5 Ways The Bengals Can Make It To Super Bowl LII

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Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the huddle during a time out against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the huddle during a time out against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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5. Young Players Need to Mature

Cincinnati has gotten almost little to nothing out of young players they have drafted the last three years or so. They drafted Darqueze Dennard, Cedric Ogbuehi, and William Jackson III . Dennard has been injured for most of his career, Ogbuehi looked terrible at the right tackle spot and came back from injury. Jackson was injured for his whole rookie season.

Cincinnati has to eventually get some sort of production out of the younger guys. They’ll need them to grow up and become effective starters for the team’s success. The players that were once young are now old and close to hitting 30. The only way for the Bengals to get back to the playoffs would be the younger guys stepping up for the older guys. For example, the secondary is getting old and the younger players like Josh Shaw and Dennard need to shine. On the defensive line, players like Will Clarke and Marcus Hardison, will need to produce to keep the D-line going.

Next: 3-Round Mock

When drafting for the next season, the Bengals will need to get players that will be capable of making plays. There is no waiting anymore. It’s now or never for the Bengals. Andy Dalton is close to hitting 30 and A.J. Green is going to turn 29 in July. Each player in Day one and two of the draft should be able to become immediate starters. It’s not time to draft for the future…but for the present.

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