Poll: How Many Starting Players Will Be Replaced?

Rob Carr

The Bengals have a full list of hopefuls heading into the 2013 season. How many starters from the 2012 season will be replaced, if any?

The Bengals finished the 2012 season with a 10-6 record, which was good enough to lock in a playoff spot. That 10-6 record was earned by the blood and sweat of the Bengals' offensive and defensive starters. The Bengals, however, have added some extremely talented players this offseason, both in free agency and in the draft. The new players will be looking to make their own mark by replacing a starter from last year.

How many starters from Week 1 do you think will be replaced, if any?

First, the 2012 starters (in the offense's and defense's base packages):

Offense:

QB: Andy Dalton
RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
FB: Chris Pressley
WR1: A.J. Green
WR2: Armon Binns
TE: Jermaine Gresham
LT: Andrew Whitworth
LG: Clint Boling
C: Kyle Cook
RG: Kevin Zietler
RT: Andre Smith

Defense:

DE: Michael Johnson
DT: Geno Atkins
DT: Domata Peko
DE: Robert Geathers
SAM: Manny Lawson
MIKE: Rey Maualuga
WILL: Thomas Howard
CB: Leon Hall
FS: Reggie Nelson
SS: Taylor Mays
CB: Nate Clements

There are some obvious answers here. Armon Binns won't be starting at WR2, Nate Clements isn't going to start at cornerback, Thomas Howard isn't going to start at WILL and Manny Lawson won't be starting at SAM. These players are no longer on the Bengals roster (at least not now in the case of Howard).

There are a lot of question marks too. Can Mays prove he's worthy of starting at strong safety? Can Maualuga hold on to his spot at inside linebacker? Will Geathers fight off Carlos Dunlap? Will Cook hold back Trevor Robinson?

How many positions do you think will feature new starters in Week 1 of the 2013 season?

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