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Cedric Ogbuehi backing up both tackle spots, will play guard at some point

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A disastrous start to his career is leading Ogbuehi to try a lot of spots during OTAs.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

With OTAs underway, the Bengals are looking at moving offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi around to find his best fit.

His current fit at tackle hasn’t served him well. He’s been bad at both tackle spots in the last three years. Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson said in his OTA report that Ogbuehi is moving around, backing up both tackle spots and will play guard “at some point” this summer.

Also moving around is Cedric Ogbuehi, backing up both left and right tackle, and offensive line coach Frank Pollack says he’ll move into guard at some point. And Pollack says he won’t be the only guy that has to play multiple spots

The Bengals clearly made a mistake using their first-round selection on Ogbuehi in 2015. He was already recovering from a significant ACL injury at the time, and he’s never found his NFL footing. Since becoming the team’s starting right and left tackle at various points over the last two years, Ogbuehi has been routinely graded as one of the worst offensive tackles in the NFL.

He did play both guard and tackle at Texas A&M, so moving him there won’t be impossible. It may even be just what he needs, as he’s entering his fourth season after a rough start at the NFL level. He’ll get a chance to compete for the right tackle and right guard spots, but he’s still likely to end up a backup wherever they put him.

The Bengals declined the fifth year option on Ogbuehi’s rookie deal so he is set to hit free agency in 2019.