Driskel replaced Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter of Sunday's blowout loss to the Saints and ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
Driskel ended up with two carries for 35 yards, and also completed two passes on three attempts for 45 yards. There's no quarterback controversy in Cincinnati, but it appears at least that Driskel meets the minimum standards to be a competent backup quarterback.
Veteran backup Matt Barkley got hurt early in this one, but Driskel has had a better run than him against similar competition over the preseason. We'll see if the Bengals seek out a veteran improvement to be Andy Dalton's backup or be willing to ride it out with Driskel.
Driskel struggled with accuracy throughout OTAs and minicamp, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.
With AJ McCarron (Bills) out of the picture, Driskel is competing with Matt Barkley and seventh-round rookie Logan Woodside for the backup role behind Andy Dalton. However, it doesn't sound like any of the three has emerged as a leading candidate for the job, with Barkley reportedly also struggling with accuracy this offseason, while Woodside received minimal reps during team drills. Regardless, Driskel's mere participation in 11-on-11 work throughout the spring suggests the signal caller has made a full recovery from the broken arm that required surgery this past winter.
Driskel broke his left, non-throwing arm in practice last December. It sounds like he's close to a full recovery and will at least be present for voluntary workouts this month. The 2016 sixth-rounder is currently the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart with the Bengals' incumbent backup, AJ McCarron, having signed with the Bills this offseason.
Driskel underwent surgery to repair the broken left arm he suffered in late December and isn't expected to miss time when the Bengals begin their offseason workout program in April, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Driskel, the Bengals' No. 3 quarterback last season, suffered the injury to his non-throwing arm while taking reps at wide receiver in a practice and landing awkwardly on an attempted catch. Though Driskel's surgery required the insertion of a rod into his arm for stabilization, it doesn't sound like he'll face any restrictions by the time Organized Team Activities get underway. With an arbitration ruling granting AJ McCarron free agency status this spring and the signal caller not expected to re-sign with Cincinnati, Driskel could enter training camp as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, barring the Bengals adding other experienced or NFL-ready options via trade, free agency or the draft.
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