The Cincinnati Bengals gave the Seattle Seahawks all they could handle on Sunday, nearly pulling off one of the bigger upsets on the Week 1 slate. The Bengals went into that game as heavy underdogs, but got a strong start from quarterback Andy Dalton, who looked very good in Zac Taylor’s offense.
For Dalton, a resurgent year could mean he stays on in Cincinnati, as he and Taylor have looked comfortable together so far. However, the Bengals still do not figure to be a dominant team in 2019, and when all is said and done, they could be picking within the top five selections next April.
With that pick, Cincinnati should look to do something to bolster the pass rush, and A.J. Espenesa is one of the best in this draft class at getting after the quarterback. He has proven to be a dominant player for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and for the Bengals, he would step right in and give them another pass rushing threat in a very tough AFC North division.
The Bruce Arians-Jameis Winston marriage got off to a rough start on Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were throttled by the San Francisco 49ers at home. Winston barely completed half of his passes, and threw three interceptions in the game, as the 49ers cruised to a blowout victory in the second half.
For Winston, if he cannot get his career back on track playing for Arians, there is really no hope of him being the future in Tampa Bay any longer. The 2020 NFL Draft class has a couple of first round arms in it, and if the Buccaneers continue to struggle, they could put themselves in position to grab one.
Justin Herbert bounced back from a tough loss to Auburn in Week 1 to throw five touchdown passes in Week 2 to five different receivers. He would have been a first round pick in 2019, but decided to return to Oregon to play with his brother, and by the time April rolls around, he is certain to be a top-10 pick, starting a new era in Tampa.