The Cincinnati Bengals‘ battle for backup running back continues to heat up!

Chris Evans, listed as the third-stringer in the team’s unofficial depth chart, has been making noise throughout training camp. In the first offensive drive of the preseason for the Bengals, Evans made his presence felt.

On a first-down run, Evans went off for close to 70 yards. Shoutout to the offensive line for the blocking, but this was a pretty great bounce outside from Evans to get into open space.

The second-year running back showed off his speed beating the crashing defensive back to get to the sidelines.

But this is the NFL and sometimes, refs can’t help it. They need to take away our fun. And so, there was a flag on the play.

What’s worse is that the call was pretty weak. Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss was flagged for offensive holding even though he disengaged quickly from the block.

But every time a defender pulls away from his blocker without success while being the closest player to the ball, chances are the ref is throwing the flag. The Bengals’ running back’s luck didn’t get any better the following drive as another Moss holding took a touchdown from him.

Even still, Chris Evans’ play here was impressive. And fans and media are noticing. He continues his rise as he tries to take away the RB2 role from Samaje Perine.

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