3 Cincinnati Bengals players who need to be demoted

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2. Any of the right guard options

Okay, so someone has to start at right guard but unfortunately, the Bengals don’t have any good options to play the position. They’ve had three different starters at right guard and none have looked particularly good.

The first up to bat at right guard was Xavier Su’a-Filo, who joined the team last year and appeared in six games. He won the starting right guard in training camp/preseason but an injury after two starts led to him landing on IR and he’s yet to appear in a game ever since.

Rookie Jackson Carman made his first start in Week 3 and looked decent for three weeks before getting injured. He’s appeared in 15 games this season (playing only special teams in several of those games) but only five of those were starts. Carman was brought in to be one of the starting guards of the future but he’s been up and down.

Hakeem Adeniji started the season on IR but was able to return in Week 9 and has been at right guard ever since. He, like the other two, hasn’t been anything to write home about.

The PFF grades for each of the Bengals’ three right guards are:

  • Xavier Su’a-Filo – 50.0
  • Jackson Carman – 52.7
  • Hakeem Adeniji – 51.8

Right guard is definitely a position the team needs to focus on in the offseason because these three aren’t the answer.