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Predicting the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2014 Starters

Predicting 2014 Cincinnati Bengals' Starters

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As teams prepare for OTAs, training camp is just around the corner. We take a look at the projected starters at each position for the 2014 Cincinnati Bengals. Will any rookies crack the starting list?

QB - Andy Dalton

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QB - Andy Dalton

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Despite the wishes of his naysayers, Andy Dalton is (and deserves to be) the starting quarterback for the Bengals in 2014. The job belongs to Dalton, barring injury. He has proven his ability to win games using his arm, and the Bengals will be looking for consistency going forward.

RB - Giovani Bernard

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RB - Giovani Bernard

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Arguably the deepest position on the team, Giovani Bernard will receive the starting nod in just his second year out of North Carolina. Followed on the depth chart by Jeremy Hill and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Bengals have the potential to have the best running back trio in the NFL.

WR - A.J. Green & Marvin Jones

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WR - A.J. Green & Marvin Jones

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A.J. Green is one of the most explosively dominant wide receivers in the NFL. While Green provides consistency, the Bengals will rely heavily on Marvin Jones to provide a stable compliment to Green. In 2013, Jones emerged as a viable passing threat for the Bengals. Look for second-year player Cobi Hamilton to make the team out of spring training as well, he could be a sleeper (especially considering the struggles of M. Sanu).

TE - Tyler Eifert & Jermaine Gresham

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TE - Tyler Eifert & Jermaine Gresham

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In 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals completely misused their tight ends - they arguably completely ignored them. Look for new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to use these impressive tight ends to spread the passing game. If given the opportunity, Eifert and Gresham can control the entire field between the numbers.

G - Andrew Whitworth & Kevin Zeitler

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G - Andrew Whitworth & Kevin Zeitler

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The offseason featured lots of talk regarding the possibility of moving Whitworth to tackle, where he excelled last year. However, Zeitler and Whitworth provide the Bengals with two fantastic run-blockers. Effective as well in the passing game, this tandem has been a solid duo since Zeitler was drafted.

T - Andre Smith & Clint Boling/Mike Pollack

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T - Andre Smith & Clint Boling/Mike Pollack

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One of the top tackles in the AFC, Andre Smith is a staple on the Bengals' line. If healthy, Clint Boiling has a great shot at starting opposite Smith. However, if Boiling isn't ready, recently re-signed Mike Pollack will get the nod at tackle.

C - Trevor Robinson

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C - Trevor Robinson

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While Trevor Robinson is the early favorite to start for the Bengals, don't discount recently drafted Russell Bodine from North Carolina. The Cincinnati staff loves competition, and they will certainly see a great deal of that from this position, especially when Mike Pollack also has the ability to play center.

CB - Leon Hall & Darqueze Dennard

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CB - Leon Hall & Darqueze Dennard

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Assuming there are no setbacks in his rehab, Leon Hall is the top corner for Cincinnati. The second spot on the depth chart will be between Terence Newman, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and rookie Darqueze Dennard. Look for Dennard to impress throughout OTAs and training camp to secure the starting spot opposite Hall.

FS - Reggie Nelson

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FS - Reggie Nelson

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Reggie Nelson has quietly become one of the best free safeties in the NFL. Solid against the run and the pass alike, Nelson brings a ferocious physicality to the Bengals defense.

SS - George Iloka

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SS - George Iloka

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Surprisingly, the Bengals did not address the strong safety position in free agency or the draft. That could be their level of confidence in George Iloka or lack of options. A player to keep an eye on during training camp is second year player Shawn Williams out of Georgia, last year's third round selection.

MLB - Rey Maualuga

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MLB - Rey Maualuga

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After re-signing with the Bengals prior to the 2013 season, Rey Maualuga had a dramatically improved season. While his pass-coverage still leaves a lot to be desired, Maualuga has been successful against the run. A dark-horse could be Vinny Rey who impressed in his time filling in for Maualuga last season.

OLB - Vontaze Burfict & Emmanuel Lamur

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OLB - Vontaze Burfict & Emmanuel Lamur

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By now, everyone knows that Vontaze Burfict is one of the top linebackers in the game. And while Burfict may very well be the middle linebacker of the future, he currently will reside as an outside linebacker. Opposite of Burfict will be Emmanuel Lamur who, like Vinny Rey, was impressive last season before succumbing to injuries. Lamur will become the tallest linebacker on the team (6-foot-4).

DE - Carlos Dunlap & Robert Geathers

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DE - Carlos Dunlap & Robert Geathers

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Many eyes will be on this squad following the loss of Michael Johnson during the offseason. While Dunlap brings skill and stability to the left end of the line, there are quite a few options for the Bengals at right end. After being lost for the year early in 2013, look for veteran Robert Geathers to get the not at right end to start the season

DT - Geno Atkins & Domata Peko

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DT - Geno Atkins & Domata Peko

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Two of the absolute best defensive tackles in the game will anchor the line for the Bengals as they have for the past few seasons. Good luck running in between the tackles, opposing running backs.

K - Mike Nugent

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K - Mike Nugent

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Mike Nugent has been one of the most consistent kickers in Bengals history and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

P - Kevin Huber

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P - Kevin Huber

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After suffering a broken jaw in late 2014, Kevin Huber will retain his spot as punter for the Bengals. One of the best punters in the NFL, Huber is a secret weapon for the Bengals.