5 Reasons for optimism about the Bengals’ season

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on September 13, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on September 13, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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5 Reasons for optimism about the Bengals' season
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Ogbuehi and Fisher putting in work

This may seem like a no-brainer.  I know what you’re thinking: “Of course they have been working to get better- it’s the offseason, isn’t it?”.  True, but this is the first offseason Ogbuehi has been able to focus on improving his strength and technique rather than his health.  He is working out with Jay Glazer at his MMA facility where Andrew Whitworth also happens to train in the offseason.  The significance of this is Ogbuehi often got pushed around and looked more to absorb contact and get in the way of defensive ends rather than stop them entirely.  Improving his strength, tenacity, and understanding of leverage combined with a full offseason of work could go a long way to helping him realize his potential.

Fisher is trying to add to his giant frame this offseason in preparation for his new job at right tackle.  Recently James Rapien of ESPN 1530 interviewed former Bengals lineman Dave Lapham. Dave likes what he sees.

"“Jake Fisher at the end of the year was about 280 and now he’s 310 lbs.  He’s put it on in good places-chest, shoulders… legs so he’s not sloppy whatsoever but he’s a heck of a lot stronger”."

Stronger is good.  20+ pounds of muscle stronger is very good.

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