Biggest Question Mark: Cedric Benson
Has he finally developed into a franchise running back? He looked like it at times last season, but remained inconsistent. He rushed for over 100 yards in five of Cincy’s last six home games in 2009. But rushed for over 100 yards on the road just twice all season. That type of inconsistency can’t continue if the Bengals are to become a contender in the AFC.
Position Battle to Watch: Wide Receiver
Chad Ochocinco remains productive and he isn’t in danger of losing his starting role. However, he could lose the role of No. 1 receiver now that Antonio Bryant is in the fold. Due primarily to attitude problems Bryant has bounced around the league and Cincinnati is the latest team to give him a try. Aside from some locker room issues, he’s been productive throughout his career and is probably a more reliable receiver than Ochcocinco at this point in his career.
Impact Rookie: Jermaine Gresham
Gresham could be the piece of the puzzle that puts the Bengals over the top. They haven’t received any meaningful production from the tight end position throughout Carson Palmer’s time in Cincinnati and this new weapon could make their offense among the AFC’s elite.