Bengals vs Giants : The all-important third preseason game kicks off tonight for the Bengals, as they’ll make their 2019 home debut when they host the Giants at Paul Brown Stadium.
Normally, this is when we see the healthy starters play for an entire half, but based on Zac Taylor’s comments, we may be seeing a lot of guys like Ryan Finley and Jeff Driskel tonight.
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Zac Taylor leads the Cincinnati Bengals onto the field at Paul Brown Stadium for the first time Thursday night for a preseason encounter with the New York Giants.
On the running back front, it seems unlikely that Saquon Barkley would suit up before week one in Dallas.
Rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton could make his debut after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury while veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree (calf) likely won’t see the field.
Cincinnati Bengals starters will see their most significant action of the preseason Thursday night versus the New York Giants. The third preseason game is treated like a dress rehearsal for NFL teams.
Zac Taylor doesn’t plan to have his first-stringers play the entire first half or into the third quarter.
“I feel confident that we will get good work in, however long that is in the first half. Guys will be ready to play against Seattle,” Taylor said this week. “We will not play (starters) the first half and into the third quarter like it has been done in the past.”
Regardless of how many snaps the starters play, Thursday night is going to be the most extensive look at the Bengals’ first unit until Week 1 in Seattle.
Here’s what to watch Bengals vs Giants on Thursday night: First-string offense
Andy Dalton and the first-string offense have accounted for one touchdown and one interception entering the third preseason game. The ninth-year quarterback is 12-of-18 passing for 116 yards and he’s thrown one interception.
The two starting receivers while A.J. Green is out, Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone, have combined for seven receptions for 69 yards.