This is the depth chart on the Bengals’ official release for their preseason opener:
WR Brandon Tate
RT Andre Smith
WR A.J. Green
QB Andy Dalton
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.
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.
NT Domata Peko
DT Geno Atkins
OLB Manny Lawson
MLB Rey Maualuga
OLB Thomas Howard
LCB Nate Clements
RCB Leon Hall
SS Taylor Mays
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).