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A mid-round rookie should help turn around a defensive unit that was deplorable in 2018." AnalysisVideosThe Orange & Black Insider2019 Bengals breakout players: Germaine PrattNew Renell Wren Cincinnati Bengals Jersey ,2commentsA mid-round rookie should help turn around a defensive unit that was deplorable in 2018. EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:2019 Bengals breakout players: Germaine PrattTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailOne of Zac Taylor’s early moves as the Bengals’ head coach was to terminate the contract for Vontaze Burfict. It was a predictable decision, given Burfict’s recent decline in play and his frequency on the sidelines for a variety of reasons. With No. 55 going off to Oakland, a notable opening at weakside linebacker needed addressing in the NFL Draft. Cincinnati used one of its usual third-round picks on one of the steadiest and well-rounded players in Pratt. Pratt could be a guy who could play a number of linebacker spots, while sporting an enigmatic football background. One of the culture shifts from Marvin Lewis to Taylor could be in the increased willingness to play youngsters and few in this year’s crop of Bengals rookies seem to be ready right now than Pratt. Why he could break out in 2019There are really two reasons why Pratt could succeed in a big way this year: necessity and talent. For the former, Burfict leaves big shoes to fill on defense. Sure, he was a shell of himself the past two seasons, but when he was healthy and had his mind right, he was one of the league’s best linebackers, not to mention the spark plug for big plays on defense. Pratt brings a well-rounded skill set to put himself in a position to start in base packages. As a senior at North Carolina State, Pratt racked up six sacks and 104 tackles, while racking up four interceptions the previous three seasons with the Wolfpack. And while “The Devin’s” were the most coveted players in the position group in this year’s class, Pratt may be known as the most well-rounded Renell Wren Jersey 2019 , as far as college tape is concerned. After a roller coaster ride with Burfict, a bit of steadiness would be a welcomed respite. As for the latter, Pratt probably won’t be a guy who makes game-altering plays with as much frequency as Burfict, but his college tape and pre-draft workouts do show some explosiveness. Aside from the aforementioned college stats, Pratt put up a 4.57-second 40-yard dash time, as well as some decent jumps. While those don’t wow everyone like the numbers from Devin White and Devin Bush do, Pratt was a versatile player on defense last year. He occasionally lined up on the edge and moved well in space for first-contact tackles,. Pratt also knocked away nine passes (a nod to his previous pedigree as a safety), as well as both recovering and forcing three fumbles apiece in his NCAA career. What he needs to prove this yearWhen Taylor took over the Bengals’ head coaching post, he preached character from the players he put on the roster. Pratt was known as a guy who is mature and and one who could be counted upon to be in the right spot on defense. The rookie will need to parlay that maturity into production this year. Taylor’s staff likes what Pratt brings to the table, but with his having just one true year of starting linebacker experience in college, he’ll need to be ahead of the learning curve. Furthermore Renell Wren Jersey Mens , Pratt’s seemingly well-rounded skill set would be a huge boost to a defense that has employed guys at the position with profile molds of the 1990s. For a long time, Cincinnati’s linebackers have not done well in pass coverage, but Pratt’s background could bring this facet to the defense. Finally, Pratt will need to have the oh-so-desirable trait of availability. Whether it was Burfict’s health and antics that kept him off of the field, or the myriad of injuries that hit the group last year, Pratt will need to be a guy they can count on to be on the field for most, if not all of the season. If you’re unable to join us live for here at Cincy Jungle or YouTube every episode, all Orange and Black Insider content is available here on CJ, the Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play Music apps, our YouTube channel, as well as through Megaphone and Youth Renell Wren Jersey , as always, on iTunes! You can tweet us @BengalsOBI or get in touch with us via email at email@example.com. Thanks for listening and go subscribe to our channels! LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Dwayne Haskins told himself before his second NFL preseason game that he wouldn’t throw two interceptions like a week earlier.Haskins accomplished that, threw a touchdown pass and lost a fumble in the Washington Redskins‘ 23-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. The first-round pick made strong throws and his share of mistakes, while fellow rookie Ryan Finley continued to make his case to be Cincinnati’s backup quarterback with yet another impressive outing.“It’s just fun to get out there,” Finley said. “I feel like it’s been so long. Just to get out there and play in a game is fun. You try to make practices as game-like as possible, but just getting out there for me, it’s just refreshing.”Article continues below ...Haskins threw a 55-yard TD pass to camp standout Robert Davis and was 7 of 14 for 114 yards with a sack fumble. The 15th overall pick showed poise under pressure and made progress from his Redskins debut.“I was just trying to move the ball down the field, make some decisions, don’t put the ball in harm’s way,” Haskins said. “When I play, I just play. I don’t really want to think about making the same mistake twice or missing a throw. Just let it go and move on to the next one.”Haskins was far from perfect but looked more effective than veteran Case Keenum White Renell Wren Jersey , who played the first three drives and was 3 of 7 for 52 yards. Keenum, who Washington acquired from Denver, said he was left wanting more, but feels the first-team offense is improving with an eye on Week 1 at Philadelphia.“I thought we did some good things,” Keenum said. “There’s always going to be some plays I want back, and there’s a few plays that I definitely want back. But I thought we did well.”Keenum, Haskins and longtime backup Colt McCoy are competing to be the Redskins’ Week 1 starter. McCoy has yet to play in the preseason while he deals with lingering pain from a broken leg last year.After already passing Jeff Driskell on Cincinnati’s depth chart, Finley again showed why he’s now the favorite to back up Andy Dalton. The fourth-round pick out of N.C. State completed his first nine passes and was 20 of 26 for 150 yards with two TD passes.“He was very cool and calm, and we’ve got a lot of confidence with him in there,” first-year Bengals coach Zac Taylor said.DALTON’S DAYDalton was 5 of 9 for 36 yards and an interception in three series before giving way to Finley. Redskins defensive lineman Daron Payne tipped Dalton’s third-down pass in the red zone, and safety Montae Nicholson picked it off and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown.“If the ball didn’t get tipped, it was going to be a touchdown Nick Vigil Jersey White ,” Dalton said. “Unfortunately it just went the other way with it. That’s one of those things — balls don’t find the ground very much when they get tipped. It was exactly how you draw it up. We had a great play call, and unfortunately it got tipped.”FLAG PARTYThe first six plays of the game featured seven flags, and the penalty parade continued all night. The Bengals and Redskins combined for 22 penalties that added up to 195 yards.“Still the penalties, man,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “It’s the same old theme. It’s something we’ve got to get cleaned up.”PUNT RETURN FIREWORKSBengals receiver Alex Erickson returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. It’s the second consecutive week the Redskins allowed a punt return TD as they get accustomed to new special teams coach Nate Kaczor.INJURIESBengals: WR John Ross remained out with a hamstring injury. … WR A.J. Green is expected to miss the start of the season following ankle surgery.Redskins: Tim Settle left the game with a knee injury, though Gruden expects the defensive lineman to be OK. … RT Morgan Moses left with a hamstring injury. … Rookie LB Cole Holcomb (shoulder) and WR Terry McLaurin (tailbone) did not play. … RB Shaun Wilson injured his left ankle on Erickson’s punt return and had to be carted off.UP NEXTBengals: Host the New York Giants in each team’s third preseason game Aug. 22.Redskins: Hope to get McCoy some action when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 22.