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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Players who need breakout seasons to return to playoffs

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals is carted off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals is carted off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals is carted off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals is carted off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

The Bengals have had a plethora of misses on offensive linemen in recent drafts. Whether it is their ability to evaluate talent or their performance in developing players once they are on the team remains to be seen. Still, the Bengals may have found a key piece in the fourth round last year in Michael Jordan.

At just 21 years old, Jordan was thrust into significant playing time as a rookie. He held his own at times and even showed flashes of brilliance. However, he was inconsistent, which is to be expected for a player so young.

The good news is the former Buckeye has a lot going for him. His natural size and talent are obvious, but he’s also entering his second year as a pro. This is typically when players make their biggest leap in terms of development. With another offseason under his belt, he may be able to lock down one of the guard spots and allow the Bengals to focus their rebuilding efforts on other positions.

In past articles, we dived into offensive line rebuilds. Often times, players who are already on the roster and make a big improvement are key to winning the battle in the trenches. Jordan appears to be the Bengals best candidate to do just that.

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