Hello Stripe Hype Fans. I thought it would be fun to come up with an opening day starting roster according to me as if I was coaching the Cincinnati Bengals. I’m not the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals so take this with a grain of salt and have fun with it. Let me know what you like and what you don’t like.
At Quarterback, no surprise I have Andy Dalton starting with John Skelton backing him up. I have the Bengals only keeping two quarterbacks on the 53 man roster due to keeping more depth on the offensive line and the line-backing corps.
With the recent acquisitions of Giovanni Bernard and Rex Burkhead I have the Bengals keeping four running backs. I believe if we try to put Burkhead on the practice squad someone will scoop him up. Cedric Peerman is too valuable to special teams and Darrin Simmons would probably have a heart attack if Mike Brown cut him.
At fullback I have Pressley starting but Charles could press him if they decide to try him out as the fullback due to his receiving ability. The Bengals may opt to keep four tight ends if the keep Alex Smith on the roster but I find that highly unlikely. Charles did sub in for Pressley in 2012 and did a nice job, it would be nice to have a fullback as a receiving weapon…
Not many surprises at receiver, except maybe for seeing Brandon Tate on the roster in 2012. I know some of you may scoff at this but Tate is a very effective return man when he isn’t making bonehead plays inside the 10 yard line. A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, and Andrew Hawkins should headline most of the production if they can stay healthy. I do have the Bengals separating ways with Ryan Whalen, Dane Sanzenbacher, Roy Roundtree, and Tyrone Goard as they will not get on the field much during the pre-season. Cobi Hamilton could make the practice squad but I think he can beat out Whalen and Sanzenbacher.
On the offensive line, this is pretty cut and dry. They have a solid starting five and a lot of good veterans backing them up. I almost couldn’t decide if they bring back Kyle Cook with the recent acquisition of Mike Pollak as he can play guard and center. But after looking at the rest of the roster I put him in there after taking him off about three times. The only wild card I see is Travelle Wharton. Do the Bengals bring in Tanner Hawkinson and plug him in at guard and save some money on Wharton? Sounds like a Mike Brown move to me? But for now I’ll keep him in there.
Tight Ends were pretty easy as well. I don’t see them keeping four tight ends but I do see them keeping three tight ends that they drafted in the past four years. Orson Charles showed his pass catching skills and he seemed to improve on his blocking as the season progressed. Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham should give linebackers and safeties headaches all year and should be fun to watch.
POS: 1st Team 2nd Team 3Rd Team
QB: Andy Dalton John Skelton
RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis Giovanni Bernard Rex Burkhead/Cedric Peerman
FB: Chris Pressley Orson Charles
SPLIT END: A.J. Green Marvin Jones
FLANKER: Mohamed Sanu Cobi Hamilton
SLOT: Andrew Hawkins Cobi Hamilton
TE: Jermaine Gresham Tyler Eifert Orson Charles
LT: Andrew Whitworth Anthony Collins
LG: Clint Boling Travelle Wharton
C: Trevor Robinson Kyle Cook
RG: Kevin Zeitler Mike Pollak
RT: Andre Smith Dennis Roland