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Cincinnati Bengals could make waves with this projected starting lineup

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 06: Vonn Bell #24 of the New Orleans Saints is introduced during intros prior to the start of a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 06: Vonn Bell #24 of the New Orleans Saints is introduced during intros prior to the start of a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Linebacker: Germaine Pratt

As soon as the Bengals cut ties with Preston Brown, Pratt began improving each and every week. He figures to play a big role in the linebacker corps as one of the only returning players from a season ago.

Linebacker: Josh Bynes

Bynes will lead the group of very young linebackers. The 30-year-old has played on championship-caliber teams and will further solidify the team’s run defense.

Linebacker: Logan Wilson

Wilson will be expected to come in and contribute heavily as a rookie. He has the ability to stay on the field all three downs and is solid in every aspect of his game.

Corner: Trae Waynes

Trae Waynes was a pretty solid corner for the Vikings but had some forgettable stretches. Expect him to be utilized more in man coverage than he was in Minnesota and to play better because of it.

Strong Safety: Vonn Bell

This is perhaps the hardest position to project out of any. It’s difficult to tell exactly how Bell and Shawn Williams will be utilized, as both excel at playing in the box. Expect both to be on the field at the same time in passing situations to give the Bengals better coverage options while also maintaining some run support.

Free Safety: Jessie Bates III

Jessie Bates will continue to patrol the back end with his fantastic range and knack for making adjustments.

Corner: William Jackson III

The former Houston corner has the ability to be top-10 at his position in the NFL, although he didn’t play like it at times last season. Don’t be surprised if he returns to his old self in his next campaign.

Slot Corner: Mackensie Alexander

Yes, this is supposed to be the starting back-seven, but with the amount of time defenses spend in nickel, leaving Alexander off this list wouldn’t do it justice. Alexander is a solid player who isn’t afraid to step up and help in run support.

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