1. Michael Jordan
Another O-lineman because, well, we want to be as thorough with this unit as possible.
Like Su’a-Filo, Michael Jordan finds himself in a very similar spot on the roster bubble, but less out of age than…bad history.
Bengals fans will never forget this one.
In Week 11 of 2020, Jordan crunched Washington’s pass rusher into the left knee of Joe Burrow and, well, you know what happened next.
That horrific game, Jordan allowed a sack, five quarterback hits, three hurries and nine pressures, and fittingly was benched for the final four games of the season.
No matter how many times he apologizes to Burrows, to the franchise and the fanbase, Jordan can’t rewrite history. It might be time for him to start a new chapter elsewhere.
If Jordan were a better lineman, Cincinnati would have more reason not keep him. But Jordan’s costly error against Washington wasn’t just a dip in form. It was a flatline of mediocre and disappointing performances.
In 2020, Jordan’s 35 pressures allowed were fourth-most among all guards last season. The three players who gave up more each played in 16 games, while Jordan took part in only 11. He finished the season with a below-average PFF grade (as expected) and was tied for third for most sacks allowed by a guard (six).
In Jordan’s defense, the entire Bengals O-line embodied turnstiles last year, and no player really shined for the team. But then again, no one got their star quarterback hurt quite as much as Jordan did.
While one play shouldn’t define anyone’s career, Jordan hasn’t proved himself as a reliable lineman in any capacity and has very little going for him as he enters his third year.
This season, expect somebody, anybody else to swoop in and knock Jordan off his already lowly perch. The Bengals need more bulls instead of matadors, and Jordan can close the door on his way out.