2015 Depth Charts: Cincinnati Bengals

A look at the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals depth chart as it stands right now.

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A look at the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals depth chart as it stands right now.

2015 Depth Charts: Cincinnati Bengals


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Notes

•  If ever there was a player that we wanted to use more than one color for, it’s Andy Dalton. His career works out as average, but it’s rare that he ever plays like that with a high ceiling and a low floor every week.

•  A.J. Green wasn’t a unanimous choice as an Elite player, but when you compare his career to the other receivers that we have in that category, it wouldn’t have been fair to keep him out of it.

•  Geno Atkins wasn’t up his usual standard last season on his comeback from injury and,if we were basing this solely on last year, it would be tough to say he was even Very Good. Yet his career has seen plenty of Elite play, so we opted to split the difference with the hope that he can prove himself to be Elite once again in 2015.

•  Dre Kirkpatrick was an interesting player to look at, if for no other reason than we haven’t seen a whole lot of him on the field. When he’s been on the field he has been solid enough though, and it will be interesting to see how he does if he can earn more playing time.

Team Needs

Defensive Tackle: Outside of Atkins, this is a unit that could really do with improving. Domato Peko has disappointed despite seeing plenty of the field, while Brandon Thompson and Devon Still don’t look ready for a bigger role.

Wide Receiver: Green is Elite, and Marvin Jones has shown some quality play in stretches in his young career. Beyond that though, some help at the position wouldn’t be a bad thing. If nothing else they could do with an upgrade in the slot, with the talented Andrew Hawkins leaving for Cleveland last year.

Defensive End: Losing Michael Johnson last year hurt, even if he didn’t play up to his reputation. Neither Wallace Gilberry or Robert Geathers have shown themselves capable of a full-time role, so finding someone opposite Carlos Dunlap would be a big help.

 

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  • Flavio_G

    Is there a more consistent ‘red-rated’ starter for a playoff contender than Domata Peko? Guess they use different metrics in Cincy!

    • Jaguars28

      Great hair

      • Riffle,Rod&Fly

        It must be the Head & Shoulders curse.

    • Chris

      Peko is supposedly a lockerroom leader who does all the right things and helps gel the team. Geathers has had the same role for years. Neither should be getting a large portion of snaps at this point. I hope we draft DT and DE early this year. Everything else looks primed for another playoff run.

      • Brian Nagy

        I agree 100%. Peko should still be around next year, Geathers will probably be cut. Peko should only be playing part time with Thompson, and we do need to draft a DT this year, so they can get some snaps in this year.

  • Jaguars28

    This team has talent across the board, especially in the playoffs. If only Dalton could be consistent…

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      It is hard to pin last year’s playoff game on Dalton when the defense let up ~200 yds rushing. This year, they were such a decrepit team due to injuries that I was surprised they even made it to the playoffs. This is a poorly coached team. They decline in the playoffs because other teams have simply out-prepared them.

      I believe you are right about the safeties. That was the case this year at least.

      • Jaguars28

        Yeah, Nelson was a free safety here in Jacksonville.

        I disagree about this being a poorly coached team. Marvin Lewis is one of the best defensive minds in football, and it shows.

        • Riffle,Rod&Fly

          Maybe he should be a DC then. Even then, they were better under Zimmer. They were in the bottom half of all defensive categories except points this year. They have an opportunistic secondary that managed to stay healthy.

          Good coaching shows in the post season. Look at Belichick. He is a rigorous note taker and tends to know his opponents as well as they do. The theme in the AFC has been a slow starting Pats team that comes on strong as the season goes. That is a sign of coaching at its best. The Bengals are the complete opposite of that.

          Good coaches scheme well and gather information against their opponents. They have the most “homework” to do come the end of season. Coaches that continually fail at that point are simply not great at the chess game.

          • Jaguars28

            Can’t agree. I think it was amazing that Lewis even got them to the playoffs.

            I think Bengals fans would quickly realize he’s not the problem.

          • a57se

            How the heck does Lewis keep his job???

          • Riffle,Rod&Fly

            The NFL’s only sub-billionaire owner who has no income outside of his football team combined with coaching being uncapped. That is how.

          • Riffle,Rod&Fly

            They were supposed to be the worst team in the league in 2011. They’ve been to the playoffs since then because of a good drafting and a rebuilding Steelers team. There was no sea change in the way Lewis ran things. They’re now in decline because of losing Zimmer and Gruden (who I’m no huge fan of). I am a Bengals fan. Lewis is undeserving of the tenure he has been given. The league is full of great defensive minds who are bad head coaches. More than one of them came from that 2000 Ravens team too.

          • Jaguars28

            Lemme guess… Jack Del Rio?

          • Vitor

            Perfect. Mike Smith and Rex Ryan are exactly the same case.
            11 seasons and 0 playoff wins, even ahead of teams with a lot of talent, like this one. There is no excuse for that.

          • Brian Nagy

            Rex Ryan had a less talented Mark Sanchez help lead them and their amazing defense to 2 afc title games in a row.

          • Chris

            Agreed. The drafting has been the reason this team has done better lately. Lewis is just along for the ride.

            As far as Gruden/Zimmer…IMO Zimmer was top notch and got the most out of this defense. Gruden is simply average although his style was certainly different than Jackson’s.

            Can’t pin the loss this year on Andy without Green, Jones, Gresham, and Eifert in there. You can’t draft weapons for a guy, then take away all those weapons, and then say he did a bad job.

          • Brian Nagy

            All Bengals fans know the true problem is the owner, Mike Brown. He doesn’t open the wallet, and when he has, it’s usually been disastrous, such as L. Coles, Antwan Odom, and my favorite signing ever, Antonio Bryant… But yeah, no GM hurts too. Lewis is sold, but that’s about it. Never won a playoff game in 12 years is grounds for termination, but this should be his last season in Cincinnati.

