Who will start on the right side of the line?
The offensive line has already vastly improved on last season. The addition of Cordy Glenn and Billy Price to the left side of the O-line is crucial. However, the Bengals still have to address the right side of the line, which is likely the weakest position on the team. New line coach Frank Pollack will have some tough decisions to make about who to start.
At right tackle, Jake Fisher has been leading the way for the job all offseason. Fisher, a former second round pick, has been waiting in the wings for this opportunity. His play has been okay, but not spectacular. Hopefully, free agent signing Bobby Hart can push Fisher for the starting job. Hart has started 14 games in his career, so his veteran experience could help him get the job. If Fisher can adapt to Pollack’s scheme, he will probably win the job. However, it’s not a lock, and don’t expect Hart to fade away easily.
At right guard, the competition is even more fierce. Last year’s starter, Trey Hopkins, got pushed into the role by the Bengals by chance. A UDFA tackle out of Texas, Hopkins seized his opportunity and played alright in 12 games. His counterpart, Christian Westerman, started the last four games of the year in his stead. Westerman had played worse throughout the year, but was surprisingly effective when he starter. Westerman’ hot finish to last season might be enough to win him the job, but Hopkins will certainly push him for that spot.