One of the priorities that the Bengals addressed this offseason was that of defensive line. The team lost two players that can play both end and tackle in Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker to the Patriots and Browns, respectively. After losing them they grabbed two more players that could do the same type of thing, though they have largely been considered busts to this point in their careers.
With Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers both sitting out of both Sunday and Monday's practices, one of those new free agent linemen received the opportunity to line up as the starter--that player being Jamaal Anderson. Our own Brennen Warner tweeted about it earlier on Monday.
We get the feeling that Anderson will have a pretty decent shot at making the roster as a rotational player on the line. This does say a little something about Derrick Harvey too, though, especially in comparison to Anderson. Harvey isn't as natural at sliding in the middle to tackle on passing downs as Anderson is and we've felt that he could have a difficult time making this year's roster. We'll see if he, like Anderson, will have a career renaissance in Cincinnati, but he'll have to show the coaches a lot in Training Camp. It's still early, so he has time, but it will begin to tick away.
For more on the Bengals' Monday injury report, get the lowdown from our own Jack Cassidy.