Cincinnati, Ohio – The only thing that stopped six-for-six Bengal rookie Drew Plitt Friday night at the 2022 pre-season opener in the newly renamed Paycor Stadium was when he found the endzone via a 25 yd. floater to wide-receiver Kendric Pryor. Plitt threw for 77 yds with a perfect rating of 158.33. Plitt completed the Bengals’ first touchdown in Paycor Stadium history.

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The Arizona Cardinals defeated Cicinnati 36-20.

Speaking about Joe Burrows and which backup quarterback will get another chance, Geoff Hobson said on Bengals.com, “If it is, Plitt, the suburban Cincinnati product from Loveland, went storybook. He threw the Bengals’ first touchdown in Paycor Stadium history. He hit all six passes as a Bengal for a perfect 158.3 passer rating. He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kendric Pryor, his first in the NFL, too.” Hobson also said, “it seems inevitable Plitt may have played his last game for his hometown team.”

“Just excitement. Thrill. For me, it’s a dream come true,” Plitt said on bengals.com. “I know it’s a cliché, but I’m going to say it all the time. Growing up in this city and being able to come to work every day, and it’s really not a job if you look at it the way I am. It’s awesome.”

In his post-game press conference Head Coach, Zac Taylor said it was as big a crowd as he’s ever seen for a pre-season home opener. “Probably the best I’ve ever been around. It’s awesome. It really is. You could feel the energy and excitement.”

Plitt (6-2, 206), a rookie out of Ball State University, played in 46 career games for the Cardinals with 36 starts and completed 777 of 1246 passes (62.4 percent) for 9062 yards and 68 TDs. He also rushed for 423 yards and 14 TDs.

Plitt, who participated at the Bengals’ rookie minicamp in May as a tryout player, is from Loveland, Ohio, and played at Loveland High School, where he set a school record for career TD passes (42) and in 2013 led the team to a 14-0 record and the Ohio Division II state championship.

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