Cincinnati Bengals Preseason: who plays when on Defense

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August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Recently I tried to give an educated guess about who would compile the 1st through 3rd teams on offense.  Now, I would like to continue our look at what the 1st through 3rd-teams will look like, this time on the defensive side of the ball.

1st team

DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Geno Atkins, NT Domata Peko, DE Michael Johnson

WLB Vontaze Burfict, MLB Rey Mauluaga, SLB James Harrison

CB Leon Hall, CB Terrence Newman

FS Reggie Nelson, SS George Iolka

The first team defense is already set, the only position that is not locked in is the starting safety next to Reggie Nelson.  It’s not Marvin Lewis’ style to let a rookie step in this early, so I believe Iolka gets the nod on the first team.  Carlos Dunlap finally will be the starter at defensive end and the addition of James Harrison will make for a very stout front seven.  If the first team gets into a nickel situation, look for second year linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and cornerback Adam Jones to step in along with Wallace Gilberry replacing Domata Peko on the line.

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