It wasn’t a great performance in the second game this preseason by the Cincinnati Bengals, as the Kansas City Chiefs cut through them, 30-12. Even though there were struggles in nearly all aspects of the squad, there were still some great individual performances by Bengals players.
Here are some of the players who performed the best on Saturday night. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for this week’s Bengals MVP!
Chris Smith, Defensive End: The Bengals struck a low-profile trade this offseason with the Jaguars for Smith. Though he was largely overlooked with the additions and performances by rookies Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson, he’s been one of the best players for Cincinnati this preseason.
He had numerous pressures, with four of them seeming to be on four consecutive plays, while also adding a quarterback sack.
Four pass rushes, four hurries in a row for Chris Smith. pic.twitter.com/YLzJ6s4PPP— Joe (@JoeGoodberry) August 21, 2017
Vontaze Burfict, Linebacker: Though he didn’t play too long on Saturday against the Chiefs, Burfict was flying around. He appeared to be in midseason form, for the most part, with six total tackles and a quarterback sack. And, if you’re wondering if his trademark physicality is in question after losing a little bit of weight this offseason, have a look below:
I see Vontez is in regular season form @pauldehnerjr @JimOwczarski @Kat_Terrell pic.twitter.com/j8tNz7lShB— Craig Gates (@CraigGates) August 19, 2017
Alex Erickson, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner: Last year’s kind of the preseason is making a solid attempt to keep his crown again this year. After a nice debut, Erickson had three catches for 43 yards, including a 31-yard catch. He also had a nice 39-yard kickoff return.
Randy Bullock, Kicker: Cincinnati’s kicking job was a mess last year, but it has been one of the best competitions this camp. Bullock, the veteran, has been perfect on all of his attempts throughout the first two weeks.
After nailing two kicks in the opener, including a 54-yarder, he hit two more against the Chiefs. One of the two was another deep kick Saturday, this time from 47 yards.
Jake Elliott, Kicker: If you think Bullock should be performing the way he has because of his experience, then maybe you’ve been more impressed with Elliott. The rookie has also hit on all of his opportunities, and though they haven’t been from quite the distance as some of Bullock’s kicks, he’s been perfect in the first two games, hitting another two field goals on Saturday, including a 39-yarder.
Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver: The receiver position is one of the deepest on this year’s roster and though the second-year guy has been a little lost in the shuffle with the additions of John Ross and Josh Malone, he still looks to be a viable weapon in the offense. He finished the evening with two catches for 45 yards, which was the most by a Bengals receiver in the game.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ MVP in their preseason Week 2 loss?
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DE Chris Smith
LB Vontaze Burfict
WR/KR Alex Erickson
K Randy Bullock
K Jake Elliott
WR Tyler Boyd