Jones, who spurned the Bengals in favor of the Detroit Lions during free agency, gave his old team a bit of trouble, catching four passes for 65 yards, including a 32-yarder from Matthew Stafford on the first drive of Thursday's preseason game. Jones' departure, along with the exit of Mohamed Sanu to the Atlanta Falcons, has left the Bengals with the problem of trying to find a suitable No. 2 wide receiver behind A.J. Green.
Rookie Tyler Boyd just might be that solution.
Boyd, the Bengals' 2016 second-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, continued his standout preseason in a 30-14 win, catching two passes (he was targeted three times) for 38 yards and a touchdown. The first of those catches came on third-and-4 on the Bengals' first drive of the game. Boyd and Andy Dalton connected for a 26-yard gain that kept the drive alive, eventually resulting in a 9-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill. Boyd, who had a 40-yard reception in the preseason opener, concluded the first half by taking a short pass from backup quarterback AJ McCarron 12 yards for a score.
QB depth chart: Not much to see here. Dalton played three series, or most of the first half, completing 7 of 9 passes for 78 yards. McCarron, who has a firm hold on the backup spot, entered in the first quarter and played into the fourth quarter, completing 10 of 15 passes for 95 yards, highlighted by the touchdown to Boyd. The Bengals will likely keep only two quarterbacks, with Keith Wenning possibly taking a spot on the practice squad.
Maybe that dude could start: It's safe to say that the Bengals aren't looking to replace Shawn Williams or George Iloka anytime soon. But they might try to get second-year safety Derron Smith more playing time in 2016. Smith was known as a ball hawk at Fresno State, finishing with 15 career interceptions. He showed off some of those talents on Thursday, intercepting Dan Orlovsky's pass and running it back for a 60-yard touchdown.
Who got hurt?: The Bengals' injury woes continued on Thursday night when tackle Jake Fisher was carted off in the first half with a right leg injury. Fisher, who was starting at right tackle in place of the injured Cedric Ogbuehi, walked off the field next to athletic trainers after his right leg appeared to be rolled on by another player. Fisher walked to the cart on his own accord. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth started Thursday's game after missing the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but wide receiver Brandon LaFell did not play.
Surprise player who impressed: It might not be much of a surprise after a solid performance last week, when he led the team with six tackles, but rookie linebacker Nick Vigil looked solid for the second game in a row. Vigil spent time at both middle and weakside linebacker on Thursday and had five tackles. At this point, any sort of consistency for the rookies is key.
What it was starters vs. starters, Bengals looked...: Inconsistent. The Bengals' starting defense was gashed through the air on the first series. Stafford had three passing plays of 10 or more yards on the first drive, including passes of 19 and 32 yards to Jones. However, the Bengals held when it counted, forcing the Lions to kick a field goal. The Lions were forced to punt on their next two drives.
The Bengals looked efficient on their first offensive drive, marching 74 yards down the field on a drive that concluded with a 14-yard pass to Brandon Tate and then Hill's touchdown. But after the hot start, the Bengals went three-and-out on their next two drives.
One reason to be concerned: The Bengals are toeing a concerning line with injuries. If Ogbuehi and Fisher are out for any length of time, the Bengals will have to turn to Eric Winston, who filled in for Fisher after he went down. Although Whitworth came back on Thursday, if he were to go out again, Trey Hopkins -- who has spent most of his career as a guard -- would be the next likely option at tackle.
An off night for Nugent: It was not kicker Mike Nugent's best outing. Nugent missed an extra point attempt wide left in the first half and also sent a 45-yard field goal wide left in the third quarter. Nugent later boomed a 50-yard field goal, however.