The offensive line is intact, and has a fair amount of talent, but quarterback Carson Palmer faced more pressure during the ’06 season than most expected he would. The line has shined brightly at times, but other times the unit has under-performed and played poorly. The main concerns on the line are that guard Eric Steinbach has left in free agency and that veteran tackle Willie Anderson is aging, although he should have some gas left in the tank. The unit will need depth and youth as the Bengals prepare for the future.
On the opposite side of the line, Cincinnati will look to bring in an apprentice to veteran defensive tackle Sam Adams. Adams plugs holes and does his job well, for the most part, but the team could use a versatile talent to line-up alongside Bryan Robinson and improve the athleticism of the interior. Essentially, the team could look to add help anywhere on defense, but this area is the one that would, perhaps, benefit the entire unit.
At tight end, Reggie Kelly is a serviceable tight end, and a fair enough blocker, but a receiving option at this spot would help take some attention off of the talented wide receivers that Palmer targets. A mid-round draft pick might be the answer to how the team addresses this need. Adding even more weapons on the offensive side of the ball is never a bad thing.
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