Very Early 53-Man Roster

This is more of a personal roster preference rather than predicting what will actually happen.

QB: Andy Dalton, John Skelton (2)

HB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead (4)

FB: Chris Pressley (1)

WR: AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins, Cobi Hamilton, Ryan Whalen (6)

TE: Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, Orson Charles (3)

OL: Andrew Whitworth, Clint Boling, Kyle Cook, Kevin Zeitler, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins, Travelle Wharton, Trevor Robinson, Reid Fragel (9)

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

LB: Vontaze Burfict, Rey Maualuga, James Harrison, Emmanuel Lamur, Sean Porter, Vincent Rey (6)

CB: Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Chris Lewis-Harris, Brandon Ghee (6)

S: Reggie Nelson, Shawn Williams, Jeromy Miles, Taylor Mays (4)

ST: Mike Nugent, Kevin Huber, Clark Harris (3)

PS: Tanner Hawkinson, TJ Johnson, Dan Herron, Dontay Moch, Jayson DiManche, Shaun Prater, George Iloka, Brandon Joiner (8)

Various comments- Skelton's starting experience puts him over Josh Johnson though it's not a very inspiring battle; if Gruden thinks Johnson is good as a read-option QB or the Bengals sign someone else certainly things could change.

I kept Pressley over a fourth TE in Alex Smith; I like a traditional blocking fullback. Smith is a 31-year-old journeyman on a 1-year deal, while the talented Charles is kept to develop with an eye on Gresham's expiring contract, and could be used as a receiving FB also.

Keeping Hamilton and Whalen over Tate should be agreeable with many, as well as Fragel over Roland. There's a chance Wharton is cut due to salary; if so then Hawkinson might make it.

I went pretty conservative with the linebackers, keeping a known commodity in Vincent Rey over wild cards in DiManche, Joiner, Campbell, etc. Simply put, there's no Vontaze Burfict among that group. I also kept 6 backers instead of 7, considering there are already 9 D-linemen.

Even though Lewis-Harris was undrafted, he was actually on the field last season and looked pretty decent. Ghee and Prater, while drafted higher, have not done much at all. So it doesn't make sense for me to keep both of the injury-prone players, rather only one. Onterio McCalebb might be nice as a returner, but I'm not sold on him as a CB. Bernard, Pacman, Hawkins, Peerman, and Marvin Jones can all return.

If you have any comments and disagreements, feel free to leave them below!

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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