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Bengals Defensive Line Still Looks Promising

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Oct 30, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Centurylink Field. Cincinnati defeated Seattle 34-12. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Geno Atkins and Domata Peko are arguably the best defensive tackle tandems in the NFL. Atkins is great in getting to the QB and getting in the backfield, as showcased by his two sacks of Flacco on Monday night. Peko is tremendous with his leadership ability and is one of the best players against the run. Atkins will start to become one of the best pass rushers in the league (if he’s not already), whereas Peko is one of those players who never gives up on a play. Peko has been in on numerous tackles and always tries to run down the ball carrier, showing a high motor. Atkins is one of those players whom will become a star in this league, and even with some of his showings in the preseason, has shown that he has gotten faster and will continue to improve his style of play.

Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are two new players the Bengals have drafted. Devon Still was the Big Ten defensive player of the year and was once considered a top 20 draft pick, but there were questions about his motor. Thankfully, Still has found a good place within the Bengals because Mike Zimmer is one of the best coaches who will make his players play up to their talent. Not only that, but the rotation would allow Still time to rest and get ready for when the Bengals need him out there again. Brandon Thompson was also a prospect whom was a first round talent, but also had motor questions. In the preseason, he had shown flashes of getting into the backfield and pressuring the QB. Thompson will also benefit because of this defensive line rotation, and since he is shorter in height, he is much harder to get a stick on. These two players will have time to get better and learn more in this defense, but because of the rotation, they also have a high chance of producing very well.

And finally, there is Jamaal Anderson. He was a first round draft pick that had some solid years, but never lived up to his draft status. During preseason, he has looked pretty good with pressuring the QB and seems like he will also benefit with the DE rotation. Anderson will most likely be brought in on passing downs to get to the QB.

This defensive line has a lot of depth and did a descent job of stopping Ray Rice and pressuring Joe Flacco Monday night. There are young players on this line, but are also very promising and will hopefully take the next step in helping this Bengals team bounce back and become contenders.

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