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  1. Makes sense to trade for depth at DT considering they lost Wren, Tupou opted out, and Glasgow was cut after failing his physical.
  2. It's hard to argue the Bengals are better than 3rd in the division, more likely they're last. Cleveland signed Conklin and drafted Wills to fix their problems at OT. Pittsburgh is coming off a down year, but Pouncey and DeCastro are still better than anyone in the division at their positions. Baltimore is losing a likely HOF player in Yanda, but they have the rest back and led the league in rushing. Best case for Bengals is middle of the pack and I doubt the rest of the division will be worse than that.
  3. Crazy situation but at least it had a happy ending with the guy being found alive and well. I can't judge anyone because I would probably be pretty unhinged if my dad was missing and possibly dead. Hopefully it gets resolved out of court and Alexander misses little or no time.
  4. I don't think most of Bengaldom is expecting a Super Bowl or even playoffs this year. It's Year 2 of a major overhaul and we just picked first overall. Last year was a disaster on multiple fronts and certainly the o-line deserves blame for the offensive struggles. Injuries and inexperience had a hand in it, but so did flat out poor play. Most teams are going to struggle starting John Jerry and Bobby Hart at OT and it is not a coincidence that we saw improvement down the stretch with better health and experience. If the unit can avoid being decimated by injury, I am optimistic we will see improvement. They showed it in the second half last season and there is room for more with young talent like Williams, Jordan, and Johnson. It sucks Williams had surgery for a pre existing injury but continuing to whine about it does nothing at this point. He has no greater risk for other injuries than anyone else and by all accounts he' s coming back jacked and motivated to atone. Besides if it hadn't happened we almost certainly don't get Burrow at #1 to build around.
  5. I read the Big 10 may resort to a 10 game conference-only schedule. The likelihood is that many states may not allow games and those who can play will do so. I don't think playing in the spring is very appealing since it will impact the 2021 season and the NFL would be against it. College football is going to be hurt no matter what, but the only thing they can save is the TV money and putting as many games on it as possible. I predict the Big 5 will probably all play except possibly the Pac 12.
  6. Spread and shred is what some people called Burrow and the LSU offense last year. I'd be surprised if the Bengals don't incorporate similar formations to cater to Burrow's strengths. He definitely isn't hurting for weapons.
  7. Turner's comments are realistic about the challenges they face without being together in person. This off season is not ideal for getting the o-line to work cohesively, but they've got to do it somehow. He seems to think he's got enough pieces to make it work, but it will be difficult without practice time and limited contact.
  8. Hopkins is definitely a leader and he's earned his place. Undrafted and injured early in his career, he bounced back and outplayed a 1st round pick to win the job at C. It's kind of crazy that he is the surest bet on the o-line, but it's true. The overall lack of experience at o-line is a concern. XSF is another veteran presence in the mix and I think he will wind up being an upgrade over Miller.
  9. The Eagles top backup OT the last several years, Vaitai, signed a big deal with Detroit. So their depth is not great either. Also, Peters wants to continue playing but he wants to play LT for a contender. That's not likely to happen here.
  10. I guess you can say the same thing about what the Eagles are doing with LT. They're handing the job to last year's first round pick and letting Peters walk. Is it a risk? No doubt about it. I guess you have to trust your evaluation of the player and get lucky with health.
  11. FWIW, Dan Hoard had an interview with Jonah Williams on the Bengals Booth podcast back around the draft. He said he's 100% ready to go and will have zero limitations whenever things start back up. He also said his training and workouts are showing he's coming back stronger than he was prior to surgery. Sounded very motivated to prove himself and justify the team's investment.
  12. Williams is going to play LT if healthy. I doubt he gets benched even if he struggles, but other options at LT would be Johnson (who started last season's finale at LT) and Adeniji (who started every game of his college career at LT). Adeniji could also line up at guard, which he did at the Senior Bowl. Taylor has said Sua'Filo was signed to compete at RG and he would be the leading candidate at this point. He has 53 career starts and was a replacement starter for Dallas the last two years. Redmond and Price would also be in the mix at RG, with Price as the backup center as well. Hopkins and Jordan will start at C and LG if healthy. Callahan has said the RT job will be an open competition and count me in the camp hoping Johnson takes the job and runs with it. Hart is a liability even if he played somewhat better down the stretch last year. I also hope Isaiah Prince outplays Hart for the backup RT job.
  13. Never forget that Dalton only came here because Palmer quit during a lockout. It was probably the worst time possible to have your franchise QB refuse to play and Dalton played well enough as a rookie to win 9 games and back into the playoffs. That's a legit accomplishment, as was the 5 straight playoff appearances from 2011-2015. The problem was that Dalton (and the team in general) repeatedly came up small in big games and we pretty much knew his ceiling by 2013. A better organization would have been looking to upgrade for years, like the Chiefs and Ravens did recently. The Bengals never did until it completely bottomed out and it was extremely frustrating to watch the last 3-4 years. Dalton wasn't good enough to overcome the decline of his cast and the overall roster. Few QB's probably could.
  14. Finally got around to checking out the UDFA and it seems like we landed some interesting prospects. Based off some of the lists I found, the best of the bunch are Clark, Knipfel, Wilcox, and Swann. Odds are a couple of them make the roster and I'd guess they'll come from those four.
  15. There was zero chance Dalton stayed at $17 million plus to sit on the bench. Sure, it was possible, but this organization and this owner was never going to allow it to happen. The money freed up should lead to another signing or extension. Burrow's contract is a huge advantage that creates a window to spend more on the rest of the roster, which they've done this off season. It would've been a waste to have a backup QB at that price.
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