RB - CIN
Week 2 Outlook
Bengals RB Chris Evans had nine rush attempts and gained 35 yards in the Bengals loss to the Washington Football Team in Week 2 of the preseason.
Evans is battling for the backup role behind Joe Mixon this offseason and led the Bengals in rush attempts in their Week 2 loss. He's a talented pass-catcher, but didn't catch any passes this game. He will look to get more involved in the Bengals next preseason game.
Chris Evans ran the ball 12 times for 25 and one touchdown while also catching four passes for 33 yards.
The rookie flashed his receiving ability in this game and produced a solid line in his first preseason game. Evans will battle his way up the depth chart and try and to compete for the backup role behind Joe Mixon.
Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan stated that Chris Evans has the most natural hands for a running back he has ever seen.
Fantasy managers have been hoping for a three-down workload for Joe Mixon for several years and with the release of Giovani Bernard earlier this off-season, it appeared as if that would finally come to fruition in 2021. Evans was selected in the sixth-round largely because of his receiving ability and it has already caught the attention of his new coaches in Cincinnati. If the rookie is able to carve out a role as the Bengals pass-catching back, he could provide value to fantasy managers in full-PPR leagues. This is not certain yet and the most likely scenario still involves Mixon being the primary, three-down back for Cincinnati. However, the Bengals have been reluctant to utilize the four-year pro in that kind of capacity thus far in his career, and it has led to Bernard racking up 155 catches over the past four seasons. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor how the Bengals assign backfield duties throughout this off-season.
The Cincinnati Bengals have selected RB Chris Evans with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The University of Michigan running back joins the Bengals with a ton of collegiate experience, having played 42 games but starting in just six of them. Evans' rushed for nearly 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns on 320 carries throughout his career at Michigan, tacking on 49 receptions for 479 yards and two touchdowns. He is a unique prospect due to having not played at all in 2019 based on an academic suspension. Evans logged limited carries in 2020, receiving just 16 opportunities, as he found himself in a crowded backfield. He is a powerful runner and enters the league without much wear and tear, providing a dual-threat ability with his hands and route running out of the backfield. These traits and his preserved physical condition make Evans a suitable backup to Bengals' star running back Joe Mixon.