Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerbackLeon Hall
(29) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
The Bengals’ worst fears were realized just now, as they’ll be down to two healthy regular corners with Jason Allen, Nate Clements, and the teams’ top defensive back in Leon Hall all set to miss today’s game against the Jaguars.
That leaves the Bengals with Adam Jones, Terrence Newman, and the recently called up Chris Lewis-Harris. Newman has been a major liability in coverage. Adam Jones is primarily a nickel-corner. Chris Lewis-Harris is a rookie out of UT Chattanooga who was just signed from the practice squad on Friday. This will be arguably the biggest challenge defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will have faced in his 5 years as the Bengals defensive guru. Expect to see a heavy dose of blitzes today on Blaine Gabbert. The defensive line will have to really step it up to make up for the holes on the back-end, but after 13 QB hits and 6 sacks last week vs. the Redskins, they may just be up to the task.