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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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9. Joe Mixon, RB

Like Dalton, this offense will depend on the success of Mixon very much. As a rookie, Mixon had very little room to run behind a poor offensive line. He also did not run north-south enough, leading to many short runs. In year two, Mixon should be able to take on a larger workload behind an improved line. His combination of size, speed, and power is virtually unmatched at the running back position, and once he gets open space, he is unstoppable. Mixon needs to be more of a one-cut runner in between the tackles, which would allow him to cut down on his 1 and 2 yard carries. Although there are still some reservations, Mixon should be a three-down back, giving the Bengals an entirely new dynamic on offense.

8. Cordy Glenn, OT

Glenn, very similarly to Tyler Eifert, has volatile stock headed into the 2018 season. He is one of the premier left tackles in the NFL, both in run and pass blocking. He has phenomenal size and foot speed for the position, and can operate effectively in a zone blocking scheme. The only question for Glenn this year is his health, and it is a big question. He played only six games in 2017 and has dealt with nagging injuries the last few years. If Glenn is healthy in 2018, he radically changes the outlook of the offensive line and the offense as a whole. Much like Eifert, though, that is still a big “if.”

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