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Chalk Talk Rookie Report: Recapping the 2020 Bengals rookie class

Matt and John talk about how the Bengals rookies performed in 2020.

The Bengals drafted seven players in 2020 and they all made the team. Matt Minich and John Sheeran take a look at each of them and how they performed over the course of the season.

Of course, first-overall-pick Joe Burrow was the big name. He showed all the makings of a star quarterback before being lost for the season to injury. What does Burrow need to work on to take his game to the next level in 2021?

Burrow wasn’t the only rookie getting it done in Cincinnati in 2020. Tee Higgins was a break-out star in his rookie season. The Clemson product showed that he was a steal in the top of the 2nd Round. What does he do well and where does he need to improve?

The Bengals tripled-down at the linebacker position drafting Logan Wilson in the third round, Akeem Davis-Gaither in the fourth round, and rounding out the draft with Markus Bailey in the seventh round. Wilson and Davis-Gaither saw action from the beginning of the season, particularly on third down packages. Both showed massive potential. Bailey did not manage to get on the field as much defensively. How does this trio fit in with the Bengals’ future defensively?

The Bengals drafted offensive and defensive linemen as well. Fifth-round pick Khalid Kareem played a significant role as a defensive end and sixth-round pick Hakeem Adeniji started a few games at offensive tackle. How do their futures look in Cincinnati?

Matt and John take a look at each of these rookies and a few plays from the second half of the 2020 season.