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Bengals Bytes (8/31): Which players stock went up after Cincinnati’s preseason finale

What players can hold their head high knowing they put their best foot forward in the Bengals final preseason game?

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Driskel stakes his claim
After leading the Bengals on a break-neck 90-yard touchdown drive in a screeching 130 seconds that ended the first half, quarterback Jeff Driskel faced an even more treacherous drive to the hospital.

Notes: Injury worry; Name Bengals' last 2-way player
That’s what they call the sprawling board room in the middle of the Bengals administrative offices and it’s where owners, coaches and scouts sit down over the next 48 hours to cut the roster to 53 players by the Saturday deadline. Then they’ll come back Sunday to tweak it and there may be a lot of that after the Bengals saw some injured players leave Thursday’s 27-26 loss to the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium.

Bengals Drop Preseason Finale, 27-26
The Bengals’ failure to run out the clock with a 26-14 lead early in the fourth quarter allowed quarterback Phillip Walker to throw two touchdown passes in the final six minutes. The last one went to old friend Cobi Hamilton on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 72 seconds left for the Colts’ 27-26 victory.

Driskel lights up pre-season finale
The Bengals benched virtually all their starters in Thursday night’s capper, but they still couldn’t get to Saturday’s final cut without injuries impacting the roster even as they took a 20-7 half-time lead over the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium despite injuries to back-up quarterback Matt Barkley and H-Back Cethan Carter.

Bengals stock watch after final preseason game against Colts
In the final preseason game of 2018, the Cincinnati Bengals backups showed some good and some not-so-good things on tape. The run defense was mediocre, as the backup defense gave up 107 yards at 4.3 YPC to the Indianapolis Colts. However, some younger secondary players flashed some potential in the back end despite the loss.

Analysis: Injuries cloud Bengals preseason finale
Three players on the roster bubble left with injuries: quarterback Matt Barkley, H-back Cethan Carter and safety Trayvon Henderson. Also, KeiVarae Russell went to the locker room early needing an IV and rookie running back Mark Walton injured his shoulder.

Cincinnati Bengals have no plans to change tailgating policy, despite NFL recommendation
The National Football League has recommended that teams prohibit tailgating after kickoff, meaning fans who don’t have tickets to the game, will need to vacate tailgating lots after the game starts.

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