SLB: Vincent Rey
Vincent “Vinny” Rey was better known as the Bengals ball tracker. He is a pivotal part of this Bengals run defense and catching backs and receivers on short passes from getting deep into the secondary. In 2015, Rey has two tackles for loss on 98 tackles and one interception. He led the Bengals in tackles last year and expected to make a difference, especially with Burfict out for the first three games.
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SLB2: Karlos Dansby
The former Arizona Cardinal turned Cleveland Brown turned Cincinnati Bengal is hungry for another shot at a Super Bowl. Dansby has been a huge presence on every team he has played for and the Bengals don’t expect anything less. In fact, once Burfict returns from suspension, he very well could split snaps with Vincent Rey, 50/50.
In 2015, Dansby had two forced fumbles, three interceptions, seven tackles for loss on 108 tackles, and did I mention two touchdowns of his own? This Bengals defense got upgraded and now could re-position itself in the top five defenses once again.
WLB: Vontaze Burfict
Burfict is suspended for the first three games but when he returns, he is expected to make a huge impact, both physically and emotionally for this team. His hit on Le’Veon Bell was clean, and his hit on Antonio Brown was near unavoidable, but his reputation is needing some help. In 2015, he missed the first six games, but came back with a great second half, and an almost game winning interception in the Wild Card game.
WLB2: Marquis Flowers
The young linebacker is about to get some great lessons from a few veterans. After being out with an injury all of last season, the Bengals sixth round pick in 2014, is looking to prove he is worth the look and primary backup role to either Vincent Rey or Vontaze Burfict.
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