Bengals Roster Comparison 2010-11

It’s been made mentioned many times on this blog and all over the internet that the Bengals have rebooted their roster. To really see how much of a difference there is in the roster take the starters of last years Hall of Fame Game versus Dallas and compare them the starters this year heading into Detroit.

2010 Pos. 2011
Carson Palmer QB Andy Dalton*
Cedric Benson RB Cedric Benson
Chad Ochocinco WR1 Jerome Simpson*
Terrell Owens WR2 A.J. Green*
Andrew Whitworth LT Andrew Whitworth
Nate Livings LG Nate Livings
Kyle Cook C Kyle Cook
Bobbie Williams RG Bobbie Williams
Dennis Roland RT Andre Smith*
Jermaine Gresham TE Jermaine Gresham
Reggie Kelly TE/FB Chris Pressley*

A decent sized change when looking at Offense. 5 new starters on offense this year, with 4 of those 5 players from the 2010 season no longer being on the roster. The offensive line  for the most part in tact (don’t know if that’s good or bad) but nearly every other position has had some sort of shakeup.

2010 Pos. 2011
Robert Geathers LDE Robert Geathers
Domata Peko LDT Domata Peko
Tank Johnson RDT Tank Johnson
Antwan Odom RDE Michael Johnson*
Rey Maualuga SLB Manny Lawson*
Dhani Jones MLB Rey Maualuga*
Keith Rivers WLB Thomas Howard*
Leon Hall CB Leon Hall
Chris Crocker FS Reggie Nelson*
Roy Williams SS Chris Crocker*
Johnathan Joseph CB Nate Clements*

When looking at Defense it’s surprising to think how so many writers have said it looks solid when it is in-fact so different from last years. With Rey moving to the middle it’s bumped Dhani out and brought in another player. With Odom’s constant injuries the team decided to cut him loose replacing him with Michael Johnson. Adding depth to the LB’s the Bengals added Thomas Howard, who has the starting job while Rivers is on PUP. When Joseph left for the Texans the Bengals quickly signed veteran Nate Clements to take over his CB role. Reggie Nelson was a later pick up in a trade right before the regular season started, and Chris Crocker is now being given a chance to play a more natural feeling Strong Safety position.

With both sides adding up to only returning 10 out of 22 possible starters, it’s hard to feel this season will be a repeat of last years. Seeing so many different players in there has to make one think the will be better. Or at the very least have the same story just with different players.

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