Who Dey notes: Bengals’ Cedric Ogbuehi, backfield of dreams

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Cedric Ogbuehi of the Texas A&M Aggies holds up a jersey after being picked #21 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Cedric Ogbuehi of the Texas A&M Aggies holds up a jersey after being picked #21 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Bengals OC Ken Zampese spreads the good news about Cedric Ogbuehi. Fans will be treated to a talented backfield battle, during training camp.

Bengals training camp is just a few heartbeats away. The seething issue–that keeps boiling out of the pot–is the status of the O-line. But, for a few moments, let’s pretend that issue doesn’t exist. In fact, let’s just meditate and concentrate on the positivity that comes from OC Ken Zampese. His thoughts on Cedric Ogbuehi are encouraging. Actually, his wisdom comes at a time when most Bengals fans need to hear something good about the offensive line.

Diehard believers are probably having hissy fits and stockpiling cases of Pepto-Bismol. But, according to Zampese, Ogbuehi is ahead of schedule and looking darn good.

"“I have full confidence that he’s going to be a fabulous player for us,” Zampese said, via Bengals.com. “It’s no different than a new guy at wide receiver or a new guy at another position. You find out what his skill set is so you can put in your game plan to keep it in his wheelhouse. No different than any other player.”  More from Bengals News3 teams that Joe Burrow could torch with his arm in 2022Bengals Roster: Drew Sample injury should push other TEs to step upBengals 2022 Training Camp: Top 3 takeaways from Day 8Bengals LT Jonah Williams probably psyched to see D.J. Humphries extension numbersCowboys’ Trevon Diggs puts Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase in his top-5 WR rankings"

Fabulous player? Did he say…fabulous…player? Andy Dalton should take a page from former Bengals’ QB’s and take the whole O-line out for steak dinners. If anything, that would ensure he wants the entire line to be as fabulous as Ogbuehi.

This will be the season fans get to see the real Ogbuehi. Moving back to his natural position at LT should bring out the beast in the young man.

Backfield Of Dreams

Training camp will bring back fond memories for some Bengals fans. Not since the Super Bowl days has this much talent been witnessed in the Cincinnati backfield. With Jeremy Hill, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard getting chances to pound the rock, things will certainly get interesting.

Everyone will want their chance to prove they belong. Mixon wants to show Bengals fans he has the talent to be in Orange & Black. Bernard is getting back into the swing of things after a nasty ACL tear. He’ll want to show that his speed and cutting abilities are still strong attributes. Hill? He’s in a contract year. This season will be both a resume and an opportunity to reclaim his rookie glory.

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This campaign should produce a 1,000-yard rusher. Chances are, that will be Mixon. Gio could be a surprise entrant, to keep things spicy. Yet, the pressure is on Hill to get his act right. No matter what, the Bengals’  backfield has a defensive headache written all over it.

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