Cincinnati Bengals: 2 Players Opted Out
Last season was a tough one for the Cincinnati Bengals. They finished with the worst record in the NFL but that’s not always all bad. Browns fans know all too well that this leads to having the No. 1 pick in the ensuing NFL Draft and that’s what happened for the Bengals.
With that pick, they elected to take LSU’s Joe Burrow, who has all the makings of an elite play-maker. There’s still a long way to go for Cincy as they try and turn the corner and just like the other three non-Cleveland AFC North teams, they didn’t have a lot of players opt out but they could be affected by the ones who did.
Josh Tupou, Defensive Tackle
Undrafted out of Colorado in 2017, Josh Tupou worked his way into the starting lineup last season for seven games. He finished the year with 27 tackles, three of which went for a loss. Chances are he would be hard-pressed to see as many snaps in 2020 with D.J. Reader being added to the team but his depth and experience were still huge for them.
Isaiah Prince, Offensive Tackle
A former starter at Ohio State, Isaiah Prince was taken in the sixth round by the Miami Dolphins in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played in four games for them with two starts but was waived in early December. Prince was claimed by the Bengals but never played in a game for them.
Entering 2020, Prince was expected to be a depth piece for Cincinnati and had a shot at being the swing tackle. Behind Bobby Hart and Jonah Williams — who missed his rookie season in 2019 — the Bengals are pretty thin at tackle. Hakeem Adeniji, Dugas O’Shea, and Josh Knipfel are the only tackles remaining according to their official website — although players such as Fred Johnson could also fill that role if needed. That could be problematic for them.