Nate Clements was a free agent addition last year, and even though he has gotten up there in age, he has definitely shown to be a sure tackler. Clements isn’t a ball hawk by any means, but he is a smart player who is solid. He is a good #2, especially when considering his age. Although, because of his age, it’s hard to believe that he will be back with the Bengals the 2013 season. However, one can definitely be assured that Clements has some left in the tank. Not only has he helped out this defense playing CB, but this offseason he even has played some safety. It will be interesting to see if Mike Zimmer uses this versatility as an advantage for the defense.
Adam Jones is one of the biggest question marks on this team. He is a ball hawk, good nickel CB, and an explosive returner. The bad side is he is injured far more then liked. Adam Jones has the potential to contribute greatly to this team, but the down side is he is injured quite a bit. If Adam Jones can stay healthy throughout the 2012 season, he can be a huge X factor in many of the Bengals games.
Terrance Newman is another 1st round talent that is trying to show he has something left in the tank. Newman and Zimmer had a report together in Dallas, and Zimmer is definitely a fan of Newman. Newman has an INT in the preseason, but has also looked a little shaky in coverage. One can hope it is rust and that he becomes like his Pro Bowl self again. Although not many people realize this, Newman has his career high INT mark just 2 years ago with 5. Last year? He had 4. The Bengals are hoping he can create turnovers.
Jason Allen has been an interesting prospect by far. We haven’t been able to see him in preseason, but he has a very solid report. He is very good at what he does as a nickel CB. He has 10 INTs combined his past 3 years, which is actually a pretty interesting mark considering he only started 11 of those games. Allen will be a key to situational plays and can be brought in if an injury were to occur.