Saturday, March 12, 2005

Hard Truth


There's a hole in the secondary at strong safety and the club needs a rugged enforcer to fill the void. Rogers Beckett's future is in doubt because of the series of concussions he endured in 2004. Kim Herring battled ankle problems and struggled staying healthy. He's a steady, reliable big hitter that's needed to shore up the run defense. The AFC North is loaded with big backs such as Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis, Baltimore's Jamal Lewis and Cleveland's Lee Suggs. The Bengals need the kind of strong safety who can cover, but most importantly, hold up as an eighth defender "in the box" near the line of scrimmage and get those big backs on the ground. That's why the club is drooling over Georgia SS Thomas Davis. He's an aggressive defender and nasty hitter who won't allow yards after contact.

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