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Bengals release first depth chart

Sam Hubbard is in line to start at defensive end in Year 2.

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

The Cincinnati Bengals revealed their first 2019 depth chart on Monday. For the most part, it was what should be expected as the team heads into its first preseason game on Saturday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

The starting offensive line includes John Jerry holding down the left guard spot. Remember, Jerry spent time with head coach Zac Taylor and offensive line coach Jim Turner when all three were with the Miami Dolphins, so there’s a level of familiarity there that isn’t the case with Christian Westerman. Trey Hopkins is also making a push for the job.

C.J. Uzomah may be the starting tight end, but that’s in part due to Tyler Eifert being able to line up all over the line of scrimmage, not just at tight end.

Jeff Driskel is still the backup quarterback. Rookie Ryan Finally will need to really impress in the preseason to win this job.

Josh Malone is listed as the second-string receiver behind A.J. Green. This suggests that Malon would be starting when Green is out with his ankle injury.

The defense is pretty much what we all assumed. Sam Hubbard is the starting right defensive end after a solid rookie season, while Carl Lawson, who is coming off an ACL tear, is the backup. Hubbard occasionally moved to defensive tackle on passing downs last year, which allowed Lawson to play on the end. Keeping both of them on the field on passing downs should be something Lou Anarumo continues this season.

What are your thoughts on the first depth chart?