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Could Wren become a consistent starter for Cincinnati?

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The Cincinnati Bengals have been looking to vastly improve their roster this offseason.

For the bulk of the needs this team has, free agency and the draft will suffice, but they’ll be looking for more than just that to improve on the mere two wins they had in all of 2019.

That said, the Bengals need internal improvement.

With the talent they currently boast, the team has potential for several players to take a big jump in productivity in 2020.

While some were obvious, when listing breakout candidates,’s Michael LaPlaca included DT Renell Wren. The other four were OG Michael Jordan, CB Darius Phillips, LB Germaine Pratt, and OT Jonah Williams.

Wren played in 11 games with two starts for the team in 2020. A fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Wren totaled just eight tackles throughout those 11 games and one quarterback hurry.

Given the tools in his arsenal, Wren may make a significant jump this coming season. Here’s an excerpt of what LaPlaca said regarding the second-round defensive tackle.

“While the reported addition of defensive tackle D.J. Reader will likely be a huge boost to the Bengals front seven, Wren will still have an opportunity to step and push for additional snaps. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said the team wants to reduce Geno Atkins’ snaps next season to help the Pro Bowl defensive tackle increase his efficiency.

“The physical traits are there. Wren is a physical specimen with broad upper body and proportional thickness than many NFL teams covet. The key will be continuing to get reps and improving his technique to take the next step.”

Wren only saw 155 snaps, or 15% of the team’s defensive snaps, in 2019. There’s, of course, room for improvement, but he’ll have to show it throughout the offseason to secure those much-needed reps.