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Paul Alexander tabs Russell Bodine starter; Hue Jackson does not

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Hue Jackson is pleased with Bodine, but he's not quite ready to name the rookie lineman a starter just yet.

Joe Robbins

Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander is so pleased with center, Russell Bodine that he went ahead and named the rookie fourth-round pick the opening day starter.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is pleased with Bodine as well, but he's not quite ready to name the former North Carolina Tar Heels lineman a starter just yet.

It's not as though Bodine has looked great this preseason, so it's unlikely head coach Marvin Lewis is ready to name Bodine the starter. Alexander will have his say, but Jackson will probably have a stronger voice, and it sounds like he wants to see what Mike Pollak can do.

The veteran lineman has battled a knee injury this offseason that has led to Bodine getting most of the first-team reps at center in OTAs and during training camp.