Bengals to “mess with” different O-line combinations in OTAs

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The Bengals drafted Jonah Williams in the first round because of how well he played tackle at the University of Alabama, but Williams may not wind up there come September.

Williams played left tackle at rookie minicamp, but the whole team is now set to work together in organized team activities and that means incumbent starter Cordy Glenn will also be on the field. There’s been speculation about someone moving to guard or to the other side of the line and the team will likely be taking a look at all options during OTAs.

Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said that the team is going to experiment by moving players around as they hunt for the right group for the regular season.

“We have the flexibility to give us the five best players where ever they fit. It’s going to be really hard to know that until we put pads on. The pads are always the great equalizer,” Callahan said, via the team’s website. “Monday is not a foreshadowing of Week One in September. We’re going to mess with a bunch of different combinations. Where we start on Monday could very well be where we start come September. It could very well not. A lot of football between now and then.”

There are high hopes for what head coach Zac Taylor will do with the offense in Cincinnati and figuring out the right way to deploy the offensive line will be an essential part of reaching those goals.

16 responses to “Bengals to “mess with” different O-line combinations in OTAs

  1. Bengals owner mike brown was nice to gift wrap
    high character, All-Pro, leader Andrew Whitworth
    to the Rams.

  2. If any of the o linemen they signed and drafted start they will be markedly improved. I
    think they should trade Hart. Tooo much to pay a backup.Should be a big help for the run
    game.

  3. “Glenn – Boling – Price – Miller – Williams
    And Bobby Hart will make 7M to backup a rookie”
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    Trade Hart?!?
    For what?!?
    Some old lawn chairs?!?

    AT LEAST… three of those four… WOULD NOT be starting on most teams.

  4. Notwithstanding the usual snarky comments about the Bengals, this is a breath of fresh air. Other than Hart being overpaid, this approach is likely to vastly improve their line and their versatility. Their depth will be much, much better no matter what happens (note especially Michael Jordan at C and Guard). They’re not going to fix everything all at once, but this is an excellent start.

  5. If any of the o linemen they signed and drafted start they will be markedly improved. I
    think they should trade Hart. Tooo much to pay a backup.Should be a big help for the run
    game.

    They’d need to give up a 2nd round pick just to convince another team to take on that embarrassing contract.

  6. vincentvega513 says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Glenn – Boling – Price – Miller – Williams

    And Bobby Hart will make 7M to backup a rookie.

    ——

    Hart would have to start every game to make 7 million. He’s making 5 – if he makes the team. It’s an easy deal for the team to get away from. Keep railing on a non-issue though. Otherwise, have no issue with your projected line-up. As a Buckeye homer though, I expect Mike Jordan to win the RG job.

  7. Whoever says 3 of the 4 wouldn’t start on other teams must be trolling… Glenn, Price, Boling, and Williams would start on most teams and will start on this one. Everyone thinks they know more than the people who do this for a living. They haven’t even put the whole team on the field yet! Let’s see what they do before condemnation for not allowing fantasy football players to build the roster.

  8. Williams, Boling, Price, Williams, Glenn. Keep the Rookie at LT , keep the learning curve shorter. Glenn only has one year left on his deal and is more of a masher which a RT needs to be, plus he is a pro and can adapt quicker to the new position. Let Jordan and Hart grow and can fill the spots vacated by Glenn and Boling going into 2020. Hopkins could be in the mix as well as a backup. He is a super sub. No idea why Westerman has been given more looks. I like the depth on the OLine.

  9. stillabengalsfan: Thank you! I’ve been saying this since they signed Hart. They didn’t have a crystal ball to know what they were getting in the draft. It’s not like the free agent market was flooded with O-line talent. If they didn’t sign him and didn’t get someone in the draft then they’d be in real trouble. So they signed him to what everyone thinks is a crazy contract. But if you look at the details, it’s not the outrageous deal everyone is losing their mind over.

  10. Mike Jordan was awful at OSU. Will be surprising if he makes it through camp. Big, slow, and mistake prone will not help the Bengals line issues.

  11. Mike H. says:
    May 20, 2019 at 10:59 am

    stillabengalsfan: Thank you! I’ve been saying this since they signed Hart. They didn’t have a crystal ball to know what they were getting in the draft. It’s not like the free agent market was flooded with O-line talent. If they didn’t sign him and didn’t get someone in the draft then they’d be in real trouble. So they signed him to what everyone thinks is a crazy contract. But if you look at the details, it’s not the outrageous deal everyone is losing their mind over.

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    I know man. I’ve been a Bengal fan for over 30 years, and I understand the frustration, but complaining about stuff like that is just petty and a waste of time. We only had 1 tackle on the roster prior to re-signing Hart. We all know he wasn’t very good, but he seemed to improve a little down the stretch, and at least played with a little fire (which was better than the other two options they were familiar with Ogbuhei and Fisher). At first the complaint from fans was that because we signed Hart, we wouldn’t be able to re-sign Dennard – but we got that done too. Hopefully the drafted players will take the starting positions and run with them and it will be a non-issue!

  12. Does anyone who watched the Buckeyes agree with Spinach14? Didn’t he excel as a guard before being pressed into the center position when Price left?

  13. Stillabengalsfan , I second your comments. It’s like some folks don’t look past the Hart #s and understand the salary cap. Glad you articulated my sentiments for me.

  14. That video with Simms and Florio is a bit comical. They don’t know this team very well. This team was playing well 4-1, 5-2 before the run of injuries hit. On top of that, they lost games due to Marvin’s poor game management. I’ll reserve judgement until I see how Taylor runs the show. It certainly can’t be a bad thing to change it up after 16 years. Thanks Marvin and bring it hard Zac!

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