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Official 53-Man Superbowl Roster

Those players in bold are who I expect to win position battle. Thoughts???

Offense (25):

Quarterback:(2)

Lock(1)- Andy Dalton

Battle (2) - Josh Johnson, John Skelton

Running Back: (4)

Lock (2)- BJGE, Gio Bernard

Battle(5)- Bernard Scott, Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead, Onterio McCalebb, Boom Herron

Fullback:(1)

Battle(2) - Chris Pressley, John Conner

Wide Receiver (6):

Locks (4)- AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins

Battle (6)- Brandon Tate, Cobi Hamilton, Dane Sanzenbacher, Ryan Whalen, Justin Hilton, Taveon Rogers,

Tight End (3): ** I hope they take all 4 TE's and drop 1 WR

Locks (2)- Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert

Battle (2)- Orson Charles, Alex Smith

Offensive Line (9):

Locks (5)- Andrew Whitworth, Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins

Battle (8)- Reid Fragel, Travelle Wharton, Tanner Hawkinson, Kyle Cook, Trevor Robinson, TJ Johnson, Mike Pollak, Dennis Roland

Defense (25):

Defensive Line (9):

Locks (9)- Michael Johnson, Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Margus Hunt, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson, Wallace Gilberry

Lots to prove- DeQuin Evans, Jamaal Anderson

Linebacker (6):

Locks (5)- James Harrison, Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict, Sean Porter, Emmanuel Lamur

Battle (1)- Brandon Joiner, Aaron Maybin, Dontay Moch

Secondary (10):

Locks (6)- Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Terence Newman, Reggie Nelson, Shawn Williams

Battle (8)- Shaun Prater, Brandon Gee, Chris Lewis-Harris, George Iloka, Tony Dye, Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles, Robert Sands

Special Teams (3):

Kicker: Mike Nugent

Punter: Kevin Huber

Long Snapper- Clark Harris

A few surprises:

1) Keeping Onterio McCalebb instead of Peerman or Scott -- Gruden wants a speedster to take it the distance -- Gio is good, but often gets caught from behind - "In his second attempt of the 40-yard dash, McCalebb clocked an unofficial time of 4.21 seconds, which is three one-hundredths of a second fewer than Chris Johnson's record-setting 4.24-second run in 2008." -- Speed kills -- Also, Burkhead can fill in on Special Teams.

2) Keeping Tate on the roster -- I personally like Whalen a lot, so wouldn't mind if we kept him around... He does nothing great, but catches everything his way. Do we need another slot WR though? I think not.

3) I think we are all hoping to get something out of Brandon Joiner and Aaron Maybin, but I really doubt we are going to get another Burfict story out of Joiner, and pretty sure Maybin is a has been (or never was).

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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