Bengals squad ranked in top 10 by Pro Football Focus
An already stacked roster from the Cincinnati Bengals just got even better this offseason. Pro Football Focus ranked its roster in the top 10 of its recent ranking of every NFL team.
Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus ranked every NFL roster and placed the Cincinnati Bengals roster eighth on its roster. That’s high praise for a team that won just four games in 2020, but who can blame them when this team has shown it doesn’t matter? They made it all the way to the Super Bowl last season and were on the verge of winning it all.
In his article, Linsey listed each team’s biggest strength, biggest weakness, and X-factor. His answer to Cincinnati’s greatest strength was obviously the passing game. He offers this analysis:
Throwing to Chase alone in 2021, Burrow completed 15 of 34 attempts thrown from 20+ yards on the field with eight touchdown passes. That connection set NFL defenses on fire the same way it did SEC defenses in 2019.
For greater weakness, Linsey hasn’t taken the same route as most analysts this offseason in saying the cornerback position. Instead, he went with the left guard position, something that hasn’t been discussed as much this offseason.
Jackson Carman is the favorite to win the starting left guard job, but rookie Cordell Volson is a name to watch this summer. Here’s more from Linsey:
Jackson Carman is the favorite to take on the role after scoring 54.2 PFF in 501 offensive snaps as a rookie. Last he saw the field, Carman allowed six quarterback pressures in 20 pass blocking snaps against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. Quality play in this position requires some projection heading into 2022, whether it’s Carman or rookie Cordell Volson.
Finally, Linsey says the X-factor for the Bengals is second-round rookie Cam Taylor-Britt, who will compete with Eli Apple for the starting CB2 job.
Their second-round pick from Nebraska, Cam Taylor-Britt, could push Apple for his starting spot. Taylor-Britt has allowed a sub-80.0 passer rating on shots in his coverage in each of the last three seasons. He could have an impact for Cincinnati as a rookie.
It’s no surprise to see the Bengals so high in the standings given their quality last year and the return of most of that talent. They also improved on the offensive line, which was by far their biggest weakness last year.
The seven teams ahead of them on the list are the Bills, Buccaneers, Chargers, Rams, Packers, Browns and Eagles.