NOTE: This is the fifth of a seven-part series detailing each position group for the Bengals heading into training camp, which begins on July 26.
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - This part takes a look at defensive linemen who are locks to make the 53-man roster when it's finalized on Sept. 1, who are likely to make it and who are long shots to make it:
The Skinny: This should be a position of strength with several young players added through the draft over the last couple of years providing a needed boost of ability and athleticism.
Atkins is still among the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL if not the best. Dunlap is in a contract year and is still capable of of providing pressure at times off the edge, but he has slipped a bit the last two seasons after recording a career-high 13.0 sacks in 2015.
Lawson had a strong rookie season as a pass-rushing specialist with 8.5 sacks, but can he prove to be more than that?
Rookie Hubbard and Willis will likely battle to start at the end opposite of Dunlap, while the veteran Baker could be in the mix, but will likely be in the rotation at tackle.
That tackle rotation will also likely include Billings, Glasgow and the rookie Brown.
Veteran Michael Johnson will likely be the odd man out, although that appeared to be the case heading into training camp last year and he found a role as a defensive tackle in nickel situations. That role may go to Hubbard this season.
BENGALS TRAINING CAMP POSITION PREVIEW SCHEDULE