5 dream scenarios for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022

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Dream No. 3: Cordell Volson snatches the LG spot in camp

The Bengals offensive line is set up to be the best Bengals line since 2016. It was an A+ offseason in the offensive trenches. Despite that, the left guard spot remains a major liability.

Jackson Carman is the current starter, but with his off-field drama and a past of not staying in shape, his spot is up for grabs. Past scouting reports about the Clemson product have included maturity concerns, and it’s safe to say – that of all current 22 starters – Carman is the least reliable.

Enter Cordell Volson, the North Dakota State product, who comes in with a legendary work ethic, a spotless background, and experience playing all five positions on the line. He worked his way as an undersized player at a tiny high school in North Dakota to the NFL.

Volson recently had this to say about his work ethic to KFGO in Fargo, ND.

"“You show up and you work hard. You show guys why you’re there to compete and help the team win,” Volson said. “You’re going to earn respect that way and that’s what I try to do everyday. Show up with hard hat and lunch pale ready to work.”"

His athletic ceiling is certainly lower than Carman’s, but if he’s good enough to win the job, his work ethic and consistency will be a better fit in Cincinnati.

If his skill matches his intangibles he could propel the Bengals to elite status in the offensive trenches.