Bengals' projected starting lineup

The AFC North blog will project the starting lineups for every team in the division this week as training camps kick into full gear.



QB Andy Dalton: There are questions whether he's a franchise quarterback, but there's no question about his hold on the starting job, especially when the backups are Josh Johnson and John Skelton.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: He's still the starter this year despite the Bengals drafting Giovani Bernard in the second round.

FB John Conner or Orson Charles: With Chris Pressley on PUP, the starting job is up in the air between Conner and Charles, who has played surprisingly well in converting from a tight end.

WR A.J. Green: He's clearly the best receiver in the division and you could make the case for Green being the best receiver in the AFC.

WR Mohamed Sanu: The 2012 third-round draft pick was improving every week before a season-ending foot injury.

TE Jermaine Gresham: It wasn't a vote of confidence when the Bengals drafted Tyler Eifert in the first round, but Gresham had career highs in catches and receiving yards last season.

LT Andrew Whitworth: Second-best left tackle in the division, behind Cleveland's Joe Thomas.

LG Clint Boling: His progression last season allowed the Bengals to part ways with Travelle Wharton.

C Kyle Cook: Currently has the edge over Trevor Robinson but the competition is far from over.

RG Kevin Zeitler: First-round pick from last season looks like a future Pro Bowl lineman.

RT Andre Smith: Skipping all of the offseason camps didn't endear him to the Bengals but he appears to be in excellent shape.


LDE Carlos Dunlap: Bengals hope Dunlap reaches his potential after signing him to a six-year, $40 million contract.

NT Domata Peko: Led defensive line in tackles for fourth time in five seasons.

RDT Geno Atkins: Topped all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season and enters a contract year.

RDE Michael Johnson: Franchise player had a career-high 11.5 sacks last season but could be playing his final season in Cincinnati.

SLB James Harrison: His toughness and leadership will be invaluable to the Bengals.

MLB Rey Maualuga: Bengals showed their faith in him by re-signing Maualuga and keeping him at middle linebacker.

WLB Vontaze Burfict: Undrafted rookie was biggest surprise on the team last season, leading the Bengals in tackles.

LCB Terence Newman: Re-signed with the Bengals in the offseason after leading the team with 14 passes defensed.

SS Shawn Williams: Rookie third-round pick hasn't won the job but he's been impressive early in camp.

FS Reggie Nelson: Has recorded seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and one touchdown in his past two seasons.

RCB Leon Hall: One of the most underrated corners in the league looked healthy and confident by the end of last season.