Bengals Offense 2016: Previewing Cincinnati’s Strength

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Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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What about the Offensive Line?

The Bengals offensive line will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.  Injuries this preseason to Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi may make the start of the season somewhat difficult.  But, overall this Bengals offensive line will dominate.  Outside the occasional struggles of Center Russell Bodine, this line will maul and mangle defensive lines all year.

For any O-line to be considered elite the left tackle must be highly skilled.  Luckily for the Bengals, Andrew Whitworth is just that: elite.  At age 33, Whitworth is experienced, skilled and has a great relationship with Andy Dalton.  Yet, one of the most important players on the team could be backup lineman Jake Fisher.

The flexibility of Fisher to play multiple positions allows for a solid rotation for the O-line as they plug and play him in various roles all season.  At guard and center, the O-line looks to be solid and dependable yet again.  Last year the trio of Zeitler, Bodine and Boling barely missed any snaps.  That kind of consistency paired with a Pro-Bowl caliber LT should lead to the Bengals offense dominating the line of scrimmage all year.  At RT, the Bengals upgraded the position by simply not re-signing Andre Smith.  Consequently, Cedric Ogbuehi and veteran Eric Winston manning the Right Tackle spot will be more than sufficient, assuming the injuries to Jake Fisher and Ogbuehi don’t persist all year.

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