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— Bobby Hart tops the Bengals‘ initial depth chart as the starting right tackle http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/kevin-king-jersey ,
but it’s more of a first draft than a final report.
No part of the team will be under closer scrutiny than the offensive line when Cincinnati hosts the Bears on Thursday.
The line became the offseason priority after the Bengals (7-9) finished last in the NFL on offense for the first time in franchise history. The line
was the biggest problem, creating few holes for running backs and giving Andy Dalton little time to throw.
Two weeks of training camp started sorting it out, with Hart listed as a starter for the moment. That could change quickly with a bad performance,
dropping someone to the second unit.
“There is not a ‘first’ offensive line,” coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday.
Hart was the first move in changing the line. The Bengals signed him Feb. 14 as a free agent from the Giants, where he started 21 games at tackle over
the past three seasons. He’s competing with Cedric Ogbuehi at the spot.
Ogbuehi was a first-round pick in 2015 when he was recovering from a torn ACL. He started 12 games in 2016 at right tackle and 13 last season at left
tackle, but struggled at both spots. His competition with Hart at right tackle will come down to how they perform in the preseason games.
Hart’s experience helped him get the early edge.
“He’s got the experience and the chip on his shoulder,” Lewis said. “He’s a guy battling for a job, battling to be a starter. He’s still a
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One of Cincinnati’s biggest moves in the offseason was trading first-round draft slots with Buffalo to obtain left tackle Cordy Glenn . He’s
backed up by Jake Fisher, a second-round pick in 2015 who started seven games at right tackle last season before a heart condition required a
Left guard Clint Boling is the main holdover on the line, entering his eighth season — the past six as a starter. Trey Hopkins returns at right
tackle, where he started the last 11 games last season.
The Bengals’ other big move to upgrade the line came in the draft. They took Ohio State center Billy Price in the first round and installed him as
the starter. He had some problems with snaps early in camp.
“Billy still has to go out there and earn the job,” Lewis said. “We are giving him the first crack at it.”
The coaches would like to have the competition sort out so they can get their starters enough playing time together during the preseason.
“That area has to play as one,” said Duke Tobin, director of player personnel. “You can’t have five individuals up there. There’s still a
lot of work to find out who that five are going to be and get them playing as one unit.”
DARK CLOUD OVERHEAD: A downpour 45 minutes into practice forced drenched players to head for cover at Paul Brown Stadium. Practice resumed about an
hour later in a steady rain. The Bengals are the only northern NFL franchise without their own covered practice field.
NO BURFICT: Lewis said Vontaze Burfict won’t play Thursday. The linebacker wasn’t cleared to practice until Monday because of a hamstring problem.
Burfict is suspended for the first four games of the season because he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.
WHAT ABOUT EIFERT?: Lewis declined to say whether tight end Tyler Eifert will play against the Bears. He was held out of the start of camp as he
recovers from chronic back problems that limited him to two games last season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After losing two games to start the postseason, the Washington Capitals stand on the brink of completing a comeback and advancing
to the next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
A 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday in Washington gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and put them one win from closing out the
Columbus Blue Jackets.
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“It’s a big win moving forward,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said after the fourth overtime game in the series. “We still have one more
game. (We have to) just play our game. It’s simple but it’s hard. They’re not going to give us an easy one. It’s going to be
The Capitals keep finding ways to win. Their latest victory came on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom, his second of the game, on a redirection of a shot by
Dmitry Orlov at 11:53 of overtime after Washington was outshot 16-1 in the third period.
“We know (in a) best out of seven series we need to be a little better if we’re going to win it,” Backstrom said. “I honestly thought we got a
little lucky. But we’ll take it.
“We need be a little more aggressive. We need to be better with the puck.”
The bounces had gone the Blue Jackets’ way in their two overtime wins to start the series, but little has gone right for them since then.
The Blue Jackets were beaten in double overtime in Game 3 at home, struggled in Game 4, also at their own rink, and then played possibly their best
game of the series on Saturday but weren’t rewarded.
With the Blue Jackets in a must-win predicament, they expect to put forth their best effort on Monday. Coach John Tortorella was confident enough to
say after the latest loss in Washington http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-thomas-rawls-jersey , “I won’t have to say a dang word to them. We’ll be back
here for Game 7.”
Ovechkin made a similar prediction after Washington dropped the first two games in the series, saying the team would win the next two in Columbus. The
Capitals did just that.
Washington coach Barry Trotz understands that Tortorella is trying to motivate his team with a bold prediction.
“Well, what else are you going to say?” Trotz said. “That’s good. He wants to get it out there (that) he believes in his team, just as I
believe in my team. So it’s our job for that not to happen, and we’re going to try to do that.”
Can the Blue Jackets deliver for Tortorella and the Columbus fans, who have yet to see the franchise win a playoff series since its inaugural season
“Our backs are against the wall, right?” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. “If you can’t play your best game come Monday, then that’s
disappointing. I don’t have any worries at all about our group going into Monday. If we have the same effort, the same mentality that we did
(Saturday), we should be just fine.”
Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert Fozzy
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“I can’t wait to get back in front of fans,” he said. “I think we really owe them one. It’s a great barn. It’s going to be tough for them
to come in. We’re excited about it.
“We’ve got an epic game at home to tie this up. … We want to have a dominant effort at home and get back to Washington.”
Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said, “It’s do or die. Desperation level is at an all-time high. We feel confident going on our home ice.”
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby withstood the Blue Jackets’ third-period attack, finishing with 39 saves and giving Washington a chance to come away
with a win in overtime. He expects another nail-biter in the highly competitive matchup between the Metropolitan Division teams.
Washington is 7-8 all time in games when it has a 3-2 series lead.
“It’s going to best game yet of the series,”Holtby said. “Both teams are not giving an inch, fighting for every little inch out there. We know
they’re going to come out hard for Game 6.”
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