Driskel legs Bengals past Bucs – Cincinnati Benegals News

Driskel legs Bengals past Bucs – Cincinnati Benegals News

Jeff Driskel high-stepped it into the end zone Friday.

How good was third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel in his Bengals debut when he engineered the 23-12 victory over Tampa Bay in Friday’s pre-season opener at Paul Brown Stadium with 17 second-half points? After watching him run a zone read for an 18-yard touchdown straight out of the Best of Tim Tebow, first-string quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t quite sure if everyone realized what had just taken place. Including Driskel.

“I haven’t seen a run like that from a quarterback in this league in forever. I don’t even think he realized what he did until after the fact,” Dalton said. “I think everybody around here knows he has it in him. To make two guys run into each other and fall down, it’s pretty special.”

Bucs defensive end Channing Ward pin-balled one of his DBs after Driskel spun away on the sidelines four minutes into the second half to give the Bengals the lead for good at 13-9. Everyone knows Driskel can run. He ran for 14 TDs at Florida and he was a good enough high school center-fielder to get drafted three years after he last picked up a baseball. But how about completing all but one of his nine passes and throwing his first NFL TD pass on third-and-goal from the 8 to rookie wide receiver Josh Malone? How about a 148.6 passer rating in his Bengals’ debut?

“He did a good job managing (the game), and he’s done a great job thus far in camp,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “So his first time getting out in a game, (it was) good exposure for him.”

What didn’t Driskel do? On the do or die play to Malone, he patiently waited for him get…

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