        • Chris

          Nelson is not a free safety. Whenever the Bengals went to a single-high look it was usually Nelson roaming around the box near the LOS and Iloka playing deep.

          Nelson has played a very Polamalu-like role the last couple years.

      • bobrulz

        Amazing that John Harbaugh gets fired for leading his team to 3 straight championship games and a Super Bowl, John Fox gets fired for not being quite good enough in the playoffs (but still leading his team to a Super Bowl), and Marvin Lewis marches on with his shiny 0-6 playoff record in 11 seasons.

  • Riffle,Rod&Fly

    I don’t understand how Green is elite this year. Maybe it is that YPR stat? About half of that starting offensive line up injured much of the year. One of the most noticeable and surprising declines was when Andre Smith left.

    • Chris

      That’s because Newhouse is utter garbage. Smith is one of the best RTs in the league, so the dropoff was huge.

      Also yes Green was one of the most efficient and dynamic receivers when he was on the field. He’s not somebody that is known for injury history, and these grades aren’t based just on last year, so they likely overlooked the injuries in favor of his production which was at an all-time best last year.

      • Riffle,Rod&Fly

        It is good to see Smith pan out. He seemed to take some heat early on. I hope he’s 100% next year. Jason La Canfora advocates cutting him in order to push an extension to Green. This seems unnecessary and stupid but then again, you can’t expect those doofuses to know what’s going on in Cincy.

        Green had some big plays when he was in the game but top teams still managed to shut him down. Hasn’t his knee been banged up a couple times now? I know he’s played through a lot. I had high hopes for him this year as he looked physically bigger, but this wasn’t the same offense. I wonder if the Andy/Green connection will ever be what it was with pass-happy Gruden calling the shots.

      • BlazerBenner

        True, but don’t forget Green’s numerous drops. How about the uncontested pick that he allowed in a vital moment in the playoff game?

        Also, per PFF, Smith was regressing as his season went along in addition to having a sub-par season compared to his “contract year” season of last year.

  • BlazerBenner

    Assuming that the Cheap Mike Brown is going to let Boling, the #10 and #7 rated LG the last two seasons, leave via Free Agency, I’d be OK with signing Smith for less, moving Smith to LG, and signing Winston to play RT. I believe Winston could do as well, even though he’s 35 pounds less, as Smith at RT. Winston knows that his obligations as NFLPA President effected his play the year before, so he’s not apt to let that happen again, resulting in a more 2012 version of Winston, instead of the 2013 version.

  • BlazerBenner

    Burfict is “Below Average” (or worse) until proven otherwise. Coming back from Micro-fracture surgery takes more than a year and a half, at the very least. He was already regressing before the injury demonstrating the undisciplined nature that had the entire NFL pass on him during the draft. He was not where he was supposed to be on plays while also creating the dumb penalties he got so often in both College and his Rookie season. Two years removed from Zimmer and playing time when he gets back from his rehabilitation, Burfict is going to have to resume learning how to play disciplined in a 4-3. He can’t freelance like he was doing at the beginning of the year last season.

  • BlazerBenner

    If Ryan Hewitt, who finished as the #1 Fullback the last half of the season per PFF is only “Good”, then what are the other Fullbacks in the NFL?

  • BlazerBenner

    So, what’s Mike Brown’s first move? Cut the versatile and “Good” Mike Pollack. Some might try to tell you the excuse that Mike Pollack has bad knees, but he played through any injuries he had most of the time last year. Pollack also wouldn’t be a starter all season, but a spot starter and backup. He was being paid backup money, but that was too much for even the stingy Mike Brown.

  • james

    The Bengals have been solid losing Zimmer sucked the most. But I’m glad that we got rid of gruden because all he did was try to throw all day. Andy will be better this year in his 2nd year of this new offense plus the return of Marvin Jones and Eifert. Sanu got wore down after 1000+ snaps. And this year our defense will be back in top form it takes a full season to completely recover from an ACL surgery Geno works so hard and he didn’t ge
    t that last off-season while rehabbing. We got Michael Johnson back which will help more than anyone realises Dunlap Atkins and Johnson play so good together. We lost Newman thank goodness and we should just promote Vance Joseph to DC plus as Vance put it kirkpatrick just hasn’t got the playing time to Learn and get better that’s what CBs need more than anything to get better and Dennard is better than Kirk by far. We have no major holes anywhere and we can draft the best player available thanks to Johnson returning we get 6 picks in the 1st 4 rounds the Bengals have had major success in those round geno 4th round and center bodine 4th round. Jeremy Hill is gonna be even better in his 2nd year we get all these players back. Andre Smith whose having his best off season yet. elite Vontez Burifict Eifert both my favorites to come back and oh yeah Marvin Jones James Wright who is gonna be good too he was only behind Odell beckem and Jarvis Landry at LSU. Plus we’re gonne get at least 4 solid players in the draft. Andy will have a better year just because of the type of players we didn’t have due to injury. The Colts knew we would run in that playoff game when the only player we had left at recover was Sanu who was so wore down already. And if we’re coached so poorly then we wouldn’t make it to the playoffs at all the injury bug killed our LBs and WRs so we will add depth to that plus we got AJ Hawk who will play better in our 4-3 scheme. We need to upgrade at LB and get someone like aShane Ray. But I wouldn’t mind an OT whitworth may not play to much longer. The Bengals will grab their top rated player no matter wherethey draft so don’t be suprised to see them take whatever position just to add depth and not to miss out on someone and not reach. Look for Marcus hunt to get better as well he always does he’s gotten better everyyear with his limited time actually playing football.