Would you rather have Jake Kumerow or Brandon Tate? How about Russell Bodine or Christian Westerman? Would you rather start Darqueze Dennard or William Jackson III? This is the Stripe Hype edition of Would you rather?
The Cincinnati Bengals are getting ready for training camp in a month and still have questions at a few positions. We know most of these guys will be on the 53-man roster, but could they play a difference in both the depth chart and possibly starting rotation.
Jake Kumerow or Brandon Tate
Jake Kumerow is the cousin of Joey Bosa, who continues his camp hold out, due to contract language. Kumerow is tall at 6-foot-5 and has some decent speed, with a 4.52 40-yard dash. He is a match up nightmare against the average corner on jump balls. Unproven in the league, there is some concern as to how he could handle a depth roll, especially since he would not be a return man in special teams.
Brandon Tate is a flashy but unreliable player. We have mentioned numerous times on Men in Stripes that he has the potential to make a big play, but then comes crashing back to earth with a turnover or game changing mistake. Tate is replaceable on special teams with Mario Alford wanting a larger role, and even Adam Jones can still make an impact on the return game.
This comes down to two major things, impact and potential. Tate’s potential has not only been seen but could be argued, already maxed. Kumerow’s potential has not been seen and his impact could be felt in goal line situations, with jump ball potential. It is a hard decision between the known and the unknown but the impact tilts in Kumerow’s favor.
Decision: Jake Kumerow
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