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Three Offensive Moves the Bengals Must Make in Training Camp

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Organized team activities (OTAs) recently began and the Cincinnati Bengals are looking for players and options, which will enable the team to improve from 2014’s performance.  A few days ago, we offered some thoughts regarding the defense and what moves they can make so the team will improve on that side of the ball.  Now we take a moment to analyze the offense and what Cincinnati can do to improve when they possess the ball.

When juxtaposed to the defense, the offense came into the new season much more prepared.  For right or wrong, Cincinnati has its quarterback, a two-headed monster at running back, a star receiver and a few others who possess potential in tow, a first-round tight end, and one of the league’s best offensive lines.  It meant the team needed to do little in free agency by way of the offense.  The team ultimately decided to do nothing other than re-sign its own free agents. Instead the Bengals looked to the draft as the opportunity to improve its offense.

In the draft, the team improved at just about every unit.  The Bengals bolstered their lacking tight end unit by selecting Rutgers’ Tyler Kroft and Auburn’s C.J. Uzomah.  The also signed a couple of big undrafted free agents; literally big meaning they signed John Peters and Matt Lengel who both measure 6’8″.  If the unit was lacking before, the team has done all it can to give itself options.

Cincinnati used its top two selections to improve the offensive line.  The team drafted two tackles in Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) and Jake Fisher (Oregon).  Ogbuehi was once considered a candidate to be the top pick in the draft, so the Bengals thought they got great value on Ogbuehi when selecting him at 21.  Cincinnati felt equally lucky when they scored Jake Fisher with the 53rd selection; the Bengals believe Fisher to be a first-round talent.  If the team is right about these two players, then they scored incredible talent for the line and at great value.  Worth noting, the Bengals also added an undrafted free agent center whom some believe can be a NFL player: Marshall center Chris Jasperse.

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In the seventh round, the Bengals finally added a receiver, something many fans were clamoring for.  Cincinnati snagged speedster Mario Alford (West Virginia) in order to add speed to the unit.  Boasting a 4.27-second 40-yard dash, Alford will certainly give the Bengals a speed option at receiver.

With the offensive unit having added five players in the draft, and a handful following the draft, the unit will have some difficult decisions to make come late August.  With that in mind, let’s take a moment to suggest a few worth consideration.

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