Bengals' preseason starting lineup

This is the depth chart on the Bengals’ official release for their preseason opener:


WR Brandon Tate

LT Andrew Whitworth

LG Travelle Wharton

C Kyle Cook

RG Kevin Zeitler

RT Andre Smith

TE Jermaine Gresham

WR A.J. Green

QB Andy Dalton

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

FB Chris Pressley

Stat to remember: Dalton was the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw 20 or more TD passes while starting eight or more wins.

Best battle: The No. 2 wide receiver job is up for grabs. Tate has the early edge but he’ll have to hold off Armon Binns and Mohamed Sanu.

Injury watch: Slot receiver Jordan Shipley doesn't seem to be running up to full speed after last season's ACL injury and has been running with the second team.


DE Carlos Dunlap

NT Domata Peko

DT Geno Atkins

DE Michael Johnson

OLB Manny Lawson

MLB Rey Maualuga

OLB Thomas Howard

LCB Nate Clements

RCB Leon Hall

SS Taylor Mays

FS Reggie Nelson

Stat to remember: Atkins tied last year for the NFL sacks lead among interior linemen with 7.5. He also led the Bengals in sacks and was second on the line in tackles (68).

Best battle: Mays is the favorite to win the strong safety job that became open when the Bengals released Chris Crocker. But Jeromy Miles knows the defense as well and George Iloka is a promising fifth-round rookie.

Injury watch: It seems like every cornerback is coming off an injury or dealing with one: Hall (Achilles), Clements (abdominal strain), Adam Jones (hamstring), Brandon Ghee (wrist), Dre Kirkpatrick (leg) and Shaun Prater (knee).