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Cincinnati Bengals Preseason 2014: 5 Players Who Stood Out in Week 2

Cincinnati Bengals Preseason 2014: 5 Players Who Stood Out in Week 2

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Although the Bengals lost in their Week 2 Preseason matchup against the New York Jets, numerous Bengals players stood out. Some reserves for the Bengals made a few impact plays, but the starters played the best football for the Bengals in the game. Here are five Bengals players who made their marks.

5. Margus Hunt

Margus Hunt, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end
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5. Margus Hunt

Margus Hunt, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end
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Hunt, the Bengals' second-round pick from last year's draft, is competing for snaps as a starter on the Bengals' ferocious D-line. Hunt stood out in Saturday's game because of the leadership he showed in defending Terence Newman from Willie Colon after Newman picked off a pass by Geno Smith. Hunt also racked up three tackles, one for loss. He will compete with Wallace Gilberry for a starting spot opposite Carlos Dunlap this season.

4. A.J. Green

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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4. A.J. Green

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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A.J. Green is the best receiver in the AFC and arguably the second-best receiver in the NFL. For this reason, it is no surprise that Green keeps standing out and making big plays. He makes everything he does look effortless, racking up three receptions for 69 yards and scorching the Jets' secondary in the few snaps that he took.

3. Terence Newman

Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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3. Terence Newman

Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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Newman picked off a pass from Geno Smith in the first quarter, and also recorded three tackles (one for loss) and one pass deflection. This is good news for him, as he is still proving that he can compete at age 35. The two-time Pro Bowler hopes to start for the Bengals through this season, acting as a mentor for young defensive backs such as Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick and Shawn Williams.

2. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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2. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Sanu's 43-yard touchdown reception, highlighted by a unique touchdown dance, was possibly the play of the week. Sanu has a penchant for making big plays, and has made numerous notable one-handed grabs. He even threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green back in 2012. Sanu's performance against the Jets solidified him as a starter for the Bengals heading into the 2014 season.

1. Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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1. Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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Dalton's dominant game against the Jets was the best performance of the 2014 preseason so far. Dalton completed all eight of his passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, averaging 18 yards per pass while posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating. The "Red Rifle" has Bengals fans excited to see what he will be able to accomplish in 2014 after signing a deal that could make him a rich man if he plays well.

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