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Bengals Rookie Guard Clint Boling Taking Snaps At Center

One of the surprising notes during Monday's release of the team's depth chart was seeing Clint Boling's name featured as the third-team center, behind starter Kyle Cooker and backup center Reggie Stephens. Along with being the third-team center, the team's fourth-round draft pick is also the left guard for the third team, behind Nate Livings and Max Jean-Gilles. Before an explosion of confusion consumes you, take note that quarterback Andy Dalton, wide receiver A.J. Green and linebacker Dontay Moch are the only rookies listed higher than third-string; so take comfort that things will dramatically change by the time the team takes the field on September 11 in Cleveland.

However Boling has taken snaps with the second-team offense in at least three practices, according to the Mothership's Geoff Hobson.

 "The No. 1 thing is to make sure the quarterback gets the snap," Boling said after Monday's walkthrough.  "Then, get everybody going in the right direction; make sure everybody gets the calls. Then, I've got to make sure I block the guy. It's not something I'm used to and I'm still learning a lot of technique. It's definitely a lot different than guard or tackle. I just want to make sure the more positions I play the more likely I can make the roster and help us win."

Taking snaps at center is a good thing for Boling, considering that the offensive line coach Paul Alexander named guard Otis Hudson as the most improved, sitting comfortably as Bobbie Williams' backup.