Jamison Hensley of ESPN took a swing at projecting the Bengals starting lineup when they take on the Chicago Bears in Week 1, and here’s some of the notable guesses at who will start:
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: He’s still the starter this year despite the Bengals drafting Giovani Bernard in the second round.
FB John Conner or Orson Charles: With Chris Pressley on PUP, the starting job is up in the air between Conner and Charles, who has played surprisingly well in converting from a tight end.
WR A.J. Green: He’s clearly the best receiver in the division and you could make the case for Green being the best receiver in the AFC.
TE Jermaine Gresham: It wasn’t a vote of confidence when the Bengals drafted Tyler Eifert in the first round, but Gresham had career highs in catches and receiving yards last season.
LG Clint Boling: His progression last season allowed the Bengals to part ways with Travelle Wharton.
C Kyle Cook: Currently has the edge over Trevor Robinson but the competition is far from over.
LDE Carlos Dunlap: Bengals hope Dunlap reaches his potential after signing him to a six-year, $40 million contract.
SLB James Harrison: His toughness and leadership will be invaluable to the Bengals.
MLB Rey Maualuga: Bengals showed their faith in him by re-signing Maualuga and keeping him at middle linebacker.
WLB Vontaze Burfict: Undrafted rookie was biggest surprise on the team last season, leading the Bengals in tackles.
LCB Terence Newman: Re-signed with the Bengals in the offseason after leading the team with 14 passes defensed.
SS Shawn Williams: Rookie third-round pick hasn’t won the job but he’s been impressive early in camp.
Speaking of the Bears, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago coaching staff is apparently planning to roll out the read-option in 2013:
“There is no question Jay (Cutler) is athletic enough [to run the read-option],” backup Josh McCown said. “All three of us could get it done if we needed to. It’s going to have to be a part of [the offense] a little bit because we are going to have to give our defense looks on it because it’s so successful in our league. We’re all waiting to see if the defenses can stop it.”
Maybe they should ask Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III how that worked vs. the Bengals.