May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) carries the ball during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The obvious selection here is running back Jeremy Hill. The Bengals will lean on Hill as the primary option to convert two-point conversions in 2015. Hill has the size, strength and athleticism to “ground and pound” his way into the end zone regardless of the blocking in front of him. Yet, Hill won’t have deal with inauspicious situations often, as Cincinnati features one of the league’s elite offensive lines.
Andrew Whitworth and Co. does well to open running lanes for Hill. The true test for the line will come for center Russell Bodine. The Bengals drafted Bodine last year in an effort to give the line the requisite strength to deal with 3-4 nose tackles. The AFC North features some good ones, so having a player who is strong enough to deal with these players in key, especially for a team looking to feature the run game.
Having a running back like Jeremy Hill and an offensive line which ranks amongst the best should help Marvin Lewis feel confident about his PAT attempts in the coming season regardless of if he’s “going for two” or kicking the 32-yard extra point.
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