Thanks to everyone who has voiced their opinions about how you think the Bengals’ roster will shape up over the coming months. The great thing about discussions like this is that anything can still happen for the guys we like, and we can all learn something from each other, so keep those comments coming.
While I am not as secure with the backfield as I would like to be, I think the 2012 defense will be improved from the previous year’s model: better horsepower, quicker acceleration and improved traction. The defense will continue to be the better unit, although the offense should close the gap a bit.
|OFFENSIVE ROSTER PROJECTION|
|Pos||Starter||Backup||Practice Squad||Miss The Team|
|CB1||Leon Hall||Nate Clements||Brandon Ghee||Terence Newman, Reuben Haley|
|CB2||Dre Kirkpatrick||Shaun Prater|
|CB3||Jason Allen||Adam Jones|
|FS||Reggie Nelson||Jeromy Miles||Tony Dye||Robert Sands, Patrick McClellan|
|SS||Taylor Mays||George Iloka|
|OLB1||Manny Lawson||Dontay Moch||Vincent Rey||Dan Skuta, Emmanuel Lamur, Micah Johnson, Grant Hunter, Brandon Joiner|
|ILB||Rey Maualuga||Vontaze Burfict|
|OLB2||Thomas Howard||Roddrick Muckelroy||DeQuin Evans|
|DE1||Carlos Dunlap||Robert Geathers||Derrick Harvey|
|DE2||Michael Johnson||Jamaal Anderson|
|DT1||Domata Peko||Devon Still|
|DT2||Geno Atkins||Pat Sims
The picks at linebacker are by far the toughest. Putting a guy with the experience of Skuta on the street in favor of of Burfict is crazy on one level. But unless Burfict implodes during camp, I really think Marvin wants him, and he might not clear waivers to be signed to the practice squad. Knowing if Moch’s migraine issues have cleared up would also be helpful, as the Bengals carrying him through another season with that problem is doubtful.
Also, does anyone agree with the rumors that Nate Clements is at risk of being cut because of age and salary? I do not, but I would love to hear an argument from the other side.