Weekly Recap: State Of The Bengals Defense

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During the off-season there have been a number of roster moves on the defensive side of the ball in Cincinnati. There have been many questions raised about whether of not this defense can still hold up to the high quality of play that they have produced over the past few seasons. We can better assess the state of the defense by looking at each position and identifying the talent, prospects, suspensions, and injuries that may affect the Bengals in the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at each of these positions and the players that are currently on the roster. I’ll give a diagnosis of the position after addressing each player that is currently listed on the depth chart. Let’s get started.

Aug 25, 2011; Cincinnati, OH; USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs with the ball and gets tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) during the third quarter of a preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Defensive Tackle

Starting at defensive tackle are incumbents Geno Atkins and Domata Peko. Both have been solid contributors over the past few seasons. Atkins also led the league last season in sacks by a defensive tackle with 8.5. Having these two back in the lineup in 2012 is huge. Another Bengal that has come back for another season is Pat Sims. Sims can float between the NT and 3-T position. He will be more utilized in the run game and when another DT needs a breather. The Bengals also drafted two defensive tackles in this years draft. They took Penn St. DT, Devon Still in the second round, and Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson in the third round. Both of these rookies figure to be in the rotation from day one and will help keep everyone fresh throughout the game. It seems to me, that the defensive tackle position is in a good state for 2012.

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