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Notable players on roster bubble at each position group as Bengals approach training camp

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Hard for me to see them getting rid of Price due to the Hopkins injury, almost seems like perhaps they are holding out as him being a last ditch reclamation project for Pollack. Also, they seem pretty content with Brandon Allen as the backup QB, so it's hard to see Shurmur or Dungey overtaking him.

QB: Brandon Allen

There aren’t many options for “veterans” at this position. But if Allen gets outplayed by one of Kyle Shurmur or Eric Dungey in camps and the preseason, we know the team feels confident enough in Burrow to not keep around a “mentor” type just for the sake of it.


RB: Trayveon Williams


Williams would appear to have all the upside in the world. But his competition just got much steeper this offseason. Samaje Perine got an extension with Gio Bernard gone and rookie Chris Evans and undrafted Pooka Williams could outperform him.


WR: Mike Thomas


Thomas was a fun little add a few years ago because of the Zac Taylor connection. But he isn’t cracking the top three, Auden Tate still has the big-wideout niche filled and Trent Taylor is looking like a lock on punt returns. The team can only keep so many and even a Stanley Morgan would appear to have more upside.


TE: Mason Schreck


Cincinnati has had trade calls on Schreck in the past, so keep him in mind as a potential mover. He’s behind the big two on the depth chart, sparring with Mitchell Wilcox and now has to worry about Burrow’s former LSU teammate, Thaddeus Moss.


OT: Fred Johnson


Johnson still has what would appear to be worthwhile upside — but he could lose the numbers game. Riley Reiff and Jonah Williams are the starters and draft pick D’Ante Smith can play both sides. Isaiah Prince is still there, too. Maybe only the injury to Hakeem Adeniji helps Johnson stick.


IOL: Billy Price


The Bengals are going to have to make some tough calls in the trenches and Price isn’t guaranteed to flash enough to stick around just because Frank Pollack is back. Rookie Trey Hill has some huge potential at center and another rookie, Jackson Carman, has things locked down at left guard. That leaves right guard, where veterans Quinton Spain and Xavier Su’a-filo will spar for starting honors. Price, meanwhile, is fighting with the likes of Michael Jordan.


DL: Renell Wren


Another guy who appeared to have massive upside was Wren. But he returns from injury to a beefed-up roster that includes Larry Ogunjobi and a returning Mike Daniels, not to mention edges capable of kicking inside like Trey Hendrickson, Joseph Ossai and Cameron Sample.


LB: Jordan Evans


Cincinnati didn’t make a ton of waves at linebacker this offseason. Joe Bachie’s arrival though, could spell trouble for someone like Evans, who doesn’t project to crack the base formations much but could excel on special teams.


CB: Darius Phillips


Yes, fans won’t like this one much. But Phillips hasn’t reached his big potential yet because of availability. He’s now competing for snaps with Trae Waynes, Mike Hilton, Chidobe Awuzie, Eli Apple, Ricardo Allen, Tony Brown, Winston Rose and even undrafted Antonio Phillips. He’s also seeing Trent Taylor make major headway as a returner, which could cause him a big problem.


S: Trayvon Henderson


Not much moving here at safety. Brandon Wilson will stick because of his elite skill as a returner, so the fourth spot is a battle of end-of-roster types. Maybe the team decides to just keep three.


Specialists: Austin Seibert


The Bengals have started another kicker battle by drafting Evan McPherson, who should end up winning. For now, rookie punter Drue Chrisman doesn’t figure to take down Kevin Huber.

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