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5 Cincinnati Bengals Players To Watch In Week 3 Preseason Game

Cincinnati Bengals Preseason 2014: 5 Players To Watch In Week 3

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As the Cincinnati Bengals prepare for their third preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, five players on the roster look to prove their worth and stand out amongst their competition. Some players look to make the roster, some look to defend their starting positions and others look to guard their positions in the lineup over newcomers.

5. Brandon Tate

Brandon Tate, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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5. Brandon Tate

Brandon Tate, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Tate, the Bengals' incumbent kick returner, will likely be the starter as a kick returner and wide receiver. Tate will likely return kickoffs for the Bengals this season; however, with an open spot behind A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu as a slot receiver on opening day, Tate will look to prove himself as a receiver this week and earn a temporary spot in the starting lineup.

4. Devon Still

Devon Still, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle
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4. Devon Still

Devon Still, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle
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As Christo Bilukidi and Larry Black emerge as potential reserves, Still looks to defend his position as the fourth defensive tackle on the Bengals depth chart. A Penn State product, Still has recorded 21 career tackles with the Bengals in his first two seasons. The Bengals staff hopes Still can step up and outplay Bilukidi and Black, but Still's spot on the roster is in jeopardy as of now.

3. Cobi Hamilton

Cobi Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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3. Cobi Hamilton

Cobi Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Cobi Hamilton, an Arkansas product, spent last season on the practice squad. Bengals coaches have been looking to involve the dynamic receiver in the preseason; Hamilton took the most snaps out of any player on the Bengals' offense last week. Unfortunately, Hamilton only made two catches on 18 targets against a depleted Jets secondary. If Hamilton wants any chance to make the 53-man roster, he needs to start making some big catches.

2. Russell Bodine

Russell Bodine, Cincinnati Bengals center
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2. Russell Bodine

Russell Bodine, Cincinnati Bengals center
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After Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander essentially named Bodine the opening day starter at center this week, Bodine will look to prove his worth in this week's preseason matchup against the Cardinals. Bodine, a rookie out of North Carolina, blocked for Giovani Bernard during the RB's stint at UNC, paving the way for Bernard as he accumulated almost 2,500 yards.

1. Danieal Manning

Danieal Manning, Cincinnati Bengals defensive back
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1. Danieal Manning

Danieal Manning, Cincinnati Bengals defensive back
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Manning, a recently acquired defensive back who last played for the Houston Texans, looks to establish himself as an entity in the Bengals' secondary. Manning will likely play the Chris Crocker role in defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's defense which will emulate former that of former DC Mike Zimmer. Manning also looks to make an impact on kicks, but he will likely be unable to dethrone incumbent return man Brandon Tate.

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.