We won’t see Cincinnati in this year’s edition of the show that gives fans an inside look at NFL teams as they go through training camp and the preseason. However, we will see several former Bengals on TV, as the Oakland Raiders have been chosen for this year’s edition of Hard Knocks.
The Raiders have been rumored to be one of the NFL’s prefered teams for this year’s edition, and for good reason. They’re loaded with unique personalities, some of which that actually have some history together in the AFC North in Antonio Brown and Vontaze Burfict, two heated rivals from their days playing with the Steelers and Bengals respectively.
The Bengals have two appearances on Hard Knocks, but the last was in 2013 when Burfict was a second-year player growing into his own, so we didn’t see a lot of him on the show. That will probably be different this time around, as he’s expected to be a key piece of the Raiders defense, and seeing how he interacts with Brown will be one of the most intriguing storylines to follow.
We’ll also see former Bengals assistant Paul Guenther, who is now Oakland’s defensive coordinator after serving in that role for the Bengals from 2014-17.