Jan 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook (64) points against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of the 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire

Bengals Starting Lineup if Season Opened Today


 

 

We’re still 5 months away from the Cincinnati Bengals playing a live football game, but it’s never too early to project what the starting lineup will look like if the season began today:

 

Offense

QB: Andy Dalton

RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis

FB: Chris Pressley

WR: A.J. Green

TE: Jermaine Gresham

LT: Andrew Whitworth

LG: Clint Boling

C: Kyle Cook

RG: Kevin Zeitler

RT: Anthony Collins

WR: Mohamed Sanu

 

Defense

LDE: Carlos Dunlap

DT: Domata Peko

DT: Geno Atkins

RDE: Michael Johnson

OLB: Rey Maualuga

MLB: Vontaze Burfict

OLB: Emmanuel Lamur

LCB: Adam Jones or Terence Newman

FS: Reggie Nelson

SS: Taylor Mays

RCB: Leon Hall

 
Special teams

K: Mike Nugent

P: Kevin Huber

LS: Clark Harris

KR: Brandon Tate, Adam Jones

PR: Adam Jones

 

Observations

*At center, while Kyle cook’s play at the end of the 2013 season wasn’t exactly stellar, he’s a veteran who started every game he’s been healthy in since 2008, including when the Bengals last claimed the AFC North title in 2009. Marvin Lewis has an unwilling stubbornness to sit his veterans for younger, more talented players.

*At corner and safety, if the Bengals miss out on a safety in the NFL Draft, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see Terence Newman gets snaps at safety. Leaving Taylor Mays back their full-time is a disaster waiting to happen.

*At linebacker, Lamur showed enough that given a full offseason and training camp, he’ll be ready to take over the starting WILL spot, while Rey moves over to the SAM and Burfict goes to the MIKE.

 

Of course, how the Bengals draft can easily change theses plans, but given the roster stands now, this is the lineup I’d expect to see take the field if a game were being played today.

 

 

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