Week 4 of the preseason usually pits backups with teammates they're largely unfamiliar with because of limited time together in camp. The finale with the Bengals hosting the Colts on Thursday night didn't provide a bunch of big plays or many moments to write home about, but some Cincinnati players did leave their mark in the contest, including the final three nominees for this week's MVP. Unfortunately, many of the best players from the preseason finale didn't survive roster cuts.
In what will likely be some players' final MVP bid of the year, here are out preseason Week 4 MVP nominees.
Keith Wenning, QB: Wenning had a solid preseason finale, all things considered. He finished 12-of-24 for 150 yards, with one touchdown and one interception against Indianapolis. While those aren't overly-gaudy numbers, his toughness was uncanny, as he continued to play through many vicious hits from Colts defenders.
Tra Carson, RB: While it wasn't a banner evening for either of the Cincinnati reserve running backs, Carson did churn out yards on the ground and through the air. He combined for 76 all-purpose yards (42 rushing, 34 receiving), and doled out punishment to Colts defenders with the ball in his hand.
Alonzo Russell, WR: The underdog receiver had the Bengals' only touchdown of the night, on a 15-yard catch-and-run from Wenning. He possesses a lot of traits that may have the Bengals eager to keep him around on the practice squad in 2016. He finished with two catches for 22 yards and the score.
Jake Kumerow, WR: It may have been too little, too late for the big receiver and his bid for the final roster, but he made some really nice plays on Thursday night. He was Cincinnati's leading receiver with three catches for 60 yards--all first down conversions. With the emergence of Alex Erickson and Cody Core this preseason, Kumerow didn't make the roster, but might still be a project guy for the 2016 practice squad.
Alex Erickson, WR: Speaking of Erickson, he didn't keep up his one-touchdown-per-game average, but did turn heads again, along with Kumerow. He ended the evening with two punt returns for 18 yards and three catches for 44 yards against the Colts.
Trevor Roach, LB: The linebacker from Nebraska had a whale of a night against the Colts after spending the 2015 season on the team's practice squad. He finished with 11 total tackles and was incredibly active on the evening. He really made a statement against the Colts, which likely helped him win his spot on the roster.
Nick Vigil, LB: The rookie out of Utah State does seem to be more of a chase-and-tackle guy over a big-play linebacker, but he had some "wow" moments in the finale. Vigil finished with four total tackles and a very athletic leaping interception right before halftime to take points off the board for the Colts.