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Bengals 53-Man Roster Rankings: 15-6 Have Massive Upside

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /
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15. Andrew Billings, DT

An offensively focused series starts with a defensive player, but Billings deserves his place in the top 15 after a ridiculously impressive preseason. He fills a need for this team at nose tackle that they haven’t had since Domata Peko. Billings’ sheer size and strength is an asset against the run, as he showed time and time again this preseason. However, he also flashed some pass rushing acumen, racking up 1.5 sacks against Buffalo. Billings is ready to accept a larger role on this defensive line, and he can flourish next to Geno Atkins.

14. Tyler Eifert, TE

Eifert is going to have incredibly volatile stock heading into this year, but we all know what his upside is. The only reason he isn’t higher is because of those injury concerns, which are very real. However, a healthy Eifert is a true game-breaking weapon for the Bengals. He is a big-bodied threat who can also stretch the field vertically between the 20s. As a red zone target, there are few better than Eifert either. A full 16 game season is a near-lock for him to get double-digit touchdowns. If he can stay on the field, even for just 12 games, he will unlock so much potential for this team. That’s a big “if,” though.

13. Preston Brown, LB

Brown comes in as a free agent to stabilize this linebacker corps for 2018. The Bengals severely lacked the run-stopping presence in the middle of the field coming into this year, and Vontaze Burfict’s absence didn’t help that at all. Brown brings that exact skill set to this team, which will immediately help this defense. Playing next to good off-ball linebackers like Jordan Evans and Vincent Rey, Brown can be the tackling machine in the middle of the field this team needs. Although Brown himself is not great in the pass game, that flaw is covered up in this defense. Brown could once again be among the league leaders in tackles if he hits his peak in his hometown.

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