Even though the Bengals have a 1-1 record in the preseason, both games saw impressive performances by the team. There have been a number of injuries, ranging from severe to mere bumps, marking both games as positive barometers of the much-touted Bengals roster depth many have been talking about.
While the MVP candidates were plenty in the 30-14 win by Cincinnati in Detroit, other performances went overlooked. It's in that vein where we lay out the nominees for the Unsung Hero of the Week. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for Week 2 of the preseason!
Andy Dalton, Quarterback: It's difficult to nominate a number of productive players who played such limited snaps for the MVP, and that's where Dalton has resided the past two weeks. While AJ McCarron has received much of the fanfare (and backup playing time), Dalton has also looked sharp in just a couple of preseason drives through the first two games. The starter finished 7-of-9 for 78 yards, including a rollout beauty to Tyler Boyd. Dalton led the team's opening drive to a touchdown and he appears to be carrying the 2015 form into this season.
Jeremy Hill, Running Back: It was a nice night from a guy on a path to redemption in 2016. Though he only played early, Hill had 16 rushing yards and a touchdown. On two of his runs, Hill looked as decisive and explosive as he did as a rookie a couple of years ago, giving positive vibes to everyone after a sour end to 2015.
A.J. Green, Wide Receiver: For the second straight week, Green makes out Unsung Hero list, which is unfamiliar territory from his frequents on our MVP posts. Again, Green played limited snaps, but made the most of a couple of drives with two catches for 22 yards. The 15-yard leaping grab in the first quarter was a thing of beauty and reminded Lions fans of what they'll be missing with Calvin Johnson's retirement.
Cody Core, Wide Receiver: For the second straight week, Core had three receptions and continued to move the chains. The sixth-round rookie has been one of the most pleasant surprises of training camp and he finished with 25 yards through the air.
Floyd Raven, Safety: The guy who has hung around the past couple of preseasons had a nice evening against the Lions Thursday Night. Raven finished with three total tackles and an interception against Detroit, making his mark on some of the open secondary positions that may be available this year.
Michael Johnson, Defensive End: Some players age like fine wine and Johnson is one of them. After returning to the Bengals last offseason, Johnson proved to be active once again in Week 2 of the 2016 preseason. While his quarterback sack numbers aren't always what you want out of