The city of Cincinnati celebrates opening day as the Reds take the field at Great American Ballpark for the first time of the 2013 season. The Reds face the Angels for a three-game series to open the year. The Bengals, of course, are still in the middle of free agency and teams haven't been able to take the field yet for practice. However, if the Bengals were celebrating opening day, here's how the depth chart would break down.
Wide Receiver 1:
Wide Receiver 2:
Defensive End (R):
Defensive End (L):
- Clark Harris
- Bryce Davis
The biggest questions lie at linebacker, the secondary, specifically at safety, and at center. If fans get their way at linebacker, Burfict will slide to middle linebacker and Maualuga will compete for a spot at SAM, but the team's options, as of right now, at WILL are limited to guys who have extremely limited experience. According to Marvin Lewis, though, the Bengals will keep Maualuga at MIKE and Burfict at WILL, opening up a competition for the starting SAM linebacker.
At center, Kyle Cook and Trevor Robinson will compete for a spot. While Cook has the experience and was named the starter at the end of the season, Robinson didn't have a bad season in 2012 and could push for playing time.
Finally, at safety, right now Taylor Mays would start at strong safety, but the Bengals are likely looking for a new safety early in the draft to start next to Reggie Nelson.
Also, if the Bengals re-sign Andre Smith, he'll obviously start at right tackle over Collins. If they don't, they'll likely sign someone or draft someone to take Smith's spot.