Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/13
With first preseason games being the time for backups and those on the roster bubble to get extensive playing time Josh Johnson and Dane Sanzenbacher made the most of their opportunities on Thursday night. In a 34-10 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome Johnson directed the Bengals to four scoring drives and Sanzenbacher had two second-half touchdowns. The 24-point win is the largest in team history in an exhibition opener. “It was nice to make good on the opportunities” said Sanzenbacher who had 2 receptions for a team-high 59 yards. “Obviously it’s the first preseason game so it’s nothing to get crazy about but it’s nice to start off fast.” Even though the first offense wasn’t able to generate points in their two series the thing coach Marvin Lewis was happiest about was no turnovers in the game. “I think the thing I felt good about the most is we took care of the football. The quarterbacks did a good job handling the situations” Lewis said. “It was a good step in the process. We had a lot of young guys playing out there and got them in good situations.” The Bengals signed Johnson in March because of his familiarity with a West Coast scheme along with the athleticism he brings as one who could run some read-option plays. Johnson who had 64 yards on 4 carries showed that on the opening play of the second quarter when the pocket broke down and he scrambled for a 43-yard gain to the Atlanta 37. That led to the Bengals’ first points on a Mike Nugent 32-yard field goal. But quarterbacks are signed and make a living on how they throw the ball. While he struggled in the short passes often delivering them too low Johnson was solid on the intermediate routes. After Atlanta went three-and-out the Bengals went on a 6-play 69-yard drive that culminated in a Johnson 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Tate that was a bullet between Robert McClain and Charles Mitchell.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander fined $100,000 for confronting official

Genie Bouchard: Maria Sharapova is ‘cheater,’ should be banned for life

Marshawn Lynch confirms he has joined the Raiders

Browns’ Joe Thomas: ‘I’m already seeing memory loss’

Westbrook hasn’t ‘even thought about’ contract extension

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pirates call up Gift Ngoepe, first MLB player from African continent

‘Well-connected’ people believe Trubisky will go No. 1

Teams could trade into first round for Davis Webb

Report: No communication between Derrick Henry, Titans

Adrian Peterson releases statement about joining Saints

Report: Titans reportedly looking to trade out of top five

The 'Bonehead blunder that watered down the 1931 AL home run crown' quiz

Draft prospects we're most excited to see in the NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

Box Score 4/26: NFL Draft eve

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Bonehead blunder that watered down the 1931 AL home run crown' quiz

Draft prospects we're most excited to see in the NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker