3 things: Bengals vs. Chiefs, Preseason Game 1

08/07/2014 10:38 AM

Tonight, football is back! It’s just the preseason, but the wait for NFL football is finally over. The Bengals will take on the Chiefs tonight at 8 p.m. Here are three things to watch:

1. Not the starters. I know everyone is excited to see their favorite Bengals stars suit up and take the field, but don’t expect to see much of them… especially the $115 million man. Head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear that Andy Dalton will play just one or two series in tonight’s game. The rest of the starters won’t see much time either. There’s quite a few others that won’t play at all. While Andrew Whitworth, Geno Atkins, Marvin Jones and Jermaine Gresham (and others) have all been cleared for practice, they won’t see the field tonight. The importance of the first preseason game is to get some live action but keep everyone healthy.

2. Russell Bodine. The rookie will have the opportunity to start at center in tonight’s game. While his consistent play has drawn praise from coaches, we’ve also seen struggles with his snaps. He’s sent plenty of shotgun snaps wide of their mark. A lot of eyes will be on Bodine to see how he performs in a game setting.

3. The rest of the rookies. Bodine is a specific rookie to keep an eye on because of the importance of the center position, but there are plenty of other rookies to watch. This is their first shot at proving they can play at this level and trying to get noticed by the coaches. Plenty of attention will be on Darqueze Dennard as the first round draft pick. Some other rookies to watch: Jeremy Hill and his struggles with fumbles, Ryan Hewitt who looks like a favorite at TE/H-back, James Wright fighting for one of the last WR spots, and Marquis Flowers’ tacking and trash talk.

Kaci Kust

Kaci joined cn|2 in May 2012 and is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. After playing basketball in college, Kaci chose to follow her passion for sports and become a sports reporter. In fact, she says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. Follow Kaci on Twitter @KaciKustCN2.

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