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Bengals Mailbag: Standing guard, primaries in the secondary and Mossing around

John and Anthony team up to field the questions on the minds of Bengals fans in the aftermath of the NFL Draft.

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The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books and the Bengals are conducting OTAs. We’re taking the air and answering your questions this Friday afternoon.

Here were some of the areas we were asked about:

  • What does the early role for Daxton Hill look like?
  • How soon (or late) will Cam Taylor-Britt be a starting outside corner for the defense?
  • Is Quinton Spain in the plans for this year?
  • Who has the inside track on the starting left guard job?
  • Is a Tee Higgins jersey number change in the works?
  • What does the 2022 outlook hold for the tight end position?
  • And much more!

We also received an email from Ivan specifically asking about Thaddeus Moss:

“What is the latest on Thaddeus Moss. He was very productive at LSU and I know he has been on the injured list. Any hope he steps up this year?”.

Thad Moss Hive activate!

When the Bengals brought Moss to Cincinnati after his being in Washington, most figured that his reunion with Joe Burrow was going to be his best shot at making a professional name for himself. He had a promising summer with the Bengals, but wallowed away on the practice squad.

However, in the late November rematch against the Steelers, Moss was elevated to the active game day roster and was slated to get some playing time. Unfortunately, the tight end hurt his hamstring in warm-ups and the rest of his season was washed away.

Cincinnati has retained him once again this offseason, but, for some, expectations remain low. Moss hasn’t seen the field to recapture the special 2019 bond he shared with his best friend at LSU in Burrow.

Still, with the Bengals somewhat-inactive offseason at the tight end position (lost C.J. Uzomah and signed Hayden Hurst; re-signed Mitchell Wilcox and declined to use a draft pick on the position), it creates a path for Moss to get on the field in 2022. We can point to the reported desire of the coaches wanting him to get involved in the offense towards the end of the year.

Moss does have some other undrafted competition this year with Justin Rigg and Jordan Wilson, but he’ll get looks this summer. Also looking back at last year, Cincinnati struggled getting into the end zone during the postseason.

A lot of that was due to offensive line deficiencies in that final stretch, which they’ve attempted to remedy in a big way this offseason. Having more big pass-catchers at Burrow’s disposal with Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd commanding attention is always another solid game plan to improve this facet of the offense.

Right now, it’s hard to boldly proclaim Moss as a breakout guy this year. But, if we look at the hints from late last season and the current status of the position group, now is as good of a time as any for Thad to make his move.

Our thanks to those who joined us for the live show at Friday afternoon. If we didn’t get to yours this time around, you can always send your questions to us in a number of ways:

  • A number of live chats and comment threads. On this post, the above-embedded YouTube video, Cincy Jungle’s Facebook and more.
  • Call/Text (949) 542-6241.
  • Email us at theobinsider@gmail.com.
  • Tweet @BengalsOBI or @CincyJungle.

We answered as many as we could—thanks for all of the questions!

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