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Bengals depth chart: Alex Redmond to start at right guard in Week 1

The Bengals’ Week 1 depth chart is set and Alex Redmond and Bobby Hart will hold down the right side of the offensive line. Michael Johnson remains a starter on defense.

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The Bengals have finalized their 53-man roster and practice squad, for now at least.

While some changes could be made in the coming days and weeks, we now have a good idea of who is starting and playing in Week 1 when they take on the Colts. That’s because the Bengals have released the official Week 1 depth chart.

Let’s take a look at the roster, and then make some observations:


  1. Andy Dalton
  2. Jeff Driskel

Running back

  1. Joe Mixon
  2. Giovani Bernard
  3. Mark Walton
  4. Tra Carson

Wide Receiver 1

  1. A.J. Green
  2. Josh Malone
  3. Cody Core
  4. Auden Tate

Wide Receiver 2

  1. Tyler Boyd
  2. John Ross
  3. Alex Erickson

Tight End

  1. Tyler Eifert
  2. Tyler Kroft
  3. C.J. Uzomah
  4. Mason Schreck

Left Tackle

  1. Cordy Glenn
  2. Jake Fisher

Left Guard

  1. Clint Boling
  2. Christian Westerman


  1. Billy Price
  2. Trey Hopkins

Right guard

  1. Alex Redmond
  2. Trey Hopkins

Right tackle

  1. Bobby Hart
  2. Cedric Ogbuehi


Left Defensive End

  1. Carlos Dunlap
  2. Sam Hubbard

Right Defensive End

  1. Michael Johnson
  2. Jordan Willis
  3. Carl Lawson

Defensive Tackle

  1. Geno Atkins
  2. Ryan Glasgow

Nose Tackle

  1. Andrew Billings
  2. Josh Tupou

Strongside Linebacker

  1. Nick Vigil
  2. Vincent Rey

Middle Linebacker

  1. Preston Brown
  2. Hardy Nickerson

Weakside Linebacker

  1. Jordan Evans
  2. Malik Jefferson

Left Cornerback

  1. Dre Kirkpatrick
  2. Darqueze Dennard

Right Cornerback

  1. William Jackson
  2. Tony McRae
  3. Darius Phillips

Strong Safety

  1. Shawn Williams
  2. Clayton Fejedelem

Free Safety

  1. Jessie Bates III
  2. Brandon Wilson


  1. Kevin Huber


  1. Randy Bullock

Long Snapper

  1. Clark Harris


  1. Kevin Huber

Punt returner

  1. Alex Erickson
  2. Darius Phillips
  3. Tyler Boyd

Kick Returner

  1. Alex Erickson
  2. Darius Phillips
  3. Brandon Wilson

Key observations

  • Alex Redmond will start at right guard with Trey Hopkins backing him up.
  • Bobby Hart will start at right tackle.
  • Even though Vincent Rey is listed at strongside linebacker, he’s likely the No. 2 backer at all three spots as long as Vontaze Burfict is out.
  • Michael Johnson remains a starter despite getting cut and re-signed this weekend.
  • Clayton Fejedelem is capable of playing both safety spots, so he’ll probably get in the game a lot more than Brandon Wilson, if Jessie Bates were to get injured.
  • Alex Erickson remains as the No. 1 kick and punt returner on the team.
  • Jessie Bates will start, as expected, at free safety, making him the first Bengals rookie on defense to start in a Week 1 game since Rey Maualuga in 2009.
  • Pretty much everything else is to be expected, including Jordan Evans starting in place of Vontaze Burfict during his suspension. Burfict is not currently on the depth chart.
  • This depth chart uses a 4-3 base defense. So while Carl Lawson and Darqueze Dennard aren’t listed as starters, they would be in the nickel defense, which the Bengals will use most often.