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Author: Jon Kuzma
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For the first time in 16 years Marvin Lewis won’t be the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. That’s definitely a hurdle for this franchise because they’re in uncharted territory. Although you have to like what new coach Zac Taylor has done up to this point. Taylor’s first draft stands out because they made their offense much more physical.
Jonah Williams should start in week one and that’s going to make Andy Dalton and Joe Mixon’s jobs much easier. Williams can contain opposing pass rushers and that will give Dalton more time in the pocket. Plus the former Alabama standout played for Nick Saban and you know that he’ll bring the right attitude and mentality to Southern Ohio. The Bengals also picked Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson in the 6th round. Anderson battled some injuries during his time with the Sooners and that’s why he slipped in the draft. However when the 22 year old is healthy very few teams can stop him. Two years ago Anderson rushed for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns so it’s obvious that he can make an impact when he’s in the lineup. Between Mixon and Anderson Cincinnati will have a one-two punch that can wear teams down in the second half. Having a solid running game will also allow Taylor to call more playaction passes and their offense should be more explosive because of that. It’s not easy to recruit free agents to organizations like Cincinnati, Arizona, or Detroit but if the Bengals keep building things up then sooner or later players will be more optimistic about joining this ball club. It’s been a good start for a new regime and that’s all you can hope for after Taylor got hired. From here it’s about going out and exceeding expectations in the AFC North.
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Joe Mixon and Rodney Anderson will have Jonah Wiliams opening up holes for them. Cincy should be physical on offense and their draft picks prove that.