Cincinnati Bengals could make waves with this projected starting lineup

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When examining the projected starting lineup for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020, the possibility of the team making waves is there. 

The Cincinnati Bengals are set to look drastically different the next time they take the field. After a disappointing start to the Zac Taylor era, the front office has gone to work, deviating from their usual philosophies in an attempt to get the franchise back on track. They poured money into the open market in the hopes of revitalizing the roster and wisely spent their draft capital in late April.

With so many long time veterans out of the picture, such as Andy Dalton, Dre Kirkpatrick, John Miller, B.W. Webb, and others, it leaves voids to be filled by newcomers and young prospects.

That’s a good thing, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where Lou Anarumo’s unit finished with some of the lowest rankings among the league. After limping to January, the team rated out as 29th in total defense, 21st in passing defense, and dead last in rushing defense. Thankfully, ownership took the necessary steps to overhaul all three levels.

The turnover on the offensive side of the ball is less drastic but still has some very notable differences compared to last year’s unit. With a new man under center, the Bengals could look just as different in this phase, despite returning a lot of the same players.

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All in all, the roster looks much improved in this projected starting lineup. So much so, the Bengals could make some waves next season in a way that many aren’t expecting them to.