8 Dark-Horse Candidates to Make Cincinnati Bengals' Final 53-Man Roster

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8 Dark-Horse Candidates to Make Cincinnati Bengals' Final 53-Man Roster
Al Behrman/Associated Press

The Cincinnati Bengals play their first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 7, which means we are under a month away from the make-or-break points for some of the guys on the team.  Some borderline players will be ousted during training camp, but for a lot of the guys, their preseason performance will be their big opportunity to make the final roster.

A lot of attention could surround the undrafted free agent who can wind up being interesting cases.  Wes Welker and James Harrison were both successful as UDFAs, so I always get a little enamored with the performance of those guys.  This means to keep your eyes on a James Wilder Jr. or Isaiah Lewis.

Likewise, later-round draft picks are potential dark horses.  Not many fans seem to think much of most draft picks that fall in the fifth round or later, so they are worth watching as well.

Finally, even veteran players can be on the cusp.  Who can play spoiler for some of the other guys on the team and steal a spot at the last second?

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