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5 Cincinnati Bengals With the Most to Prove in 2014

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Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

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The Cincinnati Bengals own one of the NFL's most talented rosters overall, yet the team cannot put together a postseason win to justify their success during the season. The AFC's dark horse will be looking to rout the AFC North and continue towards a Super Bowl bid this season.

Here are 5 players that have the most to prove for Cincinnati this season if they wish to continue their playoff push.

5. DE Wallace Gilberry

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5. DE Wallace Gilberry

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Gilberry played in all 16 games last season en route to 7.5 sacks and obe forced fumble playing as a rotational defensive end. This season, Gilberry will need to prove his worth as a pass rusher to the team due to the void left behind by new Tampa Bay Buccaneer DE Michael Johnson. Gilberry will need to fend off veteran DE Robert Geathers and second-year DE Margus Hunt for the job, however. Keep a close eye on Gilberry's production this year.

4. WR Mohamed Sanu

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4. WR Mohamed Sanu

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Sanu is entering his third season with the club and should be in line for a breakout season. In 2013, Sanu collected 47 receptions for 455 yards and two touchdowns over 14 starts and 16 total games played. He has a ton left to prove and will have to fend off fellow receiver Marvin Jones, who became quite hot last season in spurts but was just too inconsistent to grab the No. 2 receiver role from Sanu. Sanu must make the leap this year.

3. TE Tyler Eifert

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3. TE Tyler Eifert

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Eifert put together a solid rookie campaign in 2013, collecting 39 receptions for 445 yards and two touchdowns while splitting time with the team's No. 1 tight end Jermaine Gresham. Eifert is in line for a breakout season this year and will have to live up to his first-round selection during his sophomore season in the NFL. Eifert certainly has the talent to be the NFL's next great tight end; he just needs to become more consistent and polished.

2. CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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2. CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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In his second season with the team, Kirkpatrick had a decent year collecting 30 tackles, one sack, five passes defensed, one touchdown and three interceptions in just 14 games. The former first-round pick needs to take his game to the next level in 2014 to not only justify his first-round selection but also to take Cincinnati's defense to a whole new level overall. Kirkpatrick has all of the tools to be great; he just needs to stay healthy.

1. QB Andy Dalton

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1. QB Andy Dalton

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Dalton's third season was a success during the regular season, which saw him reach new heights where he threw for a career-high 33 touchdowns and completed 61 percent of his passes for the second straight season. The postseason, however, was much of the same for Dalton and Cincinnati. Dalton will need to take his game to a new level this year by making smart decisions and taking care of the football. He can be good if he wants to be.