The highlights of the NFL offseason activities are the early wave of totally free company and the preliminary of the NFL draft. For most casual fans, this is where the majority of their attention is concentrated on. Unfortunately, that implies they may miss out on some under-the-radar deals that can be crucial pieces to a group’s success for the upcoming season.
Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report noted 7 such additions that some folks might have missed out on however can be intriguing gamers for their groups in 2022. And a Cincinnati Bengals gamer made the list.
That gamer was tight end Hayden Hurst, being available in at No. 5 on the list.
“Hurst might be one of the most unlucky players in the NFL. After the Ravens took him in the first round of the 2018 draft, he only caught 13 passes for 163 yards in his first season. By his second year, Mark Andrews had become a bona fide weapon.
Then he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons, where he posted respectable numbers as the team’s top tight end. He drew 88 targets and converted them into 56 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns.”
It is quite simple to neglect Hurst, as he has actually successfully been passed over by another tight end on 2 groups now (Mark Andrews in Baltimore, Kyle Pitts in Atlanta). This time, there is no tight end to surpass him, unless Drew Sample suddenly breaks out this season. Hurst has an opportunity to silently be an essential piece of the Bengals offense as defenses concentrate on Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.