The preseason is officially over! Our attention will now turn to roster cuts and the regular season! Yes, regular season football is just nine days away. But, before we get there, let’s sort through some of what happened in Thursday night’s Bengals vs Colts preseason finale.
Trevor Roach wants to make the roster
If you read Cincy Jungle, odds are, you know who Trevor Roach is. But for the majority of Bengals fans, Roach isn't a household name. On Thursday night, Roach had five tackles in a manner of four minutes on five out of six plays on the first drive of the game. He finished the game with more than double the amount of tackles of anyone else on the roster, 11. You can’t ask for much more from a fringe roster player looking to prove he belongs on the team. Roach might have just carved a spot for himself on the final roster.
Nick Vigil is who the Bengals thought he was
When the Bengals drafted Nick Vigil in the third round of this year’s draft, be honest, were you happy? The reaction we saw on Cincy Jungle was largely negative when the Bengals drafted the former Utah State linebacker. But so far this preseason, he’s delivered and has been praised with frequency by his coaches and teammates. Tonight after the game, Lewis said, "Nick Vigil has proven to be everything we thought he would be." Vigil has delivered this preseason and I can’t wait to see if he’s able to see time on the field on defense this year. This guy could be the future of the Bengals’ linebacker unit.
No penalties -- ok, well there was one...
It’s pretty rare for a team to have no accepted penalties in a preseason NFL game. And, that almost happened for the Bengals before there was one penalty for defensive pass interference by Tony McRae in the fourth quarter. While the Bengals had just one penalty, the Colts had seven. That’s pretty nice to see, especially when it’s exclusively backups playing in the game.
It took nearly four quarters to score a touchdown
On a night in which rookie Alonzo Russell was trying to earn a spot on at least the Bengals’ practice squad, he looked solid notching two catches on three targets for 22 yards including a 15-yard touchdown catch from Keith Wenning. Russell's fourth quarter touchdown was the first touchdown in a pretty boring game that went to halftime scoreless.
Unfortunately, Russell’s touchdown wasn’t the final score of the night as the Colts were able to take the lead on a Stephen Morris touchdown pass to Tevaun Smith with 47 seconds left in the game.
Happily resting starters
The Bengals’ starters did not play a snap on Thursday night and that’s a good thing.
"Our focus is on the New York Jets and I felt that our main guys had accomplished what they needed to accomplish in the preseason. It was best to let them have the night off," Marvin Lewis said at halftime.
The Bengals still need many players to get healthy before September 11 and sitting the starters was the perfect formula to prevent other impact players from getting injured. Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris suffered a stinger, which isn’t ideal with Darqueze Dennard injured and William Jackson III headed to Injured/Reserve, but a stinger shouldn’t keep Lewis-Harris out of action for too long.