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Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players Vital to 2016 Success

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (70) against the Chicago Bears in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (70) against the Chicago Bears in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Cedric Ogbuehi

After recovering from his torn ACL in his final college game at Texas A&M, Cedric Ogbuehi played a solid role in the offensive line rotation. Andre Smith is most likely gone and Andrew Whitworth is closing in on the end of his tenure in stripes, and that means Ogbuehi will play a more vital role in this offensive line than he did last season.

The offensive line only allowed the quarterback to be sacked 32 times, which was 8th fewest in the league, and 58 quarterback hits, which was the fewest in the league. The Bengals line was arguably one of the best in the NFL and one of the most experienced with a combined 371 total starts among starters on the line, third most in the NFL in 2015.

Where the Bengals could use the help, in the rushing game. Ogbuehi was expected to be one of the best run blockers in the draft before his injury, and his draft profile praised his gap blocking. The Bengals were 22nd in yards per carry at 3.9, and 13th in total yards gained in rushing with 1,805 yards. The success in using a balanced offense certainly could have used more help last season and Ogbuehi could help seal the edge for Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill.

Ogbuehi will have a few games under his belt headed into the 2016 season, which would help clear any jitters of playing games in the NFL. What will he be as a starter? That is something that has yet to be seen, but at least early signs point in a positive direction for this Bengals organization.

Next: Tyler Eifert

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