Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting 5 Surprise Starters In 2014

Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting 5 Surprise Starters in 2014

Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting 5 Surprise Starters in 2014
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The Cincinnati Bengals will have most of their starters returning for 2014, but here are the five players who are most likely to emerge as surprise starters from the outset of the season.

5. Emmanuel Lamur, LB

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5. Emmanuel Lamur, LB

Cincinnati Bengals, Emmanuel Lamur
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Cut in the mold of former versatile Bengals linebackers Brandon and Landon Johnson, Emmanuel Lamur is the front-runner to be a primary nickel linebacker. However, he's also in the running to be a strong-side starter in the Bengals' 4-3 base defense.

4. Russell Bodine, C

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4. Russell Bodine, C

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The Bengals re-signed Mike Pollak to presumably play center, but fourth-round draft pick Russell Bodine should emerge as the starting snapper with Pollak at left guard -- at least for the start of the season.

3. Vincent Rey, MLB

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3. Vincent Rey, MLB

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Now that Vincent Rey has proven he's more than just a special teams player, he'll get the nod at middle linebacker ahead of longtime Bengals gap-stopper Rey Maualuga, who might find himself squeezed out of the Bengals' linebacking corps altogether in 2014.

2. Jeremy Hill, RB

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2. Jeremy Hill, RB

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With Giovani Bernard already arriving on the scene, this year's second-round pick Jeremy Hill should earn the starting nod at running back ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who may find himself out of stripes if the Bengals need some cap space to extend key players.

1. Leon Hall, CB

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1. Leon Hall, CB

Cincinnati Bengals, Leon Hall
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Rookie first-rounder Darqueze Dennard is almost assuredly a lock to start at cornerback for the Bengals in 2014, but veteran Leon Hall should recover completely from an Achilles tendon tear in time to reclaim a starting spot ahead of the ancient Terence Newman.


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