Originally posted on WhoDeyFans  |  Last updated 5/18/12

Thanks to everyone who has voiced their opinions about how you think the Bengals’ roster will shape up over the coming months. The great thing about discussions like this is that anything can still happen for the guys we like, and we can all learn something from each other, so keep those comments coming.

While I am not as secure with the backfield as I would like to be, I think the 2012 defense will be improved from the previous year’s model: better horsepower, quicker acceleration and improved traction. The defense will continue to be the better unit, although the offense should close the gap a bit.

OFFENSIVE ROSTER PROJECTION Pos Starter Backup Practice Squad Miss The Team CB1 Leon Hall Nate Clements Brandon Ghee Terence Newman, Reuben Haley CB2 Dre Kirkpatrick Shaun Prater CB3 Jason Allen Adam Jones FS Reggie Nelson Jeromy Miles Tony Dye Robert Sands, Patrick McClellan SS Taylor Mays George Iloka OLB1 Manny Lawson Dontay Moch Vincent Rey Dan Skuta, Emmanuel Lamur, Micah Johnson, Grant Hunter, Brandon Joiner ILB Rey Maualuga Vontaze Burfict OLB2 Thomas Howard Roddrick Muckelroy DeQuin Evans DE1 Carlos Dunlap Robert Geathers Derrick Harvey DE2 Michael Johnson Jamaal Anderson DT1 Domata Peko Devon Still DT2 Geno Atkins Pat Sims
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The picks at linebacker are by far the toughest. Putting a guy with the experience of Skuta on the street in favor of of Burfict is crazy on one level. But unless Burfict implodes during camp, I really think Marvin wants him, and he might not clear waivers to be signed to the practice squad. Knowing if Moch’s migraine issues have cleared up would also be helpful, as the Bengals carrying him through another season with that problem is doubtful.

Also, does anyone agree with the rumors that Nate Clements is at risk of being cut because of age and salary? I do not, but I would love to hear an argument from the other side.

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