The Bengals were undefeated on their home field in 2013 until it mattered most–in the playoffs. With how good this team looked at times last year, especially offensively, it was hard to believe they were a quick out in the playoffs but that was the case as San Diego came into their house and earned a trip to Denver in the second round.
Cincinnati is a team loaded with young talent, but the key to their success is clinging to the play of quarterback Andy Dalton. The question for Cincinnati is whether or not they continue to rely upon Dalton or start looking at a contingency plan.
This team should once again be among the league’s best in 2013, barring an unexpected dropoff.
- WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns)
- DE/LB James Harrison (released)
- CB Brandon Ghee (Chargers)
- OT Anthony Collins (Buccaneers)
- C Kyle Cook (released)
- DE Michael Johnson (Buccaneers)
- S Danieal Manning (Texans)
- S Taylor Mays (re-signed)
- CB R.J. Stanford (Dolphins)
- QB Jason Campbell (Browns)
- OT Marshall Newhouse (Packers)
- WR/RS Brandon Tate (re-signed)
- OG Mike Pollak (re-signed)
- LB Vinny Rey (tendered)
- WR Dane Sanzenbacher (tendered)
Bengals Team Needs
Leon Hall is coming off a major injury, and the Bengals can’t rely on Adam Jones and Terrance Newman much longer. They need Dre Kirkpatrick to develop, and they need to draft a potential #1 or #2 corner.
2. Defensive End
Michael Johnson didn’t record as many sacks in 2013 as many had hoped, but they need to make sure he is adequately replaced.
Kyle Cook was released, opening up a hole at the center position.
5. Defensive Tackle