The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t waiting around to make Jonah Williams their left tackle of the future.
Following Monday’s OTA session, starting left tackle Cordy Glenn revealed he was moving to left guard, which means Williams is taking over on the blindside:
Cordy Glenn is moving to left guard, he says. Says he is embracing it. “Coach Turner and I had a man-to-man talk.” Jonah Williams to LT.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 20, 2019
Zac Taylor on Cordy Glenn kicking in to LG: “Love his mindset. He wants to do whatever to help us win.... it’s helpful that he’s done it in the past (in college at UGA).”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) May 20, 2019
As soon as Cincinnati spent the 11th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft on Williams, everyone assumed it was only a matter of time until he was the team’s starting left tackle.
However, it does come as a bit of a surprise that the team is already handing that job to Williams while moving Glenn to guard. The veteran has spent his entire career at offensive tackle, so it will be interesting to see how well he does at guard in the coming months.
This would also seem to be bad news for Clint Boling, who was the starting left guard before this news came out. Boling was rehabbing an undisclosed injury during today’s practice, so he’s already losing ground to Glenn is this does indeed become a position battle leading up to the regular season.
But most importantly, it’s great to see Zac Taylor and his staff not being afraid to make big changes like this so soon vs. waiting until it’s late in the regular season with nothing to play for like Marvin Lewis would have in this situation