Bengals that need to play well this year

This is a list of players that need to play well in order to not be labeled "busts" as a Bengal.

Dre Kirkpatrick

Showed flashes, but needs to step it up to be a number 1 or 2 CB, if he can learn better eye discipline, I believe he'll be a force this year. For him to have a successful year in my book, he must beat out a 36 year old T. Newman for a starting spot. Leon and Dre on the outside, Pacman in the Nickel. While starting, he needs to create turnovers, that's one area I felt we lacked in last year.

Devon Still

7 Tackles in two years is unacceptable for a player drafted that high, I know he's been hurt but half the game is being on the field. He needs to become a viable back up to Geno Atkins, providing rotational pass rush ability from the three technique is his main requirement.

Jermaine Gresham

The wildly talented, but inconsistent Gresham is in a contract year. He's just as likely to be on SC Top Ten, while at the same time being on the "Not Top Ten" in the same game. Ball security last year from him struggled, but it had a lot to do with him fighting so hard for extra yards; along with these issues, he committed many untimely penalties, stalling drives and in a few cases, literally taking points off the board. Protecting the rock and cleaning up the mental errors is what will correct his path and get him paid next offseason.

Andy Dalton

The most beaten horse in the stable will be talked about in this post because he fits the mold..That said, AD has played well in three years as an NFL QB, while he has done a lot for us, he has played his worst football in the post season. Andy has received huge amounts of criticism, some of it fair, all of it repetitive. We're all guilty at some point of this for one side or the other. AD has received a lot of publicity for his work with Tom House, a very respected coach. His teammates have raved about his "Zip" he's had in informal workouts. My opinion is Ill wait til the season to judge it and ill be skeptical until he does it in January. I may get angry with him, but I sure as hell do root for him.


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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