Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart

  • HC: Zac Taylor
  • OC: Brian Callahan
  • DC: Lou Anarumo
  • ST: Darrin Simmons
Updated: 01/31/2023 9:29PM ET
Pos No. Player 1 No Player 2 No Player 3 No Player 4 No Player 5
Offense
OFF          
LWR1Chase, Ja'Marr 21/117Morgan, Stanley CF19
RWR85Higgins, Tee 20/211Taylor, Trent U/SF
SWR83Boyd, Tyler 16/216Irwin, Trenton SF19
LT73Williams, Jonah 19/179Carman, Jackson 21/2
LG67Volson, Cordell 22/4
C64Karras, Ted U/NE63Hill, Trey 21/662Brown, Ben CF22
RG65Cappa, Alex U/TB74Scharping, Max W/Hou
RT71Collins, La'el CC/Dal77Adeniji, Hakeem 20/670Smith, D'Ante 21/4
TE88Hurst, Hayden U/Atl84Wilcox, Mitchell CF2086Asiasi, Devin W/NE89Sample, Drew 19/2
QB9Burrow, Joe 20/18ALLEN, BRANDON SF20
RB28Mixon, Joe 17/234Perine, Samaje W/Mia32Williams, Trayveon 19/625Evans, Chris 21/636Holyfield, Elijah SF21
Defense
DEF          
LDE94Hubbard, Sam 18/396Sample, Cam 21/493Gunter, Jeff 22/7
NT98Reader, DJ U/Hou68Tupou, Josh CF1797Tufele, Jay W/Jax
DT92Hill, B.J. T/NYG95Carter, Zach 22/3
RDE91Hendrickson, Trey U/NO58Ossai, Joseph 21/3
WLB55Wilson, Logan 20/351Bailey, Markus 20/749Bachie, Joe W/Phi
MLB57Pratt, Germaine 19/359Davis-Gaither, Akeem 20/444Johnston, Clay W/Car
LCB22Awuzie, Chidobe U/Dal33Flowers, Tre W/Sea42George, Allan CF22
SS24Bell, Vonn U/NO26Anderson, Tycen 22/531THOMAS, MICHAEL SF21
FS30Bates III, Jessie 18/223Hill, Dax 22/140Wilson, Brandon 17/6
RCB20Apple, Eli SF2129Taylor-Britt, Cam 22/200Lammons, Chris W/KC
NB21Hilton, Mike U/Pit35Davis, Jalen SF20
Special Teams
ST          
PT4Chrisman, Drue CF21
PK2McPherson, Evan 21/5
LS48Adomitis, Cal CF2246HARRIS, CLARK SF09
H4Chrisman, Drue CF21
KO2McPherson, Evan 21/5
PR11Taylor, Trent U/SF83Boyd, Tyler 16/2
KR32Williams, Trayveon 19/625Evans, Chris 21/611Taylor, Trent U/SF
Reserves
RES          
FUT69Johnson III, Raymond DE6Browning, Jake QB76Cochran, Devin OT90Carney, Owen DE82Bowers, Nick TE
FUT72Davis, Domenique DT87Hudson, Tanner TE47Jones, Keandre LB66Gilliam, Nate OG37Corker, Yusuf S
FUT18Lassiter II, Kwamie WR39Tell III, Marvell CB

Team Needs

1. Tight End
2. Offensive Line
3. Safety

The missing component to the team’s passing game is at tight end. Hayden Hurst will likely be the second starter in as many years to leave town in free agency and they don’t have much of a succession plan in place.

Top FA: S Jessie Bates III, LB Germaine Pratt, RB Samaje Perine

Check out our initial TE review here: https://youtu.be/eO4QxdWnmGM

Depth Chart Fantasy Impact

The Bengals keep the skill positions mostly intact from an offense that broke through in 2021. Cincinnati followed 4 straight years at 26th or worse in yardage by ranking 13th last season. The team finished 7th in scoring after slotting 29th and 30th the 2 years prior.

Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd return to lead the WR corps. There’s minimal change even among their backups, with former 7th-round pick Auden Tate the most notable departure.

QB Joe Burrow made it through a full season and the playoffs after tearing 2 knee ligaments in November of his rookie season. A lot will ride on him remaining healthy. Cincinnati continues to employ Brandon Allen – 56.2% completions and 6.1 yards per attempt through 3 years – as the backup.

The Bengals let lead TE C.J. Uzomah walk for a 3-year deal with the Jets in free agency. But they replaced him with Hayden Hurst on a 1-year contract. Hurst posted 3-year lows in receptions and receiving yards with Kyle Pitts joining him in Atlanta last season. He has also seen his yards per catch decline for 3 consecutive years. Hurst will already be 29 at the start of his 5th NFL campaign.

Cincinnati made its most significant changes on the offensive line. The Bengals improved their run-blocking vs. 2020 by Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus metrics last season. But the pass-blocking declined from an already-weak level. So the team imported former Cowboys RT La’el Collins and former Buccaneers RG Alex Cappa in free agency to further shore up the blocking.

In the backfield, 2nd-year RB Chris Evans could push Samaje Perine for the No. 2 role behind Joe Mixon. The starter saw his receiving role increase late last regular season and through the playoffs, but we’ll see whether that carries over into 2022.

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