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Five optimistic predictions for the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2020 season

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after running for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after running for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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Bengals optimistic predictions: Weak units see major improvement

There were three big areas of concern for the Bengals finishing the 2019 season: the offensive line, linebacker unit, and secondary. These areas caused a lot of pain throughout the season and were regarded as some of the worst in the NFL. However, each of these position groups will make just enough improvement to avoid being the weak link in 2020.

The secondary is an easy place to find hope. Mackensie Alexander, Trae Waynes, and Vonn Bell all project to be high contributors to a defense that badly needed a makeover. Pairing these newcomers with Jessie Bates and William Jackson III will show a defense that is heavily improved from last year. They may not be the best in the NFL, but there should be more than enough talent to keep the Bengals in more games.

The offensive line does not have as many new faces, but additions of free agent Xavier Su’a-Filo and former first-round pick Jonah Williams should spark some excitement for this unit as well. There are many battles to continue watching throughout training camp on the offensive line, but with improvement from some young players and the addition of two new starters, the trenches should look greatly improved.

Finally, the linebacker room should take a leap forward. Free-agent Josh Bynes will bring leadership and experience to an otherwise young group to get the ball rolling. Germaine Pratt will look to take another step forward after a promising rookie campaign. Don’t forget about Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither, or Markus Bailey either, who are all bursting with potential.

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