Here, we buy or sell each of the Cincinnati Bengals’ position groups heading into the 2020 campaign.
Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals are coming off one of the worst years in franchise history. However, not all is bad for the second-year coach and his team. The front office took a completely different approach to the offseason and transformed the team at nearly every position.
So which positions will thrive in 2020? Which one won’t be up to par?
Being the most important position in football, quarterbacks can make or break a team’s season. After a 2-14 season in 2020, the Bengals chose to make a change at the position for the first time since 2011. Joe Burrow was selected with the first pick in the NFL Draft to replace long-time starter, Andy Dalton.
With a first overall pick at the position, buying into the quarterback position is a no-brainer. Burrow was taken first for a reason. His potential is sky-high and many feel he could bring a championship to Cincinnati.
What about the backups? Second-year quarterbacks Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala will compete for the backup spot. While Finley had a rough time when given chances in 2020, he could be a solid backup now that he has a year of NFL experience under his belt. On the other hand, Dolegala has not yet played an NFL snap but has shown potential in the preseason that shows he could be a solid backup to Burrow.
While the backup options aren’t ideal, between Finley and Dolegala, the Bengals should be able to find a suitable bench warmer for Burrow. Unless Burrow suffers an injury, neither of the two will see a snap in the NFL anytime soon.
Running Back: BUY
With a rookie quarterback, the Bengals may look to rely on the running game in 2020. Luckily for them, they have one of the best groups of running backs in the league.
Joe Mixon is an elite running back and may just be the best player on the Bengals’ entire roster. In the upcoming season, don’t be surprised if Mixon has the best statistical year of his career.
Behind Mixon is Giovani Bernard, one of the most overlooked players on the roster. Gio can still ball when given the chance, those chances just have not presented themselves in recent seasons. If Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan can figure out how to use both Mixon and Bernard, it could be hard for teams to stop the Bengals’ running attack.
Behind Mixon and Bernard are two talented but unproven running backs. Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson were both selected by the Bengals in the sixth round on the 2019 NFL Draft. Both were very talented backs in college who could breakout if given playing time in 2020.
Overall, the running back is one of the better position groups on the Bengals’ entire roster and that should show on the field in 2020.