Bengals Depth Chart Projections

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Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Defensive End

LDE: Carlos Dunlap
Carlos Dunlap was fourth in the NFL in sacks last season with 13.5. Dunlap also recorded two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2015. It was his best defensive season of his career so far and he is looking to improve on that success this season.

Dunlap is on record of saying he wants Michael Strahan single season sack record (22.5), which according to Coley Harvey, is what continues to drive him.

LDE2: Margus Hunt
Margus Hunt has not given up on himself or his potential. In fact, he went back to a workout, that has been compared to an Olympic athletes training, that once worked for him. He will have another opportunity to step up and play in a rotation that has two solid pass rushers already and another backup defensive end who is just as determined in Will Clarke.

RDE: Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson left in 2014 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but after a down year in a system that didn’t work for him, he returned for last season. This Bengals defensive line was certainly better for it.

Johnson finished 2015 with three forced fumbles, 42 tackles, and five sacks.

RDE2: Will Clarke 
Will Clarke is entering his 3rd season season and will be fighting for his chance in the defensive line rotation. Clarke had half a sack and four tackles in 12 games last season, which doesn’t seem like much but seeing the fact he was a number three defensive end behind Johnson and Geathers, it could be encouraging.

Next: Defensive Tackle

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