Offseason Needs: Cincinnati Bengals

1. Weak-side linebacker
The Cincinnati Bengals have relatively few glaring holes to fill. As a result, their primary needs are fairly specific. Vontaze Burfict is expected to shift to inside linebacker to replace Rey Maualuga, leaving a gaping hole on the weak side. This could be addressed in the second round with Arthur Brown.

2. Right Tackle
Re-signing Andre Smith would solve this issue, but he’s expected to command a fairly hefty price tag, and considering his inconsistency and weight issues, he may not be worth it. The Bengals may consider addressing this in the first round with Alabama’s D.J. Fluker.

3. Running Back
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is servicable, and the Bengals could certainly survive another year with him as the feature back. But they should at least entertain the idea of adding a younger option such as Eddie Lacy in the first or second round.

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Mohamed Sanu MIA in Bengals offense

Cincinnati Bengals 3rd-round pick Mohamed Sanu has yet to see any meaningful action, taking the field for a grand total of five plays through two games.

Sanu was used for five plays in the season opener against Baltimore, all five of which were running plays. Sanu was active again in Sunday against the Browns, but did not see the field.

The Bengals have used six receivers so far this year, including Sanu, but Sanu is the only one who has yet to run a route. 5th-round pick Marvin Jones has apparently jumped Sanu on the depth chart, based on the fact that he’s taken the field for a total of 23 plays in both games.

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Vontaze Burfict competing for starting job at strong-side linebacker

The Cincinnati Bengals gave Vontaze Burfict his first taste of NFL action on Sunday against the Browns. He was originally expected to start in place of the injured Thomas Howard, but the Bengals opened up in a nickel package so he ended up coming off the bench and playing 22 snaps at strong-side linebacker.

Despite reports prior to the game that Burfict would be the Bengals starter, actions speak louder than words. Burfict and Manny Lawson each played 22 snaps on Sunday, indicating that the job is still very much up for grabs in Howard’s absence.

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Vontaze Burfict “on the bubble” in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals undrafted free agent Vontaze Burfict is reportedly on the bubble for making the final 53-man roster according to Paul Dehner Jr., of CBS Sports. Burfict has been competing with Roddrick Muckelroy for the backup job behind Rey Maualuga.

Frankly, the fact that he’s even in the conversation is a big win for Burfict. He may be worth developing, but unless he has improved by leaps and bounds this offseason, he isn’t ready for the NFL. Since the Bengals consider themselves serious contenders in the AFC, it would come as a surprise if they used a roster spot on a rookie with significant development still needed.

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Boom Herron not expected to make Bengals roster

According to Paul Dehner Jr. of CBS Sports, Cincinnati Bengals 6th-round pick Dan “Boom” Herron is not expected to survive the final roster cuts.

Herron showed flashes of NFL potential at Ohio State, but missed significant time as a senior due to his suspension for his involvement in the Ohio State tattoo parlor scandal. The Bengals gave him a shot, but he apparently has failed to take advantage of the opportunity.

Dehner expectes the Bengals to keep four running backs on the roster – BenJarvus Green Ellis, Cedric Peerman, Brian Leonard and Bernard Scott – as well as fullback Chris Pressley. Herron may have a chance to catch on with the practice squad.

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