Ever since Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth left the Bengals the offensive line for Cincinnati has been a bit of an Achilles’ heel. When the Bengals drafted John Ross I felt they should have drafted O.J. Howard instead because of his blocking ability. He could have helped masked some of the issues the offensive line had with their blocking. Fast Forward to 2019 and with the 11th overall pick, the Bengals select offensive tackle Jonah Williams out of Alabama. Unfortunately, that Achilles’ heel has a torn labrum that requires shoulder surgery and Williams is likely to miss his rookie season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 25, 2019
The team did announce on Tuesday that Williams surgery was a success and should make a full recovery, it just won’t be in time for this season. The Bengals are likely to move Cordy Glenn back to left tackle, he has been playing guard this offseason with Williams pegged as the left tackle starter.
Head Coach Zac Taylor said after the team announced Williams injury, "We're confident in our offensive line personnel as we head into training camp, and we believe they can do their part in helping this team achieve its goals."
Whenever you are taken in the draft as high as Williams the team always has big plans in store. It’s a shame the Bengals and Williams will have to delay those plans for another year. Hopefully, Zac Taylor can scheme up so quick throws for Andy Dalton and the offense. Getting the ball out quickly will help mask some of the holes still on the offensive line until the Bengals get their number one pick in the lineup.
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