7 Takeaways from the Bengals Mock Game

Bengals mock game observations

1) Center may still be a huge problem for this team

Billy Price has had problems snapping the ball the entire camp and it does not matter if it’s snapping from a shotgun or under center. You have to wonder if the injury that kept him sidelined through much of the off-season kept him from practicing with a quarterback under center. When drafting a center at number one you have to think he can at least execute a snap cleanly. So far Price has not mastered this at all and this hopefully will get fixed and will not develop into a major problem. It looks like the answer will be Trey Hopkins if Price cannot get the problem solved.

2) Tyler Boyd looks like the slot receiver

Boyd has had a great camp so far and is running crisp routes and catching the ball. Last year’s number one draft choice Jon Ross has had a hard time catching the ball, but so far it looks like the Bengals will be using Ross split wide as the number three receiver.

3) Tyler Eifert

Eifert did not play in the mock game and maybe that was just a precaution. If it is I am fine with it, but a lot of this team’s offensive success may depend on a healthy Eifert, especially if Jon Ross can’t get it done.

4) Is the offensive line any better?

Your guess is as good as mine at this point. A mock game really shows us very little upfront except we found at out, at least at this moment, that Trey Hopkins and Bobby Hart look to be starters.

5) The defense actually got some turnovers

New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin loves turnovers and this team did come up with a couple of picks. Interceptions have been fairly rare the last couple of years for the Bengals, but with the secondary they have, it could be a big part to having a turnaround season for the men in Orange and Black.

6) Jeff Driskel is better than A.J. McCarron

Driskel threw a long TD pass that won the scrimmage and had a solid preseason last year that came to a crashing end because of a season-ending injury. Driskel looks sharp and ready to go.

7) Cordy Glenn looks like the answer on Palmer’s blind side

The defensive ends really did not pressure the quarterbacks until Cordy Glenn left the game. If Glenn stays healthy he could be a huge steal for the Bengals.

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