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Cincinnati Bengals Preseason: who plays when on Defense

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May 10, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals second round draft pick defensive end Margus Hunt (99) works out during the Bengals rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

3rd Team

DE Donte Moch, DT Devon Still NT Terrence Stephens, DE Margus Hunt

SLB Brandon Joiner, MLB Jordan Campbell/Sean Porter/JK Shaffer, WLB Sean Porter

CB Troy Stoudemire, CB Shaun Prater

 FS Tony Dye, SS Taylor Mays

Who comes in when will get interesting on the third team. However based on camp reports this is what I can come up with.  Donte Moch is on the all potential team and is about out of chances to stay healthy after moving back to his natural position of defensive end.  With limited depth at DT Devon Still and Terrence Stephens will get a lot of work.  I could also see DE Margus Hunt taking some snaps at DT as well.

There is a real fight for the remaining two roster spots at linebacker.  Do be surprised to see several combinations during the preseason.  I keep hearing Troy Stoudemire’s name pop up and he could be a dark horse to slip onto the roster as first a return guy and second as a CB.  I also am getting the sense that it is a two player race for the starting strong safety spot and Taylor Mays isn’t one of the two.

There you have it the fight for final roster spots is on and while there shouldn’t be a lot of roster surprised there could be some drama at the end of the roster.  There is still ample time for some players to make an impression and push for more playing time as the preseason moves on.

At this time last year very few thought Vontaze Burfict was going to have an impact and we know how that turned out with his assent from 3rd string to 1st.  While I don’t think there is a TAZ this year I do think the Bengals have some real intriguing players on that 3rd team who by the end of the year could be making an assent of their own.

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