Originally Posted by bucksfan2
The Bengals MO recently has been to draft a position of need in the 1st and then draft an abundance of DL men.
If it were up to me the 1st pick would be used to draft the BPA on defense. I would like to see Vaccaro in that spot but would be ok with a guy like Ogletree. I want someone in the back 7 who can make a play.
A couple of things the Bengals have done this off season have me thinking why? Resigning Gathers didn't make any sense to me. Bringing back B. Scott doesn't as well. And how Tate has a spot on a 54 man roster is beyond me. The Bengals could use help at RB, and a returner if Adam Jones is expected to play more corner this season. Gathers has had a productive career but is a little long in the tooth. To compound everything right now they need a RT. If Andre isn't signed then they will need to spend a draft pick on something they could have had in place.
Scott signed a 1 year deal. If they were being honest with you, they probably look at his deal as a bit of insurance on training camp injuries with a guy who knows the position. We all assume they'll take a running back early in the draft, they've got BJGE in the fold, Peerman is back and Boom Heron is an option. Scott could be looking at a roster spot battle w/ Herron for the third RB behind BJGE, draftee and Peerman (FB).
I see Tate in a similar role, though w/ far less certaintity on the roster. He signed a 1 year deal, and there is likely no garuntee that makes the roster next season.
Gathers could be seen in a similar light, but as a guy w/ some versatility to fill in at DE or DT. D-linemen are often banged up, depth at his spot is needed.
At some point in preseason, all teams are going to need depth, due to injury. I presume its easier to fill in the depth w/ guys that have been around, know the system and are predictable in their dedication.