NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball and is tackled by Kelly Jennings #23 and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy was able to catch a few Bengals players before Tuesday's practice to get their feelings on a variety of subjects. In case you haven't heard, the team's first official depth chart was released on Monday and with it came a few surprises. One of those surprises to some fans could be that Carlos Dunlap is listed as starters at defensive end, given his rash of injuries and the team's love for Robert Geathers.
"That’s my goal (being the starter). Officially I want to be number one and be a starter for the whole season and to be there for the entire year. Unfortunately in our situation one of our guys went down and you have to step up and fill in. That’s what I’m doing."
Reedy also notes that Dunlap didn't even initially hear about hi placement on the depth chart because of Marvin Lewis' controlling of players' usage of Twitter. Aside from that, Dunlap has been relying on teammates to get advice on preventing injury, as well as doing pilates, yoga and stretching. He is intent on not having a repeat of the nagging hamstring injury that he suffered through last season.
In case you've forgotten, Geathers is sitting out after having his knee scoped recently.