With the preseason looming for the Cincinnati Bengals, it's time to give their rookies one last examination before the true tests begin. OK, so maybe the preseason can't be classified as a "true test," but it will be their first NFL game-time experience.
At this point, a lot of these rookies have gotten off to hot starts—Darqueze Dennard was receiving praises even at the start of OTAs, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com (h/t Jason Marcum of Cincy Jungle), Russell Bodine has himself set up to likely start at center, and even UDFA Trey Hopkins made some noise by seeing first-team action during OTAs.
Where do these guys stand now? It was easy at the time to speculate that they were in a good position, but things may definitely have changed following a couple of weeks of training camp. Further, what about the guys I haven't mentioned, such as Jeremy Hill or James Wilder Jr.?
On a side note, how loaded is this team with talent? I was ready to write the season off after the loss to San Diego in January, but the Bengals have had yet another stellar offseason that saw them add a slew of young, talented players—hey, it can be a successful offseason without adding a big-name player.
How are the rookies fairing this far into the offseason?