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Twitter reactions from Bengals’ preseason finale vs. Dolphins

The best Twitter had to offer in Bengals loss against the Dolphins to close out the preseason.

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The Cincinnati Bengals managed to finish the preseason under .500 after losing 29-26 to the Miami Dolphins. That isn’t what most fans care about, as this marked the first time we saw Joe Burrow on the field again.

We didn’t get to see the starting defense after they earned their game off. However, there was still plenty to watch in this game.

Burrow is back

The moment many Bengals were highly anticipating finally happened. Joe Burrow suited up for the Bengals and took the field. Sure, it was only for three snaps, but Week 1 was never a sure thing when he went down in November of 2020 with an ACL injury.

Now the focus can shift to how this team will play in 2021 with Burrow at the wheel.

Ja’Marr Chase still finding his hands

Chase hasn’t had the most ideal preseason. He dropped three passes in Week 2 and dropped his only target on a screen with Burrow’s only pass of the game.

No one should be hitting the panic button on Chase who is still getting back up to speed on live reps in games after the last time he took the field was when he and Burrow won the National Championship at LSU.

One question is whether it was worth possibly risking it by leaving the rookie in the game longer than a series to get those reps.

Younger guys making most of last preseason game

There were a couple of young backups who weren’t content to go out of the preseason without making some big plays.

The first was Khalid Kareem in his second year as an edge player. He started off the final preseason game by batting the ball of out the quarterbacks hand and then finishing the three-and-out by getting the sack. Cincinnati will need plenty of that with Joseph Ossai set to miss the season.

The other young guy was running back Chris Evans. The Michigan running back was a sixth round selection and was viewed as a risky selection after not really playing much the past couple of seasons after academic issues.

It is now safe to say he will find a role in this offense as a pass catching back.

Evan McPherson kicks all doubt out of the stadium

When the Bengals’ spent their fifth round selection on McPherson it was pretty clear that he was going to be given every opportunity to become the starter.

McPherson took that opportunity and nailed it. He did so well that Taylor gave him a chance at a 57-yard field goal before the half and the rookie turned it into a moment that broke Bengals’ twitter.

Play of the game

Trent Taylor was Johnny on the spot on this fourth-down play that set up a touchdown. The veteran clearly left it all off the field trying to turn this lucky play into points.

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