Wraith Posted May 2, 2016 Report Share Posted May 2, 2016 Barring Injury (which we know will happen but it is impossible to predict) this should be the opening day 53 man roster. IMHO there are very few if any decisions to make here. QB: Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron - no questions here right? RB: Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, Rex Burkhead, Cedric Peerman - Again this is locked in stone unless something unforeseen happens. FB: Ryan Hewitt - Nobody else on the roster TE: Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, CJ Uzomah - I think they saw enough of Kroft and Uzomah last year to say they have cemented a spot. The lack of draft selections would seem to indicate this. WR: AJ Green, Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd, Cody Core, Mario Alford, and James Wright - The only question is Alford, Wright, and Tate pick two of three. I cannot see them waiving young guys like Alford and Wright for Tate but injuries will likely dictate their choices here. OT: Andrew Whitworth, Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Eric Winston - Again this is a no brainer. OG: Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler, Christian Westerman - With Winston and Whitworth able to play Guard as well as TJ Johnson they can afford to go with three guys here, they almost have to, to make the roster balanced. C: Russell Bodine, TJ Johnson - Lock with Johnson's ability to flex into both Guard spots as needed. DT: Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Marcus Hardison, DeShawn Williams, Andrew Billings, Brandon Thompson - It comes down to Thompson and Sims and my bet is they take the younger guy although Sims outplayed Thompson last year. Coaches have really talked up Williams, barring injury he makes the team IMHO. DE: Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, Will Clarke, Margus Hunt - Really thin group will need some attention next year, Hardison being able to flex between DE and DT helps. Wouldn't surprise me if they bring in someone to challenge Hunt off the waiver wire. OLB: Vontaze Burfict, Karlos Dansby, PJ Dawson, Nick Vigil ILB: Rey Maualuga, Vinny Rey - LBers are again pretty well slotted unless Dawson flames out. S: George Iloka, Shawn Williams, Derron Smith , Clinton Fejedelem - Shaw's ability to flex helps out here. CB: Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick, William Jackson III, Adam Jones, Josh Shaw - The best 5 guys no doubt about it IMHO. There it is 25 Offense and 25 Defense with three special teamers and not a lot of wiggle room. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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