Cedric Ogbuehi feels confident and ready, after MMA training. Marvin Lewis and Bengals brass did their homework on Joe Mixon.
If you follow the Cincinnati Bengals (who doesn’t?), you’ve probably had night terrors about the O-line. For those of you who need a Cliff’s Notes refresher, here’s a short version of the deal. Andrew Whitworth got a payday from the Los Angeles Rams and Kevin Zeitler was swooned by Hue Jackson. Man, Zeitler left when I was finally spelling his name right.
The Bengals had a panic attack and re-signed Andre Smith from the Vikings. With Big Whit gone, Cedric Ogbuehi is the incumbent at the position and Smith is an experiment in the making. But, most fans are still remembering how Cedric allowed Andy Dalton to be tossed like a Raggedy Andy doll. Not a good look.
During the offseason, Ogbuehi decided to get real. The talk was getting heated and this had to be the year he shines. Along with the pressure of getting back to the playoffs, the Bengals also have to prove they’re right about Ogbuehi.
There’s usually a nagging injury keeping Ogbuehi out of practices. But, this offseason has been a productive and healthy experience for the third-year tackle.
“It’s the first time that I got to slow it down and learn my techniques,” Ogbuehi offered, via Bengals.com. “I’ve noticed the difference. I’m a different player, and I’m a more confident player.”
Being confident and stopping a defensive player hunting for Dalton’s head are two different things. But, at this point, fans and Bengals brass have to go with the flow. Hopefully, the MMA training with Whitworth will pay off…
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