The Bengals will likely be without at least one starting corner(Nate Clements, a key reserve(Jason Allen), and possible their best defensive-back(Leon Hall) when they take the field Sunday to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The secondary will be the most depleted its been since Keiwan Ratliff, Jonathan Wade, and Fred Bennett were having to play a platoon role for a depleted 2010 squad that finished the year 4-12.
If Hall, Allen, and Clements don’t suit up, Adam Jones and Terrence Newman will be the starting corners, with newly signed Chris Crocker playing nickle-corner. If the team has to go in dime packages or one of those guys goes down with an injury, Jeromy Miles will likely be the next man up at corner, leaving Taylor Mays to man the strong safety position. If you read everything I just typed and still feel good about the Bengals’ chances to contain the Jaguars offense, you either are an eternal optimist, or you have faith that the Bengals stout defensive line will do enough to control the line of scrimmage and contain the Jags.