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2013 CINCINNATI BENGALS PREVIEW

May 29, 2013
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2013 CINCINNATI BENGALS PREVIEW

Cincinnati Bengals (1981 - Pres)

Last Year: 10-6, second in the AFC North..lost in AFC Wild Card

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis, 11th Year

We are waiting for the Bengals to make a breakthrough.  They have come close lately but just can’t seem to get to the next level.   QB Andy Daulton has led Cincinnati to the playoffs the past two seasons only to see his production numbers drop.  The Houston Texans have Daulton’s number…in two games Daulton has zero touchdowns, four interceptions and his passer rating has fallen farther than the stock market crash of 1929 (48.6).  Daulton must be given credit though.  He has led the Bengals to the playoffs in his first two seasons and has thrown 20+ touchdowns each year…the first QB to do so in NFL history.

The Bengals added to Daulton’s arsenal by drafting TE Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame and RB Giovani Bernard from North Carolina.  Those two will help Daulton against the league’s better defense’s and will also take pressure away from WR A.J. Green.   Other weapons in the Bengals offense include RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who rushed for a career high 1,094 yards, TE Jermaine Gresham, WR’s Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

The Bengals defense was as good as any over the final eight games of the season allowing only 12.8 points per game and had 31 sacks.  Mike Zimmer’s aggressive defense registered 51 sacks, a club record. Now they have former Steelers LB James Harrison, who will have a chip on his shoulder when the two teams meet this season.  The front seven is solid with Carlos Dunlap, Domata Peko, Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson across the front line.  Harrison will be joined by Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict to form a solid group at LB.   Leon Hall leads the defensive backfield along with Taylor Mays, Dre Kirkpatrick, Terrance Newman and Reggie Nelson.

Marvin Lewis is 0-4 in the post season.  He has a strong core in place to make another playoff run and has added more pieces to the puzzle.  Now the question is, can they finally break down the door?

 Cincinnati Bengals (2004 - Pres)

2012 in Review:

TOTAL OFFENSE: 332.7 (22ND)

RUN OFFENSE: 109.1 (18TH)

PASS OFFENSE: 223.6 (17TH)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 319.7 (6TH)

RUN DEFENSE: 107.2 (12TH)

PASS DEFENSE: 212.5 (7TH)

Cincinnati Bengals (2004 - Pres)

2013 DRAFT

1 -- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame; 2 (37) - Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina; 2 (53) Margus Hunt, DE, SMU; 3 (84) Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia; 4 (118) - Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M; 5 (156) - Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas; 6 (190) - Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska; 6 (197) - Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas; 7 (240) - Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State; 7 (251) - T.J. Johnson, C, South Carolina

Top Pick Analysis: Mike Brown got the best tight end in the draft in Notre Dame's Eifert as well as a back who can give the running game some juice outside the tackles in Bernard. The Bengals then turned to defense by taking lengthy SMU defensive end Hunt, a 6-foot-8 player who could create havoc in the passing lanes, along with Williams, a safety who projects on special teams early and has the potential to be a starter down the line.

Best Value Pick: Porter is undersized but the Bengals need an outside linebacker and he is an athletic guy with the short-area quickness and the football IQ to switch from playing the run to checking a slot.

Questionable Calls: Bernard wasn't the best running back in the draft but best fit for what Cincinnati was looking for. "Need" is never the best talent evaluator, though.

Summary: Andy Dalton is going to run out of excuses soon. Eifert is a mismatch machine and Bernard's explosiveness should keep opposing defenses honest. Now it's time for Dalton to stop using A.J. Green as his default setting when things go wrong and start getting some of his other pieces involved.

