The Cincinnati Bengals The defense wants to be more diverse this year. This means that they form a mix of players who excel in certain schemes, as well as versatile players who can play in multiple schemes.
For the past two years, Defense Coordinator Lou Anamuro has tried to use his defense objectives in a variety of ways. One of them is available Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard Stand on the edge of the defense line, not with your hands in the dirt, but stand up like a flashing linebacker would do in what is known as a two-point stance.
The problem with this is that neither Hubbard nor Dunlap are linebackers. When asked to do so, they did not exactly deceive the opposing crimes they faced. When they took cover, they were liabilities in the passport defense.
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Fast forward to this off-season, and during the free agency, the Bengals signed a defensive ending Trey Hendrickson. He’s a classic 4-3 defensive ending, which means that with his hand on the floor he is the outside pass rusher along the line of defense. That’s a three-point stance. Don’t look for Hendrickson standing up like Dunlap and Hubbard. When he does, you can expect the same overwhelming results.
In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected four defenders. Everyone brings something different to the table.
First, there is a third place Joseph Ossai. While playing in Texas, Ossai played the final defensive position, outer linebacker, and middle linebacker. It fits perfectly with the external linebacker in a 3-4 scheme or as a defensive end or the SAM LB (Strongside Linebacker) in a 4-3. If he were to position himself in a two-point stance like Hubbard and Dunlap, it could create confusion about the offense, which would happen in a way the latter did not.
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Selection of the fourth round Cameron ‘Cam’ rehearsal is just as versatile as Ossai. He considers its versatility to be its best trait mentioned a number of times his press conference after the draft.
At Tulane, Sample began his career as a defender and then moved outside. As a defensive end, he was able to storm out of two- and three-point positions. The ability to switch from a DT to a 3-4 OLB is as versatile as a man.
Wyatt Hubert, the election of the Bengals in the seventh round from the US state of Kansas, is used to playing in different schemes and in different positions. He had 20 career bags in three years while lining up on a 4-3 scheme with defensive tackle and defensive end, defensive end and external linebacker on a 3-4 scheme within the same year. How he was used at Kansas State should herald how Anarumo will play defense this season.
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Finally we have Tyler Shelvin, the selection of the fourth round from the LSU. He’s the least versatile of the bunch when it comes to draft picks. At six feet two and 350 pounds, he’s what DJ Reader is, a large immovable object in the middle of a line of defense.
While Reader is faster in his game, Shelvin consistently commanded double teams in the running game. If the two were on the field at the same time, it would set Cincy’s linebackers free in both run defense and blitz situations. While Shevin himself may not be that versatile, he is a pawn that allows Anarumo to do some interesting things around him.
Finally, it’s important not to forget the players who are already on the roster. For example, if all the parts are moving, it could lead someone like Germaine Pratt to do what they do best.
The Bengals used him as a pass defender, especially in nickel situations. Now he could go back to doing what let him out of NC state and be a great option to bring in the lightning and play well against the barrel.
This additional multi-faceted approach could also unlock Akeem Davis-Gaither, who was an attack machine in the Appalachian State. Similar to Pratt, Davis-Gaither played strongly against the barrel and was able to rush the passerby.
The Bengals and Anarumo have given us some insight into how he plans to run his defense. It was clear that he just didn’t have the kind of staff he needed. Now, after this draft, the plan has become clearer. Hopefully this will work out in all the ways he envisioned. If so, look to the Bengals defense to make a big jump from the bottom of the league to the top half.