Collectively as a unit, the Bengals offensive line is arguably one of the best run blocking lines in the NFL. They are a rugged, fierce, tough and well coached unit. As the team tries to get a more vertical passing game, will the line be able to offer Palmer the time to stand in the pocket and effectively deliver the football? The line allowed just 29 sacks last season. With Marvin Lewis running the ball so much, and the passing game being so conservative, that number could be a bit misconstrued. There’s no sexy names on the line, most of them are the most common names in the world, but they simply get the job done.
LT- Andrew Whitworth
Whitworth has settled in at the starting left tackle slot after being shuffled around from guard and tackle his 1st 3 seasons. He’s a better run blocker than pass protector, although he did allow just 1.5 sacks last season. Whitworth is very strong and a reliable player within the scheme.
LG- Nate Livings
Livings co-started with Evan Mathis all season long. Livings started 9 of the 16 regular season games. He’s a solid run-blocker.
C- Kyle Cook
Cook played well in his 1st season as a starter in Cincinnati. He’s an upgrade over Eric Ghiaciuc, who had started the previous 3 seasons at center for the Bengals.
Cook has good size for the position. He played physical and showed the leadership needed at the center position.
RG- Bobbie Williams
Williams enters his 7th season with the team. He is undoubtedly the team’s best run blocker. Even with the losses of 2 tight ends in training camp and question marks at right tackle, Williams still played very well.
RT- Andre Smith
Last season, Smith held out until just before the start of the regular season. Then he broke his foot. It really limited his progress. He did play in the last 6 contests of the season.
Smith has huge upside being the 6th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He’s rather athletic for a tackle. Like everyone else on the line, he excells in the run game, but he’s improving his pass protection.
Backup G- Evan Mathis
Mathis was the co-starter at left guard with Livings. He started 7 regular season games at left guard.
Backup T- Anthony Collins
He’s shown flashes, but he’s never put it all together.
Backup T- Dennis Roland
He started some games in Smith’s absence at right tackle. He struggled in pass protection allowing 6 sacks.
(To see where I ranked all the Cincinnati Bengals offensive linemen, click the links below)
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Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!