The Bengals are releasing their first depth chart today and Andre Smith is listed as the teams starting right tackle. Smith has had a up and down, well mostly down career so far for the Bengals, but as of yet, things have been going well for the former first round draft pick. Coming into the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith was one of the most highly decorated offensive tackles in college football. He was a consensus All-American and Outland Trophy winner, given to the nations top offensive interior lineman.
Andre smith lines up at no. 1 rt
Smith held out for 30 days during his rookie year and broke his foot shortly after signing, ending his rookie season before it started. His next season with the Bengals was not much better. Andre showed up out of shape to begin the season and only played in seven games before breaking his foot again, ending on on injured reserve for the second season in a row.
Smith has suprised everyone this year by showing up to camp at a svelte 338 pounds and trimming himself down further to 335 pounds, his preferred playing weight. Being able to participate in his first training camp has helped Smith considerably and combined with his newly found focus on football, he has apparently shown enough to the coaches to name him as the Bengals number one right tackle.
Assuming he stays healthy, Bengals fans may finally get to see the player they thought they were getting in the 2009 draft. Better late than never I suppose. Smith will be backed up by Dennis Roland as well as Anthony Collins who will back-up both offensive tackle spots.
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