasn’t shown much in his career up to this point, and hasn’t exactly changed my mind this preseason. Despite his physical gifts, it just doesn’t seem like NFL football is for him.

4) Devon Still

As great of a story as Devon Still has been off-the-field, he hasn't done much on the field to warrant his inclusion on the 53-man roster. He's been outperformed by every other DT battling for that last spot. Even if the Bengals keep five DTs (and Hardison as a flex line player) as I have suggested, Still shouldn’t be in that group. He will have to really be impressive tomorrow to change my mind. Even then, I don't know if he can do enough. Luckily for him, I don't actually have a say.

5) Jake Kumerow

After impressing in OTAs, Kumerow has been relatively quiet. He has made a few nice plays, but nothing that has leapt out and said "THIS GUY IS A SUNDAY NFL PLAYER." That may change in the future, but he would have to beat out Mario Alford or Brandon Tate for the last receiver spot. On top of that, it’s not even a guarantee that the Bengals keep six receivers with how we have seen Rex Burkhead used. It’s obvious that the Bengals want to incorporate him into the offense more, but there won't be much room in the backfield for him unless there’s an injury.