ICYMI: Projecting the Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart on Defense

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Recently I tried to give an educated guess about who would compile the first through third-teams on offense.  Now, I would like to continue our look at what the first through third-teams will look like on the defensive side of the ball through the preseason and, prove to be a good indicator of the final depth chart entering the regular season.


Jan 1, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) reacts during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Ravens won 24-16. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports


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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Topics: Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Offseason, Preseason

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