FINAL GRADE: A-

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Indiana DT Larry Black Jr.; Stanford CB Terrence Brown; New Mexico-Highlands OLB Jordan Campbell; NW Missouri State DE Travis Chappelear; Southern Illinois OLB Jayson Dimanche; Eastern Kentucky WR Tyrone Goard; Auburn RB Onterio McCalebb; Michigan WR Roy Roundtree; Oklahoma State PK-P Quinn Sharp; Minnesota CB Troy Stoudermire; Auburn OL John Sullen; Virginia Tech LB Bruce Taylor

 Cincinnati Bengals (2004 - Pres)

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 8 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Sept. 16 PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 8:40 p.m.

Sept. 22 GREEN BAY PACKERS, 1 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Oct. 6 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 1 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Oct. 27 N.Y. JETS, 4:05 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Nov. 10 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Nov. 17 CLEVELAND BROWNS, 1 p.m.

Nov. 24 BYE

Dec. 1 at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m.

Dec. 8 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 1 p.m.

Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1 p.m.

Dec. 29 BALTIMORE RAVENS, 1 p.m.

 Cincinnati Bengals (1997 - Pres)

2013 ROSTER

Active

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

90

Anderson, Jamaal

DE

6-6

280

27

7

Arkansas

97

Atkins, Geno

DT

6-1

300

25

4

Georgia

25

Bernard, Giovani

RB

5-9

202

21

R

North Carolina

63

Black, Larry

DT

6-2

302

23

R

Indiana

65

Boling, Clint

G

6-5

311

24

3

Georgia

47

Brown, Terrence

CB

5-11

176

22

R

Stanford

55

Burfict, Vontaze

LB

6-1

245

22

2

Arizona State

33

Burkhead, Rex

RB

5-10

214

22

R

Nebraska

41

Campbell, Jordan

LB

5-11

240

24

R

New Mexico Highlands

80

Charles, Orson

TE

6-3

250

22

2

Georgia

73

Collins, Anthony

T

6-5

315

27

6

Kansas

32

Conner, John

FB

5-11

245

25

4

Kentucky

64

Cook, Kyle

C

6-3

315

29

6

Michigan State

14

Dalton, Andy

QB

6-2

220

25

3

Texas Christian

48

Davis, Bryce

TE/LS

6-3

245

23

1

Central Oklahoma

54

DiManche, Jayson

LB

6-1

232

22

R

Southern Illinois

96

Dunlap, Carlos

DE

6-6

280

24

4

Florida

44

Dye, Tony

S

5-10

200

23

2

UCLA

69

Evans, DeQuin

DE

6-2

265

26

1

Kentucky

79

Fragel, Reid

T

6-8

308

22

R

Ohio State

91

Geathers, Robert

DE

6-3

280

29

10

Georgia

21

Ghee, Brandon

CB

6-0

193

25

4

Wake Forest

95

Gilberry, Wallace

DE

6-2

275

28

6

Alabama

17

Goard, Tyrone

WR

6-4

205

23

R

Eastern Kentucky

42

Green-Ellis, BenJarvus

RB

5-11

220

27

6

Mississippi

18

Green, A.J.

WR

6-4

207

24

3

Georgia

84

Gresham, Jermaine

TE

6-5

260

24

4

Oklahoma

29

Hall, Leon

CB

5-11

195

28

7

Michigan

87

Hamilton, Cobi

WR

6-2

212

22

R

Arkansas

46

Harris, Clark

LS

6-5

255

28

5

Rutgers

92

Harrison, James

LB

6-0

242

35

10

Kent State

16

Hawkins, Andrew

WR

5-7

180

26

3

Toledo

72

Hawkinson, Tanner

T

6-5

300

23

R

Kansas

34

Herron, Daniel

RB

5-10

215

24

1

Ohio State

10

Huber, Kevin

P

6-1

212

27

5

Cincinnati

99

Hunt, Margus

DE

6-8

277

25

R

Southern Methodist

43

Iloka, George

S

6-4

225

22

2

Boise State

8

Johnson, Josh

QB

6-3

205

27

5

San Diego

93

Johnson, Michael

DE

6-7

270

26

5

Georgia Tech

60

Johnson, T.J.

