Cincinnati Bengals rookie lineup gives strong potential for a winning 2017-2018 Season.
With preseason games beginning, the Cincinnati Bengals rookie lineup is gearing up to rebound from a disappointing 2016 season, where the Bengals finished with a record of 6-9-1. Since adding a few key players in the offseason, such as first-round draft pick WR John Ross, they hope to return to the playoffs after being out of the mix in 2016.
Many of the rookie players that are expected to make an impact for the Bengals on the field this season are African-American. These players hope to lead the Bengals to a winning season, and back to the playoffs.
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John Ross, the No. 9 overall selection in the NFL Draft, has been a widely discussed draft pick, especially after breaking the NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dash record. The Bengals already have a top-ranked wide receiver in A.J. Green, but they have struggled to find a complement on the outside. Although the Bengals have historically brought along rookies slowly, the door is open for Ross to rise to a starting spot this season. If he stays healthy, the Bengals have a legitimate chance to return to the playoffs in 2017.
Andrew Billings, from Waco, Texas, attended Baylor University and was declared “College Football’s Strongest Player” by NFL.com in early 2016. Although not an official rookie, he was sidelined with a knee injury in a practice before his 2016 NFL rookie season could begin. The Bengals have high hopes for his performance this season, and he is expected to be the starting nose tackle following Domata Peko’s departure.
The Bengals second round draft pick out of Oklahoma, Joe Mixon, will begin his first preseason as the fourth man out of Cincy’s backfield, meaning that he could potentially get 15-20 carries a game right from the start of the regular season.
Carl Lawson is expected to play heavy snaps at both linebacker and defensive end as a rookie. Marvin Lewis commented on his performance so far in training camp; “He’s trying to be impressive. Well, he’s impressed me enough.” He also compared Lawson favorably to David Pollack, a first-round pick of the Bengals in 2005 and is excited for what Lawson has the potential to bring to the Bengals roster this season.
The Bengals second preseason game will be played against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium on August 19 at 7 p.m. The Cincinnati Bengals rookie lineup have an exciting season ahead, including a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Houston Texans on September 14 and a rival Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4.
Tickets for these games and more can be purchased online or by calling 513-621-8383. Discount tickets can also be found on Groupon. Check out the Bengals 2017-18 Season schedule and keep an eye out for these African-American rookies making an impact on the field.