Bengals: 5 questions that must be answered in training camp
The Cincinnati Bengals are heading into their second week of training camp and there are five questions that desperately need to be answered.
Cincinnati Bengals training camp questions
Is the offensive line good enough to stay upright in the AFC North?
The Bengals’ most significant question mark entering this season is whether their improvements to the line were enough. Over the last several years, the consistent struggles have been one of the dying needs the Bengals have to fix.
We need to know if this offensive line is good enough to protect Joe Burrow and maintain pass rushes, especially in one of the toughest divisions in football. And so far in training camp, the Bengals’ offensive line has struggled.
Over the first 11 games last year, Burrow got sacked 32 times, tied for the second-most in the league, and tackle Jonah Williams was the only player to record a pass-blocking grade higher than 70.0 (75.8).
However, the Bengals hired offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who has an excellent track record and is known for his widespread blocking scheme, plus the additions of veteran Riley Reiff, second-round pick Jackson Carman, and re-signing Quinton Spain, they should have an improved line—especially being fully healthy. And if need be, they’re still free agent lineman to consider.
This will continue to be the biggest concern going into the season and will leave Bengals fans on the edge of their seat once Burrow takes that first snap under center Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.