Like it or not, Russell Bodine is the Bengals’ starting center

  • The Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line has continued to experience more and more criticism, especially with their 11 draft picks, both from fans and the media. While the team did a number of things to improve the roster from the six-win team of 2016, the offensive line still looks like the weakest link on the roster.

    Since his arrival in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, Bodine was easy to pick on with so many other talented veterans flanking him. Now, gans’ favorite whipping boy has been Russell Bodine. Early in his career, in the wake of free agency attrition, Bodine is one of the veterans the team will be highly-dependent upon in 2017.

    With so much talent on the defense and a re-stocking of the offensive skill positions this offseason, Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi are all under intense scrutiny to perform this year. After all, Bodine,Authentic Tony Jefferson Jersey, it’s very possible the Bengals’ quest to get back to the postseason resides in the performance of the offensive line this year.

    on both the Orange and Black Insider podcast and through our regular mailbag posts,Authentic Joe Flaccos Jersey,Recently, questions and comments have largely centered on Bodine (see what I did there?). NFL teams have an opportunity to get some talented veterans on the cheap for rental-like deals during the summer.

    Nick Mangold. Aside from talent,Authentic Justin Tucker Jersey,One of the names that keeps coming up from fans as responses in this regard is former Jets Pro Bowler, there are other aspects that make this potential move logical for the Bengals.

    Mangold is a local guy,womens Eric Weddle Jersey, Ohio and played college ball at Ohio State. He’s likely a Hall of Fame center with seven Pro Bowls to his name,womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey, who is originally from Centerville, while also fitting into the Mike Brown mold of a high-profile name who could be had on a relatively-cheap deal.

    there are reasons why Mangold won’t be an option for the Bengals and why Cincinnati will be sticking with Bodine in 2017,Authentic Shaq Lawson Jersey,However, barring an injury.

    it’s in the reluctance of admitting the team making a mistake with a player. We’re not saying Bodine is a mistake,If there’s one thing that has defined the Brown era, but there have been tangible criticisms in his three years as a starter.,womens Reggie Ragland Jersey

    Regardless, often allowing them to see a contract through when other teams may cut bait. Of course, Brown and Marvin Lewis have been very hesitant to pull the plug on embattled starters and/or projects, this usually coincides with their conservative nature in outside free agency, but it’s almost equally as frustrating as the aforementioned offseason approach when the player isn’t performing up to snuff.,Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey

    he might be if we’ve seen the peak of his pro career so far. Remember,There are many examples of this with the Bengals and while Bodine isn’t in the category yet, Bodine was a guy they made the rare move up for in the draft (just the third time of four in their history) and Paul Alexander likely believes he isn’t done molding the clay.

    How many times have we seen Lewis draft an exciting player, even though it might not mean a whole lot to fans, only to see him miss significant time because of injury? We’ve heard Lewis talk about talk about the important trait of availability and, Bodine provides it.womens Justin Tucker Jersey,

    including the playoffs,Of 50 career games,womens Tony Jefferson Jersey, Bodine has played in and started every one. A big reason the Bengals brought Bodine and his immense upper-body strength was to assist in the running game.womens Shaq Lawson Jersey

    And,womens Joe Flaccos Jersey, the team’s rushing offense, in terms of yards per game,Authentic Eric Weddle Jersey,womens C.J. Mosley Jersey, while there have been inconsistencies in the aspect over the past few seasons, has never ranked lower than 13th. While Bodine has had struggles in the NFL in this aspect,Authentic C.J. Mosley Jersey,he also has been a positive factor as well.

    And, then you love Pro Football Focus’ metrics on player performance. In Sam Monson’s recap on offensive line performances from 2016,Authentic Reggie Ragland Jersey, if you’re an NFL stat geek, he noted an improvement from Bodine, particularly in the run game.