Early Guesses at Bengals Depth Chart

It's July! That means boating, barbeques, bikinis (not for me), baseball and braining bamp..... I mean training camp... sorry, the alliteration was getting to me. Training camp is a mere 27 days away. I'll be making my yearly trip down to Georgetown College to sit in the heat and watch the Bengals practice and maybe get a few autographs. It's a good time.

Since it's July, it's also time for us to start thinking about the Bengals depth chart. I have my guesses as I'm sure you do too. Joe Reedy made his estimation today about who would be starting at what position. Here's what he had to say.

OFFENSE

The backslash between names signifies a position battle. So, according to Reedy, Caldwell and Shipley are going to battle for a position, probably the slot receiver. What's interesting is that he has Andre Smith listed as a back up right tackle to Dennis Roland which isn't necessarily surprising but it is very disappointing. Hopefully Smith gets on the ball (and on the field) and earns that paycheck. On to the defense.

DEFENSE

No big surprise. It's basically the same depth chart of last years defense when it was healthy. The only proposed position battles are between back-up defensive backs Trent and Jones and back up strong side linebackers Jeanty and Skuta. What is really interesting to me is where Michael Johnson is going to play. According to Reedy, Johnson will be backing up Maualuga at outside linebacker. It will be cool to see what Johnsons speed can bring to the pass rush from the linebacker position. Finally, we have the special teams guys.

SPECIALISTS

Position battles everywhere. We all know that Nugent and Rayner are duking it out (or kicking it out) to get the starting kicker job. Bernard Scott sealed his fate as a starting kick returner last year but Jones and Caldwell are going to fight for the other kick returner and there is a big battle between Cosby, Shipley, Jones and Nelson to be the punt returner.

The official depth chart comes out on August 2 which is only six days before the Bengals play against the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game. I can't wait to find out what happens between now and then.

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