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5 Cincinnati Bengals Players To Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2

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5 Bengals Players To Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2

Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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Cincinnati's preseason Week 2 matchup is against the New York Jets, a team that Andy Dalton, Marvin Jones and the Bengals' stout defense manhandled in last season's Week 8 matchup. This week, five Bengals role players will try and make a name for themselves; some of them are trying to earn a spot in the starting lineup, while others just hope to earn a spot on the roster.

5. Matt Scott

Matt Scott, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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5. Matt Scott

Matt Scott, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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Scott gained national attention by throwing a touchdown pass after throwing up on the field; because of this, the news of Scott's success against the Chiefs fell through the cracks. Scott, the quarterback who spent last season on the Jags' practice roster, went 7 for 11, throwing two touchdowns and zero picks in the process. Scott also rushed for 68 yards on six carries. Just cracking the lineup would be a success for Scott.

4. Dane Sanzenbacher

Dane Sanzenbacher, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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4. Dane Sanzenbacher

Dane Sanzenbacher, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Sanzenbacher made a few big plays for the Bengals last season, one of which was a 71 yard punt return touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. With Marvin Jones' foot injury, Sanzenbacher will have more opportunities to impress coaches on offense; he will also look to make some big plays on kick returns. Sanzenbacher caught a 26 yard touchdown pass in last week's loss against the Kansas City Chiefs; he will look to build on that success this week.

3. Danieal Manning

Danieal Manning, Cincinnati Bengals strong safety
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3. Danieal Manning

Danieal Manning, Cincinnati Bengals strong safety
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Manning, a veteran strong safety who last played for the Houston Texans, will look to take advantage of a weak Jets passing attack. Manning recorded four tackles last week, and he will look to further impress coaches this week and possibly even make a push for George Iloka's starting spot. Like Sanzenbacher, Manning will also look to make an impact on kick returns. Manning has already earned a spot on the roster, but that's not enough for him.

2. Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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2. Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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In his time as a Bengal, Dennard has already been so impressive that Marvin Lewis publicly announced that Dennard is the best rookie corner he's ever coached. After recording three tackles and a sack in last week's loss to the Chiefs, Dennard looks to further impress coaches and push for a starting spot, whether that is at nickel back or on the outside. Dennard is already Cincinnati's best cover corner, and coaches hope he can progress even more.

1. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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1. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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With the news of Marvin Jones' foot injury, Sanu is essentially guaranteed a starting spot for at least the first three weeks of the season. Jones has outplayed Sanu for the past two years, and Sanu hopes that he can prove that he deserves to be a starter. Bengals coaches planned to push Sanu inside to the slot, so Sanu might see some time inside; however, look for him to run the majority of his routes outside, where he will start the year.

Connor Howe is a Bengals writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @CHoweSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google