Cincinnati Bengals: Three Camp Battles to Watch

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Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass while being pressured by the Cincinnati Bengals defense during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The defensive tackle battle is something that most are down playing because we all know Domata Peko and Geno Atkins as almost locked starters. Devon Still is entering camp with the knowledge that his talents will be the make it or break it points in camp. Brandon Thompson was as impressive as Peko last season, which was one of the least productive defensive lines in years for the Bengals.

Pat Sims is returning to the Bengals to attempt to earn his spot back. He left for Oakland two seasons ago and now will line up behind Atkins on the depth chart. Marcus Hardison is the Bengals fourth round draft pick and will be looking to solidify his spot on the 53-man roster, as he offers big promise out of Arizona State. Kwame Geathers, who is the brother of former Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers, will be looking to not become the second Geathers’ brother cut by the Bengals in the same year.

Reports are the Atkins has been pushing harder than ever to return to his 2012 and pre-injury 2013 self. Unless Peko is terrible he shoudl be the starter, who is number two will be up to the other five tackles on the depth chart and with Leah cancer free, Devon Still should be focused and ready for football and could make a statement for not only his roster spot but a higher depth chart spot. Geathers is nothing more than a practice squad guy in my eyes and that is probably where he ends up. The Bengals carried four guys into the season last year, my prediction, they carry five this season to start.

Predictions: Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Devon Still, Marcus Hardison, Pat Sims, Kwane Geathers (Practice Squad)

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