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5 Things We’ve Learned From Cincinnati Bengals’ Early OTAs

5 Things We've Learned From Cincinnati Bengals' Early OTAs

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The Cincinnati Bengals are busy training and installing their offensive and defensive systems this offseason during OTAs. Here are five revelations about the 2014 Bengals that have been brought to light during these workout sessions.

5. Geno Atkins Could Miss Start of 2014

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5. Geno Atkins Could Miss Start of 2014

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Star defensive tackle Geno Atkins' status for the start of the 2014 season remains in doubt six months after tearing his ACL. Reports on how quickly Atkins is recovering have been hard to come by, but the Bengals appear to be taking a conservative approach in order to ensure Atkins returns at full strength.

4. Jermaine Gresham's Stock Continues to Drop

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4. Jermaine Gresham's Stock Continues to Drop

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Tight end Jermaine Gresham managed the fewest receptions and receiving yards of his four-year NFL career in 2013 while losing three fumbles. Now, Gresham is sitting out OTAs with an unknown injury that could reportedly impede his availability for the start of training camp. 2013 first-round pick Tyler Eifert is set to become the club's undisputed No. 1 tight end.

3. Jeremy Hill Already Ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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3. Jeremy Hill Already Ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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In a moderate surprise, running back Jeremy Hill, a second-round pick out of LSU, is already working ahead of veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has produced two 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in his six-year career. Giovani Bernard will likely open the year as the starter, but it appears Hill will serve as his primary sidekick. Hill has the necessary blend of size and quickness to upgrade the running game.

2. Vincent Rey Challenging for Starting Spot

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2. Vincent Rey Challenging for Starting Spot

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After impressing in relief duty for Rey Maualuga last year, Vincent Rey has been getting looks with the first team during OTAs. In brief action, Rey graded as Pro Football Focus' No. 9 most efficient inside linebacker while Maualuga was slotted No. 38 in 2013. It was only a small sample size, but Rey has potential to be an upgrade over Maualuga.

1. Bengals' Offense Will Be More Conservative

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1. Bengals' Offense Will Be More Conservative

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The Bengals now have three formidable options at running back and potentially one of the league's most dangerous one-two punches in Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. That factor combined with new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's insistence on cutting down on turnovers, should lead to a modified offensive scheme. Expect quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw the eighth most passes last season, to see a slight reduction in attempts.