Hakeem Adeniji and Quinton Spain were among the offensive linemen who got their first starts of the year against the Tennessee Titans, and both demonstrated they deserve to get playing time.
Bengals team reporter Marisa Contipelli suggests that it may not be that simple.
When I asked her if Adeniji and Spain would get more snaps, she responded:
“That’s a great question. Zac Taylor’s told us that they really liked the line that they had in place before the Tennessee game and they thought that they were making some pretty good strides over the last couple of weeks. I wouldn’t expect to see those same five guys we saw against Tennessee play against Pittsburgh. Could we see a combination? Absolutely.”
Contipelli added that while Billy Price had a strong game in Week 8, we shouldn’t be surprised to see Trey Hopkins reclaim his job once healthy.
And Bobby Hart could still be the starter at right tackle. “I know that the team had been liking his performance so far this season,” she said.
Contipelli said they’re going to use the bye week to heavily evaluate film, especially that of Adeniji and Spain.
“I don’t think anyone has the answer to [who will start on the o-line] quite yet, but it’ll sure be interesting to see once practice starts back up next week, once we get back from the bye, who that first team is out there,” she said.
We also talked about the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, an extension for William Jackson III, the rapid rise of Tee Higgins, and made season predictions.
You can watch our entire interview with Contipelli and Sports Illustrated’s Nicole Zembrodt below:
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