The Cincinnati Bengals appear to have one of the biggest sleepers in the NFL on their roster.
The only problem is that he might get to play very much in 2022.
Undrafted free agent wide receiver Kendric Pryor has consistently been praised this summer by coaches and teammates.
The former Wisconsin standout had a terrific first NFL preseason game, catching four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
Pryor was the highest graded wide receiver during the first week of preseason action.
Here’s where Kendric Pryor ranks among all other WRs in the first week of preseason football:— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) August 14, 2022
🥇- PFF Receiving Grade (92.0)
🥈- PFF Offensive Grade (92.5)
Nice start for the UDFA from Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/yxsyQEHxf5
After the game, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor took some time to compliment the rookie wideout.
“He knows what to do, he goes and attacks the ball at the highest point generally,” said Taylor of Pryor. “He’s got good speed. He plays physical. It’s been really impressive what he’s been able to do over the course of training camp.”
Unfortunately for Pryor, he’s playing behind possibly the most talented wide receiver trio in the NFL. Unless Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, or Tyler Boyd suffer an injury, Pryor likely isn’t going to see the field very often this season.
There’s also the fact that Pryor hasn’t got to work much with quarterback Joe Burrow, who has missed time during training camp due to the appendectomy he underwent recently. Pryor will have to show that he can build chemistry with Burrow throughout the rest of the preseason.
Even though Pryor likely won’t make an impact with Cincinnati in 2022, his emergence as a dependable wide receiver is still huge for the Bengals.
Cincy didn’t have good wide receiver depth entering training camp. Pryor should certainly help alleviate those concerns.
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