Much of the talk surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason was about how the team had gotten younger and faster in an effort to overcome some of its major deficiencies from last year.
But when game day finally got here, where was all of that youth that we had heard so much about? They were sitting on the sidelines, where all Marvin Lewis rookies sit on opening day.
On offense, John Ross, the Bengals’ first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft and the man who set the NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash with a blazing time of 4.21, was inactive as he attempts to recover from a sore knee. Ross was able to practice and probably could have played.
Josh Malone, a fourth-round pick by Cincinnati this year who himself was one of the fastest receivers at the combine, was inactive.

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