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Week in Review: All Over But The Shouting

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Defense

Left Defensive End (2) – Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers. Yes, both are nursing their knees currently, but they’ll be ready to go by Week 1. Re-injury is the bigger concern. Micah Johnson might get added as insurance, but nothing definite yet.

Defensive Tackle (4) – Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Brandon Thompson, Devon Still. The rookies look very good, and the starters look amazing. Pat Sims couldn’t get to the quarterback regularly enough last year, despite being a run-stuffing force. His spot is up for grabs.

Right Defensive End (2) – Michael Johnson, Jamaal Anderson. Johnson has come out of camp a physical beast and free agent acquisition Anderson seems to be performing as hoped. DeQuin Evans is going to have to work hard to get a seat when the music stops, but most interesting is the late addition of free agent Luke Black. Could he just be filler to take snaps in the absence of Geathers and Dunlap or is there something more here? Likely the former.

SAM Linebacker (3) – Manny Lawson, Dan Skuta, Dontay Moch. Lawson is possibly the most underrated player at this position, and Skuta will be kept because he can play anywhere. Moch, written off early in the preseason as a bust, has really shown some moxie down the stretch… it doesn’t hurt that the coaching staff wants him to work out too.

Middle Linebacker (3) – Rey Maualuga, Roddrick Muckleroy, Vontaze Burfict. Muckleroy and Burfict show poise and each have led the team in tackles in a preseason game. Very likely that both could be kept.

WILL Linebacker (2) – Thomas Howard, Vincent Rey. Howard is a phenomenon that should be signed long term yesterday. Rey continues to impress.

Cornerback (6) – Dre Kirkpatrick, Nate Clements, Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones, Jason Allen. With Shaun Prater and Brandon Ghee lost for the season, the final six corners seems pretty easy to pick, largely because there is nothing behind them.

Strong Safety (2) – Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles. If Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer can get Mays to start hitting the other team like he hits his own middle linebackers, the Bengals might be on to something.

Free Safety (2) – Reggie Nelson, George Iloka. Nelson looked better than he did all last year in last Thursday’s game against Atlanta. Iloka seems to be making the better bid at the final safety spot than second year project, Robert Sands. The Bengals would like to stick with four safeties; the fifth will likely be sent to the practice squad.

Current Total Defensive: 24 Roster Spots

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