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5 Cincinnati Bengals Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 3

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Cincinnati Bengals 2014 Preseason: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 3

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After beating the Arizona Cardinals in their SNF matchup, the Bengals will return to Cincinnati impressed by a few players who helped contribute to the team's first victory of the preseason. The Cincinnati starters held their own on defense, and Andy Dalton, although he was unable to throw a touchdown pass, looked good out there on the field.

5. Quinn Sharp

Quinn Sharp, Cincinnati Bengals kicker/punter
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5. Quinn Sharp

Quinn Sharp, Cincinnati Bengals kicker/punter
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Sharp, the Bengals' backup kicker and punter, will definitely land on an NFL roster soon. Sharp has been solid during his time with the Bengals; he has a convincing argument to make the practice squad, especially after Kevin Huber suffered a broken jaw during last year's season. Last night, Sharp nailed 34-yard and 51-yard field goals; if the Bengals don't keep him on their practice squad, other teams could come calling soon.

4. Cobi Hamilton

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and Cobi Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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4. Cobi Hamilton

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and Cobi Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Hamilton has been given every opportunity to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, and he seems to finally be earning it. After a bad performance against the New York Jets, Hamilton came down with three catches for 42 yards. He has the dynamic playmaking ability that Bengals coaches look for in their receivers, and Cincinnati brass recognizes that. Hamilton could potentially start outside or in the slot in Cincinnati's Week 1 matchup in Baltimore.

3. Emmanuel Lamur

Emmanuel Lamur, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker
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3. Emmanuel Lamur

Emmanuel Lamur, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker
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Lamur missed the 2013 season due to a shoulder injury, and he is looking strong this preseason, which is a good sign for the Bengals. Cincinnati's starting strong-side linebacker tallied up two tackles and an amazing quarterback pressure that gave Carson Palmer absolutely no time to throw. Lamur is the Bengals' best coverage linebacker, which is a very important position in the 4-3 defense. He will be an X-factor for Cincinnati this year.

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 looks excited for the 2014 season. With Marvin Jones out for Cincinnati's first 3-4 weeks, Sanu looks to be the man to take pressure off of A.J. Green. All preseason long, Sanu has made big plays with his hands and feet, and he caught five passes for 70 yards against the Cardinals. Although it hurts to lose Jones, it helps that Sanu is playing some of the best football of his career.

1. Terence Newman

Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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1. Terence Newman

Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback
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Newman's first two highlights of last night's game both consisted of Michael Floyd frying him down the right sideline and Carson Palmer overthrows. Newman is lucky to not have given up a touchdown on either one of those plays. However, the 35-year-old veteran showed insane mental toughness, coming back to pick off a Carson Palmer pass and take it to the house for the Bengals' only touchdown of the evening and his second pick of the preseason.

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.