Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Is Leon Hall healthy and ready to go? This may be the biggest question on the team. Hall says he’s ready, and Friday we’ll find out. If so, the Bengals will be a much better defensive team
Can Nate Clements remain a viable second corner? Considering that the Bengals took a corner with their first pick, probably not. Clements played well in his first year with the team, but the end is near for the veteran. Hopefully, he can keep it together for one more year.
Was the Reggie Nelson of 2011 the real Reggie Nelson? Yes. Nelson was somewhat a bust in Jacksonville but had played extremely well with Cincinnati. I say he’ll get even better.
Is Taylor Mays ready to start at safety? Probably not. Mays was a bust with the 49ers and only played sparingly last year for the Bengals. But, he is listed as the starter and will need to up his game to stay there.
Will Dre Kirkpatrick play a big part this season? Yes. Kirkpatrick is injured and will, in all likelihood, start the season on the PUP list, but by the end of the season, expect him to be on the field in nickel and dime situations.
Does Terence Newman have anything left in the tank? I think he does, although it may not be much. Like Roy Williams before him, Zimmer should be able to wring one good season out of one of his former players with the Cowboys.
What is Jason Allen’s role on the team? Right now, Allen is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart. It’s possible that Allen could even beat Clements out for a starting spot.
What can we expect out of Adam Jones? The former “Pacman” has cleaned up his act and is ready to play. Unfortunately, he’s coming off injury and is third on the depth chart. The end may be near for Jones.
Will either Jeromy Miles or Robert Sands contribute in 2012? Considering how many question marks there are in the secondary, both may play quite a bit. How well they play is yet to be seen.