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Updated Bengals Depth Chart And Changes Since Final Cuts

Taking a look at the Bengals depth chart as it stands currently, compared to final cuts and the changes that were made along the way.

Gregory Shamus

Once the team announces their 53-man roster and sets the all-important depth chart, things are primed for change. It's like driving a new car off the lot; the value changes, and changes dramatically. Players suffer injuries. Some are released to make room for players that were signed to replace those injured. Or maybe someone just doesn't work out as anticipated. Let's take a look at the team's depth chart and how it has changed since final cuts.

Dennis Roland. With the uncertainty surrounding Andrew Whitworth's knee, Roland returned to Cincinnati as an added layer of depth. Anthony Collins started for Whitworth against Chicago and rotated against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ironically, Collins is now dealing with a knee injury, securing Roland for another week or two. But as Whitworth and Collins recover, and Hawkinson develops, Roland could be a player that the team eventually releases to make room for another. The dynamics of roster maintenance.

Vinnie Rey. With Sean Porter and Emmanuel Lamur suffering season-ending injuries, the Bengals have yet to replace them. Instead, they're using Taylor Mays more in a linebacker role with Vinnie Rey defined as the backup middle and weakside linebacker. At least on paper.

Brandon Ghee. With a concussion further disrupting an otherwise disappointing career, the Bengals punted Ghee to third left cornerback and replaced him with Dre Kirkpatrick. Then Kirkpatrick, following Ghee's path as an oft-injured cornerback, is dealing with a hamstring, decreasing the number of body parts that haven't been injured in only his second season.

Curtis Marsh. Joined the team because Ghee and Kirkpatrick are sidelined, making the cornerback position extremely fragile. However, if Marsh produces, Ghee's career in Cincinnati could be in jeopardy. First, he'll need to conclude concussion protocols before the team is allowed to release him -- or they come to an agreement on an injury settlement.

Margus Hunt. Moved up the depth chart after Robert Geathers suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Could make his NFL debut this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.

Shawn Williams. When the team released Jeromy Miles, they moved Williams from the third-string strong safety to the backup free safety behind Reggie Nelson. But honestly, there's no difference between strong and free safety in Mike Zimmer's system.


QB Andy Dalton Josh Johnson
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Giovani Bernard Cedric Peerman
Rex Burkhead
H-BACK Orson Charles
WR1 A.J. Green Brandon Tate Dane Sanzenbacher
WR2 Mohamed Sanu Marvin Jones Ryan Whalen
TE Jermaine Gresham Tyler Eifert Alex Smith
LT Andrew Whitworth Anthony Collins
LG Clint Boling Mike Pollak
C Kyle Cook Trevor Robinson
RG Kevin Zeitler Tanner Hawkinson
RT Andre Smith Dennis Roland


RDE Michael Johnson Wallace Gilberry
DT Geno Atkins Devon Still
NT Domata Peko Brandon Thompson
LDE Carlos Dunlap Margus Hunt
MLB Rey Maualuga Vinnie Rey
WLB Vontaze Burfict Vinnie Rey
SLB James Harrison Jayson DiManche
RCB Leon Hall Adam Jones Curtis Marsh
LCB Terence Newman Dre Kirkpatrick Brandon Ghee
SS George Iloka Taylor Mays
FS Reggie Nelson Shawn Williams Jeromy Miles


KR Brandon Tate Adam Jones Giovani Bernard
Marvin Jones
PR Adam Jones Brandon Tate Dane Sanzenbacher
Giovani Bernard
Marvin Jones
PK Mike Nugent
Punter Kevin Huber
Kickoff Mike Nugent
Long-Snapper Clark Harris
Holder Kevin Huber