Why Bengals Depth Chart Will Surprise You
Posted February 16, 2020 11:00:00The Bengals depth chart is currently in flux with a slew of moves expected this offseason, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the position players, particularly the position linemen.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is known for using a 4-3-5 system, but this year, the team opted to go with a 3-4-5 scheme.
While the depth chart changes could change the personnel, the position positions are pretty much the same, so it should be no surprise to see a significant upgrade for the starting guard position.
Bennie Logan is a guard who has spent most of his career at right guard, and has spent some time as a tackle at left guard.
He has shown improvement as a pass blocker, but it has been a step back in his ability to protect the quarterback.
He will likely get a shot at a starting role this year after he recorded eight sacks this past season, but there are questions surrounding his ability at the other guard positions.
He is a former first round pick out of Clemson, but is not a good fit for the Bengals scheme.
Jermaine Gresham will likely see a jump in his role this offseason after having a down season in 2017.
He started his career as a backup tackle, but has played in a number of different positions.
In his career, Gresman has recorded 23 total sacks, 10.5 TFL, 7.5 QB hurries, 1.5 sacks, 5 QB hits and 7 pass breakups.
He could see a step forward this season after he had the best season of his pro career in 2017 with seven sacks, 6 TFL and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Benson Mayowa was the Bengals’ top left tackle for much of his college career, but he is not the player that most people believe he is.
He was drafted in the second round in 2018, but did not get a chance to play because of injuries, and now is a free agent after playing just 14 games last season.
He had two sacks and a fumble recovery in the 2016 regular season.
It is likely that Mayowa will be used as a rotational player in the future.
If he stays healthy, Mayowa is one of the best rotational tackles in the NFL, but his production is likely going to decline this offseason.
He can be a rotary player, but most teams don’t really have a need for that type of player.
He played in just 13 games as a rookie, but recorded 23 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 3.5 quarterback hurries and 3 pass break ups.
He needs to be better at defending the run.
Rafael Aguayo is a player who is only 30 years old and played in seven games in his career.
He did have a down year, but was still a very productive player, recording 9 sacks, 4.0 sacks for a sack percentage of 27.5%.
He is not one to complain about injuries, but that does not mean he will be able to stay healthy for long.
Aguayo was the first of the Bengals picks to get a long-term deal after making the Pro Bowl in 2016.
He does not have a lot of production this season, as he is averaging just 6.5 total tackles per game.
He may be a rotation player in 2019, but will likely play a significant role in the Bengals offense in 2020.
The Bengals are going to have to make some roster moves this offseason to upgrade their offensive line.
While some of the moves will likely be for the better, it will be up to the Bengals to find the best possible way to fill those positions.
If they continue to play a 4, 5, or 4-2-5 defense, then they may have a chance at a playoff spot.