Bengals News NFL: Cincinnati Bengals release strong safety George Iloka.



Cincinnati Bengals 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/23/2018.


Cincinnati Bengals Free Agency Recap


The Bengals got Cordy Glenn in a trade to replace Andrew Whitworth at left tackle. Cincinnati also signed Glenn's teammate from the Buffalo Bills, Preston Brown as a Free Agent.



Cincinnati Bengals Draft Recap


Cincinnati drafted two starters with Billy Price and Jessie Bates III. Billy Price was a center at Ohio State. He will start at center for the Cincinnati Bengals. Jessie Bates III played safety at Wake Forest and did well enough to beat out George Iloka for a starting safety spot.




Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Summary: Andy Dalton returns as the starter with Matt Barkley as a backup. Bill Lazor is the offensive coordinator on Cincinnati and Alex Van Pelt returns as the quarterbacks caoch. Lazor works well with developing quarterbacks, yet can be horrendous calling plays at times.


Cincinnati Bengals Running Back Summary: Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are back to give opposing run defenses crap while offending fantasy owners in the process. Now you add rookie Mark Walton into the equation for depth and Cincinnati has a truely lethal running game. That could all change in training camp though. Running backs coach Kyle Caskey enters his fifth season with the Bengals.


Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Summary: A.J. Green is still this teams #1 flanker receiver, but he had a season ending injury after the Bengals got off to a bad start. Cincinnati has Tyler Boyd next to him. John Ross, Josh Malone, Cody Core, and Auden Tate are competing for the slot receiver job. Bob Bicknell was the wide receivers coach at Baylor for twenty five years and now he is the wide receivers coach.


Cincinnati Bengals Tight End Summary: They have a top 5 tight end in Tyler Eifert when healthy and second year tight end Tyler Kroft out of Rutgers will step up if Eifert goes down. C.J. Uzomah is the third string tight end and Mason Schreck, who wowed me on tape as a late round pick out of Buffalo is trhe fourth string tight end. Jonathan Hayes enters his sixteenth season as the tight ends coach with the Cincinnati Bengals.


Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Line Summary: Cincinnati has Cordy Glenn at left tackle, Clint Boling at left guard, and Billy Price at center. The right side of the offensive line features Trey Hopkins at right guard and Bobby Hart at right tackle.


Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuhei are good offensive tackles for depth. Fisher is considered the backup left tackle with Ogbuhei being the backup right tackle.


Frank Pollack was the Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach from 2015-2017. Pollack will get all the credit if he can turn around this offensive line.


The Bengals are capable of having a top 10 oiffense in rushing yards and a top 16 offense in passing yards. I( also feel like Cincinnati is a top 20 team in points scored and total yards allowed.. The right side of the offensive line is the biggest weakness for this Bengals team.



Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Line Summary: Michael Johnson is still projected to start at 4-3 right end. Cincinnati has Carlos Dunlap at 4-3 left end. If either defensive end gets injured, Jordan Willis their third round pick who was a 4-3 left end at Kansas State will step in. I'm guessing Willis will be a situational pass rusher in Cincinnati. I see Willis as a 4-3 left end so it wouldn't hurt to draft another 4-3 right end. Cincinnati has Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard as a backup 4-3 right end after drafting him in the third round. Carl Lawson may end up moving to a 4-3 left outside linebacker role. He could also be used for depth at defensive end though.


The Bengals have a decent defensive tackle situation. Geno Atkins remains a force, but he may command some double teams. Andrew Billings is capable of starting next to Atkins. Chris Baker provides great depth at defensive tackle.


Marvin Lewis is great with developing both defensive linemen and linebackers and that's why he became defensive coordinator and eventually head coach. Jacob Burney enters his third season as the defensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals.


Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker Summary: The Bengals are awesome at developing linebackers. Vontaze Burfict will start at 4-3 right outside linebacker. Preston Brown gives Cincinnati a viable middle linebacker for the first time in years. Nick Vigil is the weak link of this linebacker core at 4-3 left outside linebacker. Marvin Lewis knows how to develop linebackers at head coach. The Bengals linebackers coach is former Saints head coach Jim Haslett.


Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Summary: Dre Kirkpatrick will remain the teams field cornerback with William Jackson III at boundary cornerback. Darqueze Dennard is the nickel cornerback.


Shawn Williams is moving from free safety to strong safety while second round pick Jessie Bates III out of Wake Forest will start right away at the free safety spot. Teryl Austin is Cincinnati's new defensive coordinator. He had success as a defensive backs coach on the Baltimore Ravens when Baltimore won Super Bowl 47. Daronte Jones enters his second season as a defensive backs coach who specializes in developing cornerbacks.


The Bengals should have cut Williams and kept Iloka by pairing him with Jessie Bates III. Other than that, I really don't have any issues with this defense overall. I see a defense that will strugle with sacks, but could be a top 15 defense in points allowed, total yards allowed, pass defense, and run defense.



Cincinnati Bengals Special Teams Summary: Darrin Simmons has been the Bengals special teams coordinator for fifteen years now. Randy Bullock returns as the starting kicker. Kevin Huber is still there at punter.




Cincinnati Bengals Worst Case Scenario: The Bengals go 2-14 and finish as the leagues worst NFL team.


Cincinnati Bengals Best Case Scenario: Cincinnati goes 11-5 and wins the AFC North Division. This Bengals team finally puts everything together to win a playoff game.


Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 2
September 13
VS
8:20 PM EST
NFL Network
W
Week 3
September 23
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 4
September 30
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 5
October 7
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 6
October 14
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 7
October 21
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 8
October 28
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 9
Bye Week
Week 10
November 11
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 11
November 18
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 12
November 25
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 13
December 2
VS
1 PM EST
ESPN
W
Week 14
December 9
AT
4:05 EST
CBS
L
Week 15
December 16
VS
1 EST
CBS
W
Week 16
December 23
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 17
December 30
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L


Cincinnati Bengals 2018 Projected Record (7-9): Cincinnati patched their roster up quite a bit. At the same time, this won't be a playoff team unless they sweep both the Ravens and the Browns. I have Clevleand actually sweeping the Bengals so when you look at the schedule and overall talent on this roster this is a 7-9 squad and that's mainly due to Jimmy Smith getting suspended.









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