5 potential left guard options for Cincinnati Bengals in 2022

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2. Jackson Carman

This is the only true in-house option on the list. The Bengals spent their second-round pick on Jackson Carman in last year’s draft and his rookie season was disappointing, to say the least.

Carman appeared in all 17 games and saw time on the offensive line in 12 of those outings. He only played 100% of the offensive snaps in four games as a rookie and three of those were from Weeks 3-5.

When Hakeem Adeniji was healthy and able to return to action, Carman was benched and while he played in a rotation with the former sixth-rounder, he didn’t see much time in the playoffs.

While it’d be easy for the Bengals to ignore Carman as an option moving forward, there’s reason to believe that he can still be beneficial to the team. His final grades for the season were respectable but he just never had the opportunity to prove himself consistently.

Carman played right guard last season but it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if the team moved him back over to the left side (he played left tackle in college). It just feels way too early for the team to move on from Carman so we can’t rule him out as an option here.