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Projecting the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals

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July 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA;Cincinnati Bengals center

Trevor Robinson

(66) with the ball during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line (9)

Whitworth, Boling, Cook, Zeitler, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins, Dennis Roland, Tanner Hawkinson, Mike Pollack

Cut: Reid Fragel, John Sullen, Trrevor Robinson, T.J. Johnson

Practice Squad: Fragel, Johnson

There are some surprises here. Originally, I thought the Bengals would keep Fragel because he wouldn’t clear waivers to make the PS. Then I saw him play. He will be cut, and he will make the PS. I also thought Robinson would win the starting center position.

He did not.I believe the versatility of Pollack gets him on the team as a backup G/C. TJ Johnson should be able to get through to the PS which gives the Bengals a pure C if they would have an injury.

Defensive Line (10)

Dunlap, Atkins, Peko, MJ, Still, Thompson, Gilberry, Geathers, Hunt, Moch

Cut: Terence Stephens

Practice Squad: Stephens

Suspended list: DeQuin Evans

Usually they would only keep 8 or 9, however, given the play and versatility of Moch (DE, LB, teams), combined with Lamur’s injury, I think Moch makes the team either as a 10th DL or 7 LB. In the last 2 years, Moch has 7.5 sacks in 8 preseason games…or, more like 7.5 sacks in 8 halfs of football. He could help this team. Hunt, though raw, makes it as well because of his potential and the fact that he won’t clear waivers. Stevens is a good candidate for the PS.

LB (6)

Burfict, Harrison, Maualuga, DiManche, Rey, Schaffer

IR: Lamur, Porter, Joiner

What was to be one of the most interesting position battles was cleared up by a string of devastating injuries. The Lamur injury is very disappointing as I was very excited about him in 2013. He is likely their most athletic LB, but a LB with a separated shoulder is not a good thing, so I see him going on IR. His loss is Moch and Schaffer’s gain. I believe the loss of Lamur causes the Bengals to feel the need to keep both Moch and Schaffer…which is not a bad thing.

No way DiManche doesn’t make the team: 1) he earned a spot (and playing time), and 2) he won’t make it through waivers. If they do cut a LB and keep Moch as their 6th LB, I see it being Schaffer, though I don’t think they can get him through to the practice squad.

Cornerbacks (5)

Hall, Newman, Jones, Kirkpatrick, Ghee

Cut: Prater, Lewis-Harris, McCalebb

Practice Squad: Prater, Lewis-Harris

The poor play of Prater and Lewis-Harris, combined with the Lamur injury, cause both players to be cut and the Bengals to enter the season with just 5 CB’s (5 very good ones though). Both should be able to make it to the PS whereby they could be brought back if needed.