The Bengals are now in their second OTA’s of the off-season. Fans and media still seem to have buring questions surrounding certain positions and position battles suchs as the following: #2 WR, LB depth, and starting SS/Safety depth. Even with positive news leaking out from the OTA’s about certain players like Armon Binns and Brandon Tate impressing as well as pushing for the #2 WR slot, Taylor Mays stepping up making a few big plays from the SS position, or the starting LB corps appearing to gel as a unit, these questions still burn.
I believe the Bengals could stand pat with what they currently have on this roster and still be competitive this season. I do quietly worry about the depth at LB. That said, let’s take a look at my top ten players that I feel would best fit this 2012 Cincinnati Bengals roster as potenital starters in some cases or quality depth/special teams in others. You will notice the absence of some big names on my list. There are a few factors into why they do not appear on the list. Age is possibly the biggest factor.
Coach Marvin Lewis said it best, “I don’t want to put a bunch of old guys on the team.” You may argue, “experience”, but how can you add players that are set in their ways to a young team maturing and growing together? That could kill the chemistry that last season’s play-off birth garnered them. My biggest issue with bringing on certain veterans is could they handle not being a starter? Could they handle being a back-up and playing special teams? I couldn’t see James Farrior doing that, and that’s possibly a big part in why he is now considering retirement. Then there is the issue of injuries and the inability to decide on whether they wish to continue their career. Players in doubt were also not included.