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How Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan Should Proceed with Billy Price

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 26: Billy Price #53 of the Cincinnati Bengals comes set at the line during the first half of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on August 26, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 26: Billy Price #53 of the Cincinnati Bengals comes set at the line during the first half of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on August 26, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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Billy Price notably struggled in his first season in Cincinnati. Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan have no choice but to try and rebuild the former first-round pick.

As Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan evaluate the current Cincinnati Bengals roster, they will take a good long look at the name of the first round selection for Cincy in 2018: Billy Price.

Price struggled many times throughout his rookie campaign. He had a missed block that led to a pick-six in the opening game against Indianapolis. Price is the player who snapped the ball over Andy Dalton’s head when he ended his season recovering the ensuing fumble, and he struggled mightily vs Denver. Price was also injured for 6 games last season, so he didn’t get a chance to get into a rhythm at all in 2018.

Given the obvious holes on the Bengals offensive line in 2018, Taylor and Callahan should make getting the most out of the raw potential of price an utmost priority.  Price still has the size, athleticism, and strength to be a starter in the NFL, the question is if the new coaching staff will be willing to put him in easy blocking situations to allow him to get into a groove in 2019.

Price mainly struggled in snap accuracy and pass blocking in 2019, which is undoubtedly what gave him a below average grade for his rookie season by Pro Football Focus. If Taylor and his staff can offer Price some help on tougher pass rushers, perhaps it will give him a chance to build some confidence, and allow him to forget his very suspect 2018 campaign. If Cincinnati can find a way to make Price a serviceable player, they would be far closer to fixing the biggest problem their offense faces in 2019.

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