Bengals pre-camp 53-man roster projection

Tommy Jaggi

Training camp and preseason are one of the most interesting times of the year for football fans. The Bengals are set to open camp this weekend, and dozens of players will be out to prove their worth to the franchise.

While some players are anchored securely in their starting roles, others are fighting to keep their NFL dreams alive. 

Cincinnati will be forced to cut their roster down to just 53 players prior to the start of the season. Here is my early 53-man roster prediction for the Bengals in 2019:

Quarterbacks: 3

1. Andy Dalton

2. Ryan Finley

3. Jeff Driskel 

Not a lot of surprises in this area. Jacob Dolegala will be in the mix for the team's 3rd quarterback spot, but I have the experience of Driskel winning out. 

Running backs: 3

1. Joe Mixon

2. Giovani Bernard

3. Trayveon Williams

It's hard to keep four running backs on your roster these days, with the passing game becoming increasingly more important. Trayveon Williams is a virtual lock to make the team - leaving 6th round pick, Rodney Anderson, as the odd man out. 

Wide receiver: 6

1. A.J. Green

2. Tyler Boyd

3. John Ross

4. Alex Erickson

5. Josh Malone

6. Stanley Morgan 

It gets a little dicey toward the bottom of the depth chart. Cincinnati could elect to keep just 5 receivers, but I have them going with undrafted rookie, Stanley Morgan - a player I really liked coming out of Nebraska. He has a hill to climb, but he could land as the Bengals 6th wide receiver. 

Tight end: 4

1. Tyler Eifert

2. C.J. Uzomah 

3. Drew Sample

4. Mason Schreck

I think the Bengals will likely roll with four tight ends at their disposal. Tyler Eifert is often injured, so it wouldn't be bad to keep another tight end at their disposal. Drew Sample is locked in as Cincinnati's 3rd tight end after being selected in the 2nd round of the draft this year. 

Offensive line: 9

1. Cordy Glenn

2. Trey Hopkins

3. Christian Westerman

4. Billy Price

5. John Miller

6. Bobby Hart

7. Michael Jordan

8. Alex Redmond

9. Kent Perkins

This positional group isn't so cut and dry anymore. Jonah Williams' surgery and the Clint Boling retirement shakes things up a bit. I have the Bengals yielding 9 offensive lineman, and they may have some sorting out to do before they find their best lineup. 

Defensive line: 9 

1. Geno Atkins

2. Carlos Dunlap

3. Sam Hubbard

4. Carl Lawson

5. Kerry Wynn

6. Jordan Willis

7. Andrew Billings

8. Ryan Glasgow

9. Renell Wren

The Bengals have  a plethora of depth along the defensive line. It's possible that as many as ten players could make this list, but I will err on the side of caution and say they keep 9 defensive lineman. 

Linebackers: 6

1. Nick Vigil

2. Germaine Pratt

3. Preston Brown

4. Deshaun Davis

5. Jordan Evans

6. Malik Jefferson

Cincinnati is looking a little thin at the linebacker position these days. Third round draft choice, Germaine Pratt, will look to have an impact sooner rather than later. 

Cornerbacks: 6

1. William Jackson III

2. Dre Kirkpatrick

3. BW Webb

4. Darqueze Dennard

5. Davontae Harris

6. Darius Phillips

The Bengals corners have some sorting out to do, but I think these 6 will be the ones who end up sticking around in 2019. Jackson boasts the most upside of the group, as he looks to build on a strong season. 

Safeties: 4

1. Jessie Bates

2. Clayton Fejedelem

3. Shawn Williams

4. Brandon Wilson

The Bengals got some surprisingly good play out of their safeties last season. There is not a lot of experience in the group, but Jessie Bates looks like he could be the real deal. He will have a chance to develop into one of the better free safeties in the league. 

Special teams: 3

1. Clark Harris

2. Kevin Huber

3. Randy Bullock

No surprises here. These three players have been around for a while and don't appear to be going anywhere. 

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Jared Martin
Jared Martin

I thought Stanley Morgan was a steal. Should’ve been drafted.

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