4 Cincinnati Bengals newcomers projected to be starters in 2022

Leigh Oleszczak
From left: Offensive tackle La'el Collins (71), offensive guard Hakeem Adeniji, offensive tackle D'Ante Smith, offensive tackle Devin Cochran (77) and offensive guard Alex Cappa (66) walk to the next drill during practice, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields in Cincinnati.Cincinnati Bengals Practice May 17 0102
From left: Offensive tackle La'el Collins (71), offensive guard Hakeem Adeniji, offensive tackle D'Ante Smith, offensive tackle Devin Cochran (77) and offensive guard Alex Cappa (66) walk to the next drill during practice, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields in Cincinnati.Cincinnati Bengals Practice May 17 0102 /
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The Cincinnati Bengals had a busy offseason, adding key contributors to a roster they hope can run it back in the AFC. Four newcomers should find their way into starting jobs. 

When free agency kicked off, the Cincinnati Bengals wasted no time adding players they felt could help this team do what the 2021 unit could not — Win a Super Bowl.

The 2021 team came close to winning the franchise’s only Super Bowl but fell short of doing so. That’s why the front office was aggressive in adding talent and trying to give this year’s team a chance to be the first-ever Super Bowl champion Bengals.

Here are four newcomers to the team who should be starters in Week 1 against the Steelers. We’ll list them in alphabetical order since there’s really no doubt that these guys will be starting.

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Alex Cappa

The first free agent to not only join the Bengals but to agree to terms with a team in free agency was Alex Cappa, who the Bengals secured not even a minute into the legal tampering period. As suspicious as that might seem, Cappa is a Bengal and he’s going to be the team’s starting right guard for the next four years.

Right guard was a mess for Cincinnati last year but Cappa brings stability to the position. He graded out with a 73.4 score from PFF last year and allowed five sacks with the Buccaneers last year. He had just one penalty against him the entire regular season.

After how much of a liability the right guard position was for the stripes in 2021, Alex Cappa is here to make sure it’s no longer a weakness.

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