Projected Bengals offensive depth chart after rookie mini-camp
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here is a depth chart projection for the Bengals offense after rookie mini-camp concluded on Sunday (note: this is not the team's official depth chart and click here for projected defensive depth chart):
- Number Likely To Make 53-man Roster: 2.
- Starter: Andy Dalton.
- Battling for Backup Spot: Matt Barkley, Jeff Driskel, Logan Woodside.
- The Skinny: Barkley has just six NFL starts under his belt and was only 1-5 in them and has a career passer rating of a woeful 63.7, but that's more than either Driskel or Woodside have done. The Bengals have thought enough of Driskel to carry him to the final 53-man roster in each of the last two seasons (he was placed on the injured reserve list in 2017), while Woodside is probably ticketed for the practice squad, because it's hard to believe the Bengals would make an untested rookie their main backup at such an important position.
- Number Likely To Make 53-man Roster: 5-6 (depending on special teams performance).
- Starters: HB Joe Mixon, H-Back Ryan Hewitt.
- Top Backup: HB Giovani Bernard.
- Battling For Roster Spots: HB Mark Walton, HB Brian Hill, HB,Tra Carson, HB Jarveon Williams, HB Quinton Flowers, HB Ray Lawry, H-Back Cethan Carter, H-Back Jordan Franks.
- The Skinny: Mixon has all the makings of a star, while the capable Bernard will pick up the vast majority of the rest of the touches. The Bengals took Walton in the fourth round so they think a lot of his potential, and Hill did some nice things in his limited touches last season after being plucked off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad. Running backs coach Kyle Caskey has been high on Carson, and Flowers is making the conversion from playing quarterback at South Florida, but was a very good runner in college and is quite intriguing. The hope would be for Flowers to land on the practice squad.
- Number Likely To Make 53-man Roster: 6-7 (depending on special teams performance).
- Starters: A.J. Green (WR1), Brandon LaFell (WR2), Tyler Boyd (WR3/slot).
- Top Backups: John Ross, Josh Malone.
- Battling For Roster Spots: Alex Erickson, Cody Core, Auden Tate, Devonte Boyd, Kermit Whitfield, Ka'Raun White.
- The Skinny: Ross is perhaps the most interesting player on the roster, because he played only 17 snaps last season mainly because of injuries after being picked in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He could have a huge impact at this position and for this team. LaFell is serviceable, while Boyd bounced back from injuries and being benched to finish last season strong after a very good rookie season in 2016. The coaching staff thinks Malone has a lot of untapped potential. There is a lot of competition for the final one or two spots and special teams performance will likely dictate who makes it and who doesn't.
- Number Likely To Make 53-man Roster: 3.
- Starter: Tyler Eifert.
- Top Backup: Tyler Kroft.
- Battling For Roster Spot: C.J. Uzomah, Mason Shreck, Moritz Boehringer (note: Carter and Franks are also in the mix at this position).
- The Skinny: Eifert played only the first two games of last season before being shut down and eventually having back surgery and it's still questionable how well he can perform. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015. Kroft filled in admirably with 42 receptions, seven of which went for touchdowns. Uzomah is the favorite to stick over 2017 seventh-round pick Schreck and Boehringer, who was assigned to the team by the NFL through its International Player Pathway program and could be placed on the practice squad through an exemption.
- Number Likely To Make 53-man Roster: 9-10.
- Starters: LT Cordy Glenn, LG Clint Boling, C Billy Price, RG Trey Hopkins, RT Jake Fisher.
- Top Backups: T Cedric Ogbuehi, T/G Bobby Hart, C/G T.J. Johnson, G Christian Westerman.
- Battling For Roster Spots: G Alex Redmond, G Rod Taylor, T Kent Perkins, T Justin Murray, T Javarius Leamon, T Austin Fleer, C Brad Lundblade.
- The Skinny: The right guard and possibly even the right tackle starting positions are up for grabs with Ogbuehi and Hart in the mix along with Fisher at right tackle. The addition of Glenn via trade was huge and the team drafted Price in the first round. Redmond has a solid chance to make it after he split time with Westerman over the final two games and both played pretty well. They are in the mix for the starting right guard spot.