Considerable or insignificant, the Bengals offensive line is making progress.
With four new starters making up the group and the average age to the right of Clint Boling being about 23 and-a-half years old, the group has kept quarterback Andy Dalton more upright than last year. There’s still plenty of improvements to be made in the run game, but the change has been welcome and has contributed to an explosive offense through two weeks of play.
Left Tackle: Cordy Glenn, 63.7
Left Guard: Clint Boling, 74.2
Center: Billy Price, 57.7
Right Guard: Alex Redmond, 56.4
Right Tackle: Bobby Hart, 42.2
It cannot be understated how much left tackle Cordy Glenn has meant to the Bengals’ offense so far. Through two weeks, he’s allowed only two hurries and has the second-highest pass-block grade of any tackle in the league. At the same time last year, Cedric Ogbuehi had already allowed two sacks and seven additional hurries.
In similar fashion to last year, Boling remains the best blocker the Bengals have and has started his eight season on the right foot. But it’s Glenn who’s made the biggest difference like we all expected when he replaced Cedric Ogbuehi at left tackle. Though a 63.7 grade isn’t tremendous, the difference from Ogbuehi is, and that’s what is counting.
To Price’s credit, he’s graded out better than fellow rookies Mason Cole and Frank Ragnow, who are both playing on offensive lines ranked worse than Cincinnati’s. Ragnow has not transitioned to guard well and Cole was thrusted into the starting center spot because of injury.
But still, the early returns for Price, specifically in pass protection, have been solid. It’s a shame we won’t see his continued progression until a few weeks from now when he returns from his foot injury. In the meantime, the comparable Trey Hopkins will fill in for him.
Then there’s the inconsistent duo on the right side. Both Redmond and Hart have given up the vast majority of pressures through the first two weeks and are some of the lowest graded players at their position. The positives have shown up on tape, but so have the negatives, and more frequently as well.
If the unit wants to keep improving, it’s these two who need to settle down in pass protection and keep up with the rest of the group. Otherwise, 20th may be the highest ranking we see this year.