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Poll: Which Bengals have the most to prove vs Chiefs?

The Bengals saw plenty of players who failed to make an impact in preseason Week 1. Who needs to step up the most this week?

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Despite a plethora of great performances from key players in the Bengals’ 23-12 victory over the Buccaneers, several players failed to make the kind of impact the Bengals were hoping for.

For that reason, they will need to step up in preseason Week 2 to stay on track in retaining their current path with the team. These players need to step it up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday:

Mason Schreck

Despite playing 23 snaps against the Buccaneers, Schreck failed to record a catch or even a target in the passing game on Sunday. Granted, he is thought of as more of a blocking tight end, so it might not be a huge surprise he was so quiet on Sunday.

That said, he is known for rarely dropping passes, so it might make sense for the Bengals to test him out as a potential receiver. It could be the difference in him holding off Cethan Carter for the team’s developmental tight end role.

Jake Elliot

Elliot certainly did not play poorly on Sunday, as he hit both the field goal and the extra point he attempted. But, there have been reports of him struggling in camp. It doesn’t look great, especially when his competition, Randy Bullock, has been performing well in camp and nailed two field goals (one for 54 yards) on Sunday.

Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams

Despite looking impressive throughout training camp, the Bengals only gave Williams two carries on six snaps Sunday. Granted, he didn’t look particularly impressive in his two snaps, recording three yards on one play and two on the other.

But, that could possibly be chalked up to needing more opportunities to adjust to the NFL speed. It could also signal he isn’t cut out for the position, especially with Tra Carson performing so well against the Buccaneers.

Still, it will be difficult to tell if he continues to be given so few opportunities. Then again, he will need to earn those extra opportunities by making the most of the few he is given in the first place.

Tyler Kroft

Much like Schreck, Kroft is primarily seen as a blocking tight end, so it isn’t a big surprise he didn’t record any catches despite playing 16 snaps. Then again, injuries have limited Kroft’s effectiveness in his time with the Bengals, so it stands to reason he still needs to prove his value to the team going forward.

Although he didn’t play Sunday, Kroft needs to fend off C.J. Uzomah’s rise on the Bengals’ depth chart. It will be very difficult to do that if he is seen as a complete non-factor in the passing game.

What do you think, Bengals fans? Which player has the most to prove in preseason Week 2? Answer in the poll and/or let us know your thoughts in the comments!


Who has the most to prove in preseason Week 2?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Mason Schreck
    (16 votes)
  • 53%
    Jake Elliot
    (192 votes)
  • 6%
    Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams
    (23 votes)
  • 11%
    Tyler Kroft
    (41 votes)
  • 24%
    Someone else (answer in the comments)
    (86 votes)
358 votes total Vote Now