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Bengals have two players in PFF's top 100, one in the top 20

82. Andrew Whitworth, T, Cincinnati Bengals

Likely would have finished higher but for a mid season knee knock that really seemed to impact his run blocking going forward. While that led to some subpar work in the running game, his pass protection was exceptional throughout. He graded negatively just twice all year, and only one left tackle finished with a higher grade in this department. Just a shame the run blocking and penalty count (eight) let him down, but a true franchise left tackle.

Best Performance: Week 16 versus Arizona (+4.1)

Key Stat: Gave up just three sacks, three quarterback hits and 14 hurries all year. Some players have got close to that in a game.

19. Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals

The sophomore defensive tackle was as good this year as people thought Ndamukong Suh was last year. Emerging as an every-down defender, Atkins graded positively in both the run game and with his pass rushing. His +21.3 grade in the pass game was the best of all defensive tackles, aided by 23 quarterback sacks and hits. That shouldn't take away from his work in the run game where he finished in the Top 15 with 20 defensive stops. Got the nation's attention with a dominant display in the Bengals' playoff defeat to the Texans.

Best Performance: Week 15 at St Louis (+6.3)

Key Stat: His 49 QB disruptions were the most of any defensive tackle.

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