A look at a few Cincinnati Bengals offensive players who made strong impressions in Thursday night's preseason opener at Kansas City:
Andy Dalton: Cincinnati's starting signal-caller was impressive on his lone drive, going 3-for-5 and 71 yards in the passing game. The highlights of his night were his three straight completions to start the series, including a 53-yard first-down pass to A.J. Green.
Matt Scott: The third-string quarterback played well in relief of fellow backup Jason Campbell, who left in the third quarter with an elbow injury. Scott helped spark a comeback (that still came up two points short) that was capped by two touchdown passes and a two-point conversion. Scott was 7-for-11 with 66 yards in the air. He also rushed for a team-high 68 yards.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Think Green-Ellis' time with the Bengals is done? The veteran subtly said "think again" with his play against Kansas City. He only had four carries in limited action, but he picked up 19 yards to average 4.8 yards per carry. His longest run was 8 yards.
Jeremy Hill: The rookie also had an impressive outing in limited action, running six times for 36 yards. Those yards made him the Bengals' most productive running back. Only Scott had more rushing yards, many of which came on a 25-yard scramble.
Rex Burkhead: Visited before and after the game by Jack Hoffman, the 8-year-old brain cancer survivor (whose tumor, previously in remission, recently started growing) he befriended while playing at Nebraska, Burkhead ran with purpose Thursday night. He picked up 21 yards on his five carries, including a 9-yarder that came after he spun and fell forward a few extra steps while avoiding a tackle. Burkhead continues fighting for a roster spot.
Ryan Hewitt: Technically, Hewitt could be listed with the tight ends, but since he is playing out of the backfield often as an H-back, it made sense for him to be included here, too. It's possible he fills the role the Bengals hoped Orson Charles would have last year. Hewitt caught two passes for 15 yards.
A.J. Green: The fourth-year Pro Bowl wideout only caught two passes, but both were spectacular grabs. The first came when he had to reach out into a near-dive as he hauled in a 9-yard reception from Dalton. The second was the 53-yard bomb he caught right in stride after running past Kansas City's secondary.
Dane Sanzenbacher: As he competes for one of the final receiver spots, Sanzenbacher will want to continue having performances like Thursday's. He caught two passes for 46 yards, with one of them resulting in a 26-yard touchdown reception from Campbell. The score came after Sanzenbacher dove from about 4 yards out and hit the pylon with the ball. Along with the touchdown, he also averaged 29.3 yards on his three kick returns; the most any Bengal had. His longest return was 34 yards. He had another 52-yard return that was called back after James Wright was flagged for a block in the back.
Wright: Speaking of Wright, excluding that special-teams penalty, he had a relatively encouraging night. He caught two passes, one of them a 9-yard touchdown.
Trey Hopkins: Since we devoted an entire post to the offensive line Friday morning, we're going to avoid highlighting the entire unit, but Hopkins stood out for the way he handled his first NFL game. Fellow rookie Russell Bodine was good overall, but had a couple of noticeable miscues, including one that led to a sack. Marshall Newhouse also had a noteworthy night protecting Dalton and Campbell.