C

6-4

310

22

R

South Carolina

49

Joiner, Brandon

LB

6-3

245

24

1

Arkansas State

24

Jones, Adam

CB

5-10

185

29

7

West Virginia

82

Jones, Marvin

WR

6-2

195

23

2

California

27

Kirkpatrick, Dre

CB

6-2

190

23

2

Alabama

59

Lamur, Emmanuel

LB

6-4

232

23

2

Kansas State

37

Lewis-Harris, Chris

CB

5-10

180

24

1

Tennessee-Chattanooga

58

Maualuga, Rey

LB

6-2

250

26

5

Southern California

51

Maybin, Aaron

LB

6-4

240

25

5

Penn State

26

Mays, Taylor

S

6-3

230

25

4

Southern California

39

McCalebb, Onterio

CB

5-10

170

23

R

Auburn

45

Miles, Jeromy

S

6-2

210

25

4

Massachusetts

52

Moch, Dontay

LB

6-2

255

24

2

Nevada

20

Nelson, Reggie

S

5-11

210

29

7

Florida

23

Newman, Terence

CB

5-10

192

34

11

Kansas State

2

Nugent, Mike

K

5-10

190

31

9

Ohio State

30

Peerman, Cedric

RB

5-10

211

26

4

Virginia

94

Peko, Domata

DT

6-3

322

28

8

Michigan State

67

Pollak, Mike

G

6-3

300

28

6

Arizona State

56

Porter, Sean

LB

6-1

230

22

R

Texas A&M

38

Prater, Shaun

CB

5-10

190

23

2

Iowa

36

Pressley, Chris

FB

5-11

260

26

5

Wisconsin

89

Quinn, Richard

TE

6-4

264

26

5

North Carolina

57

Rey, Vincent

LB

6-2

250

25

3

Duke

66

Robinson, Trevor

C/G

6-5

305

23

2

Notre Dame

5

Robinson, Zac

QB

6-3

215

26

2

Oklahoma State

83

Rogers, Taveon

WR

5-11

190

22

2

New Mexico State

74

Roland, Dennis

T/G

6-9

322

30

6

Georgia

86

Roundtree, Roy

WR

6-1

180

24

R

Michigan

31

Sands, Robert

S

6-4

215

23

3

West Virginia

12

Sanu, Mohamed

WR

6-2

210

23

2

Rutgers

11

Sanzenbacher, Dane

WR

5-11

180

24

3

Ohio State

50

Schaffer, J.K.

LB

6-0

232

22

1

Cincinnati

28

Scott, Bernard

RB

5-10

198

29

5

Abilene Christian

3

Sharp, Quinn

K/P

6-1

189

23

R

Oklahoma State

9

Skelton, John

QB

6-6

244

25

4

Fordham

81

Smith, Alex

TE

6-4

258

31

9

Stanford

71

Smith, Andre

T

6-4

335

26

5

Alabama

62

Stephens, Terrence

DT

6-1

307

22

R

Stanford

75

Still, Devon

DT

6-5

305

23

2

Penn State

22

Stoudermire, Troy

CB

5-10

199

22

R

Minnesota

61

Sullen, John

G

6-6

332

22

R

Auburn

19

Tate, Brandon

WR

6-1

200

25

5

North Carolina

53

Taylor, Bruce

LB

6-1

237

23

R

Virginia Tech

98

Thompson, Brandon

DT

6-2

320

23

2

Clemson

88

Whalen, Ryan

WR

6-1

200

23

3

Stanford

70

Wharton, Travelle

G

6-4

320

32

10

South Carolina

77

Whitworth, Andrew

T

6-7

330

31

8

Louisiana State

40

Williams, Shawn

S

6-0

213

22

R

Georgia

68

Zeitler, Kevin

G

6-4

315

23

2

Wisconsin

Unsigned Draft Pick

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

85

Eifert, Tyler

TE

6-6

250

22

R

Notre Dame

 

 


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