The Bengals enter the off-season with many question marks in the offensive line.
Will they improve the right point of attack? What are they going to do on guard?
The center could also be a necessity after Trey Hopkins suffered a torn ACL in the Bengals season finale against Baltimore.
The 28-year-old is unlikely to be ready for the 2021 season to start. If he’s not, Billy Price is hoping for another chance.
The Bengals brought back offensive coach Frank Pollack in January. He helped design Price in 2018 and is on good terms with the former Ohio State star.
Price has only made nine starts without Pollack in the past two seasons, after making ten starts [with Pollack] as a rookie in 2018.
He’s had a ton of problems, but he believes that reuniting with Pollack and improving his game this off-season could boost his NFL career.
“I have to do the appropriate work. The foundation stone may be laid, but it is time to move on now.” Price told Dan Hoard on the Bengals Booth podcast. “It’s time to do these things and be the persistent piece, and that’s how you attack that in the future.
“To be the anchor I was designed for and the person to be the enduring piece … It’s to show up on day one and be who I was that Frank (Pollack) designed.”
Pollack believed in Price when the Bengals took him in 2018 with their 21st overall win.
He had small improvements in 2020 but didn’t get consistent playing time. The price also moved from center to guard and back. He should be able to focus on focus while Hopkins recovers from the knee injury.
“I’m looking forward to working with Billy and working with all of the guys.” Pollack said last month. “My job is to get every ounce of talent and skill out of all these people, and Billy is no exception. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the group.”
This is Price’s last chance to show the Bengals that he can be an offensive lineman with starting caliber in the NFL. They’ll turn down his option for the fifth year later this off-season, which means 2021 will be about showing Cincinnati and the rest of the NFL that he can be a valuable piece in the trenches.
Listen to Hoard’s entire conversation with Price.
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