Bengals rookies stuck on third team or worse, with one exception


The Bengals, like many teams, have issued an initial depth chart.  The biggest takeaway comes from the inability of most of the team’s draft picks to take jobs away from veterans.

With one exception, every draft picks occupies a spot on the third string or worse, from first-round cornerback Darqueze Dennard (third string) to second-round running back Jeremy Hill (third string, behind Gio Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis) to third-round defensive end Will Clark (third string) to fifth-round quarterback A.J. McCarron (third string, behind Andy Dalton and Jason Campbell) to sixth-round linebacker Marquis Flowers (third string) to seventh-round receiver James Wright (fourth-string “other” group) to seventh-round cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks (fourth-string “other” group).

Only fourth-round guard Russell Bodine (pictured) lands higher than third string; the North Carolina product appears on the depth chart as the starting center.

Like every depth chart, it can and will change.  For most Bengals rookies, it can’t get any worse.

22 responses to “Bengals rookies stuck on third team or worse, with one exception

  1. It says more about the talent of the roster then the inability of the rookies. Nobody should be surprised by any of this.

    Besides Marvin’s first depth chart of the season isn’t a good way to gauge the talent of the rookies.

  2. Not a surprise for the late picks. Not a surprise for the RB to be behind two established starters. Not a surprise for McCarron to be 3rd string behind Campbell.

    The only surprise and disappointment would be the first round CB Dennard isn’t at least second string.

  3. Not worried about Dennard or Hill. They’re both future starters. I expect BJGE to be released soon. Bodine I’m worried about. He can’t get through a single practice without snapping a ball way over the QB’s head. The rest of those guys figured to be practice squad fodder anyway.

  4. I’m already completely freaked out with Bodine at Center. He had to be taken out of OTAs and onto the sideline to work on snapping issues and has had several wild snaps in training camp so far. This is going to be a concern/something to watch as preseason unfolds.

  5. It’s called depth. When you have the talent the Bengals do it’s a good thing. It’s nice to be at a spot where you don’t have to rush rookies into every starting spot.

  6. I find it odd that every team doesn’t have situations like this.

    How can a 21 year old, coming right out of college, be any better than a 25 year old who has been with a team for 4 years? That’s 4 years with a professional nutritionist, trainer and NFL coaching.

    Average vet > Average rookie

    For example: The Lions drafted a CB in the 4th round this year named Nevin Lawson. They drafted a CB in the 3rd round 2 years ago named Bill Bentley. Bill has been in the NFL for 2 years now, training, working out, being coached up. His job is in jeopardy because they drafted this Lawson kid in the 4th round this year. Sorry, but I don’t buy it that the rookie can possibly put us in a better position to win. Not that it REALLY matters who’s playing CB in the NFL anymore…I’m going to guess that on over 50% of the snaps where a CB makes a “good play”, that there will be a flag. But I digress…

    Not sure why rookies are always floated to the top of the depth chart over these guys that have been working their tails off training for years. Props to Cinci for doing what’s best for their team rather than their NFL Network “draft grade”.

  7. With Andy’s signing, doesn’t that mean that the McCarron threat to Andy’s agent is over? Why don’t the Bengals just waive him? The game is over.

  8. “For most Bengals rookies, it can’t get any worse.”

    Same goes for veterans, and fans.

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