NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. What do we expect from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017?
It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.
So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017?
For the second straight offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals took their lumps when it came to losing talent. In 2016, it was wideouts Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. This offseason, two starters on the offensive line – left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard Kevin Zeitler – left for the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns, respectively.
This past season, the injury bug also bit offensive standouts such as wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard. Hence the decision to use a pair of early draft choices on speedster John Ross (1-Washington) and controversial runner Joe Mixon (2-Oklahoma). The former has been hampered by a shoulder injury this summer. On the other side of the ball, the team needs to tighten up its play against the run.
You almost get the sense that the window could be closing for this edition of the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s always been a team stocked with great young talent and has also been one of the better organizations when it comes to the draft. It will be interesting to see what impact Ross and Mixon will have on an offense that stalled too often in 2016. That being said, we’re not sure if the Cincinnati defense will rebound positively. All that being said, Lewis’ team should not be discounted in any way. Still, seven to nine wins seems like a reasonable prediction.