As the dust cleared from cutdown day, a new depth chart was released by the Bengals. The rookie lineman Clint Boling topped the list at right guard, indicating that Boling is probably on his way to starting at RG against the Browns this Sunday. If he does start, the Bengals will be starting 3 rookies on offense in the opening game. AJ Green at Wide Receiver, Andy Dalton at Quarterback, and now Boling at RG.
- LT: 77 Andrew Whitworth, 73 Anthony Collins
- LG: 62 Nate Livings, 66 Mike McGlynn
- C: 64 Kyle Cook, 66 Mike McGlynn
- RG: 65 Clint Boling, 60 Otis Hudson (63 Bobbie Williams)
- RT: 71 Andre Smith, 74 Dennis Roland
Yesterday, with the news that Bobbie Williams would be suspended the first four games for violating the “Performance Enhancing Drug” Policy, the starter at Right Guard was up in the air.
Otis Hudson is officially listed as the backup RG, but he is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in training camp and won’t be ready to play for the first few weeks.
Recent waiver pickup Mike McGlynn started at center for the Eagles last year. He was working at both guard and center in the 2011 preseason, but has never started at right guard. McGlynn also still needs to learn the Bengals playbook, though Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander noted that it wouldn’t take McGlynn long to pick up the offense.
Clint Boling has gotten more work in at Left Guard than Right Guard this preseason. But, he has looked great. He has taken many first team snaps, and looks very capable of starting for the Bengals this year. He may have a few growing pains as all rookies do, but he started at right guard for 17 games while in college.
Yesterday, Boling said that he was ready to start if presented the opportunity:
I feel comfortable with the assignments and the playbook. I just need to have a great week of practice, fix the little things and get ready for Sunday. Going into camp my ultimate goal was to play and start and now I’m being presented with the opportunity to go out there and compete.
Boling is a great player who started every game of his college career. Right now, it looks like he will be an anchor on the line for years to come.