We're continuing to update our roster lock file, developing a final 53-man prediction. As it so happens we're putting the final touches on the offensive line.
NO. 46: OT DENNIS ROLAND
This one hurt a little, but the Bengals coaching staff have always liked the run-mauling seven-foot-ginormous offensive tackle. However unlike his seven-foot-brother in Matthew O'Donnell, Roland is expanding his value by working multiple positions. Much like Anthony Collins, Roland has played some this preseason at guard, helping take the sting from a position that saw its most veteran player injured with two projected starters that's combined for five career games. Look at it this way. Would the Bengals bother putting Roland at guard if they didn't need him playing two positions, anticipating him making the team?
NO. 47: OTIS HUDSON
Unlike Roland and Collins, Hudson is primarily worked as an offensive guard over the last two years in Cincinnati, despite being an offensive tackle at Eastern Illinois. Paul Alexander has routinely found praise in Hudson's development and he was the first one off the bench to replace Kevin Zeitler when the first-team offense took the field in the second half against the Green Bay Packers.
This gives Cincinnati nine offensive linemen with four backups. If we entertain the versatility argument for a moment, all four backups have served time at guard during the preseason, including Trevor Robinson who is backing up Kyle Cook at center. Well. Replacing Cook most likely, unless the team signs a free agent or works out a trade. Two of those backup also have extensive NFL experience.
QUARTERBACK (2): Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski
RUNNING BACK (5): BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard, Cedric Peerman, Chris Pressley
WIDE RECEIVER (6): A.J. Green, Brandon Tate, Armon Binns, Andrew Hawkins, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones
TIGHT END (2): Jermaine Gresham, Donald Lee
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Kevin Zeitler, Clint Boling, Kyle Cook, Anthony Collins, Trevor Robinson, Otis Hudson, Dennis Roland
DEFENSIVE END (3): Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, Jamaal Anderson
DEFENSIVE TACKLE (4): Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson
LINEBACKER (6): Rey Maualuga, Thomas Howard, Manny Lawson, Roddrick Muckelroy, Dan Skuta Vontaze Burfict
CORNERBACK (4): Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Terence Newman, Dre Kirkpatrick
SAFETY (3): Reggie Nelson, Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles