“Nobody knows” how Bengals line will shake out

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The Bengals needed help along the offensive line, so they used a pair of draft picks there, including their first-rounder.

But as yet, no one is quite sure how they’re going to deploy them.

They have an incumbent left tackle in Cordy Glenn and left guard in Clint Boling they like, and re-signed right tackle Bobby Hart this offseason. Then they drafted Alabama tackle Jonah Williams in the first round, tried to trade up into the second for more help, and added Ohio State guard Michael Jordan in the fourth.

Williams could start anywhere other than center, Jordan and 2018 draftee Billy Price each played center and guard for the Buckeyes. That could mean Glenn plays inside, or Williams does, or any number

“Mmhmm,” Glenn said of the uncertainty, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Nobody knows.”

Ostensibly, rookie head coach Zac Taylor does, and he said he hopes to settle it as quickly as possible.

“We will have a good feel going into training camp how we want it to sort out,” Taylor said. “We got plenty of time to sort it out right now in the month of May, but you’d like to make that decision sooner rather than later.”

The players involved will be relieved to know the answer, but the best news for the Bengals is they have legitimate options.

10 responses to ““Nobody knows” how Bengals line will shake out

  1. They should trade Hart to the Jets for Lee. Take some of that savings and sign Zach Brown.If they would do that, then there would be much more fan excitement going forward.

  2. Geobh, That’s an interesting proposition. I think they hold onto Hart this year. Let’s see what Williams can do before we anoint him. Totally agree about kicking the tires on Brown. But I think they are wanting to get faster at LB. Bengals usually only keep six, so who do you cut?

  3. “Nobody knows – but don’t worry, we hope to figure something out sooner or later”
    Ah, Bengals motto, one of my faves. Glad they kept it even after Marvin Lewis was fired.

  4. I know the pick of Sample has been bashed, but if he is as good at blocking as they say, he should help neutralize the speedy linebackers on the second level in the AFC North (like Devin Bush).

  5. I’ve never in my life ever heard an offensive line coach say “well, gee, we really have too many guys that are capable of playing…”

  6. And mixon was AFC leading rusher with a terrible line and missed a couple games. Think people will be surprised by the offense

  7. Cordy Glenn graded out almost as bad as Bobby Hart last year and they also had one of the NFL’s worst right guards. So they are still a long way from having their offensive line fixed. They should go ahead and put Jonah Williams at his natural left tackle position and let him work through his rookie season.

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