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Cincinnati Bengals Offseason Team Needs:

Coach Marvin Lewis and Company have a few holes to plug and they should be instantly be contenders in the AFC North in 2017

2017 proved to be an awkward season for the Cincinnati Bengals. They regressed mightily from their 12-4 finish in the season prior and missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Coach Lewis has a tough task at hand. His name is constantly rumored to be on the hot seat but the Bengals’ brass seems to love him. We’ll see just how far that loyalty will be tested if they have another meltdown like in 2016.

The Bengals lost their defensive backs coach Vance Johnson, who later became the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who later became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Cincinnati also lost wide receivers Mohammad Sanu (Atlanta Falcons), Marvin Jones (Detriot Lions), cornerback Leon Hall (New York Giants), and Reggie Nelson (Oakland Raiders).

The Center position is an area for upgrading, as quarterback Andy Dalton has been hit a lot within the last two years. LSU’s Ethan Pocic and Ohio State’s Pat Elfein make alot of sense for the Bengals, as they’ve added Jake Fisher (2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Oregon) and guard Christian Westerman (5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Arizona State). A general is needed at the center position to set the protection for Andy to continue to be successful going forward.

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University of Tennessee‘s Derek Barnett is the popular pick for the Bengals in the first round, as they hold the 9th overall pick . He broke the Tennessee record for most sacks, formerly held by Reggie White (33 sacks). He could instantly fill in as a rotational guy who could eventually take over for Michael Johnson, who’s contract will be up at the end of 2018 (signed a 4 year, $20 Million deal in March of 2015).

Adding another running back could be a key cog in their future success. There’s rumblings that Jeremy Hill will be relegated to goal line duty in 2017 and adding a running back would be like adding a tool to the tool shed. San Diego State’s Donnell Pumphery or University of Pittsburgh’s James Connor would be great, under-the-radar moves that can pay dividends for a team looking to distance themselves from the rest of the AFC North pack.