5 Offseason Additions With the Most to Offer the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Offseason Additions With the Most to Offer This Year

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The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs in three straight seasons, but they need to take the next step this year or head coach Marvin Lewis may be looking for a new job.

The Bengals lost both their offensive and defensive coordinators after last season ended, as both took head coaching jobs, and most of their key players are back in the fold. That said, here are five offseason additions with the most to offer this year.

5. QB Jason Campbell

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5. QB Jason Campbell

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Campbell has become a journeyman at this point, and he'll be Andy Dalton's backup this year. His history with Bengals' offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, from their days together in Oakland, would put Campbell in position to play well if he has to take the field.

4. DB Danieal Manning

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4. DB Danieal Manning

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Manning missed 10 games last season with a fractured right fibula, and he was released by the Houston Texans after refusing to restructure his contract. Manning will turn 32 before the season starts, but his ability to play both safety and corner will help the Bengals' secondary as long as he's healthy.

3. DT/DE Will Clarke

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3. DT/DE Will Clarke

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Clarke is considered a bit of a tweener, but as the Bengals look to replace DE Michael Johnson he could immediately become an important player on their defensive line as a rookie.

2. CB Darqueze Dennard

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2. CB Darqueze Dennard

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Dennard was widely considered the top cornerback in this year's draft class, and he fell to Cincinnati at 24th overall. With Leon Hall working his way back from a second Achilles' tendon tear, Dennard will be in a position to make an impact right away even if he is not technically a starter come Week 1.

1. RB Jeremy Hill

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1. RB Jeremy Hill

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Hill is the current favorite to be Giovani Bernard's backup ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and only an injury or complete face plant during the preseason would change that. Hill is far more versatile than Green-Ellis, and with a prominent role coming double-digit combined rushing and receiving touchdowns is not out of the question.


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