5 questions for the Arizona Cardinals-Cincinnati Bengals matchup
How has the new offensive line for the Bengals done so far in camp? Will the Bengals offensive line beat out the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive line?
The advantage likely goes to the Cardinals’ D-line in this one, but primarily because the Bengals don’t have their free agent signees healthy. The Bengals dished out a ton of money in free agency to sign RG Alex Cappa, C Ted Karras, and RT La’El Collins, but Cappa and Collins have struggled with injury thus far.
Collins has yet to take a snap for the Bengals due to a back injury, and Cappa has only been back for a few practices. To make matters worse, Collins’ backup, OT D’Ante Smith, went down last week with a back injury of his own (although it looked like a leg injury, Zac Taylor has characterized it as a back issue).
Super Bowl starter Isaiah Prince is one of the only healthy bodies they have at right tackle. You’re also probably going to see a healthy dose of former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Lamont Gaillard on Friday, as he has been getting practice reps at multiple positions.
And getting beaten at multiple positions. It seems like several of the DL highlights have come at Gaillard’s expense. They also will want to get a long look at former Georgia Tech OT Devin Cochrane and Ole Miss G/C Ben Brown to see if they’re viable candidates for the practice squad.
The only true “starter” who may get extended action on the offensive line is last year’s second-round pick, Jackson Carman, who is still trying to lock down the left guard job, with a meager challenge from fourth-round pick Cordell Volson. Reports on Carman out of camp have generally been positive; he’s apparently slimmed down and seems more focused.