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Losing Andrew Whitworth was a <a href="">Tyler Higbee Youth Jersey</a> huge blow for the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line. The three-time Pro Bowler held down a left tackle position that was one of the only bright spots on the offensive line in 2016. Unfortunately, he made the decision to sign with the Los Angeles Rams this offseason, leaving the Bengals with a substantial issue in finding his replacement.


However, Whitworth’s eventual <a href="">AJ McCarron Youth Jersey</a> departure was exactly why the Bengals selected Cedric Ogbuehi with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He <a href="">William Perry Authentic Jersey</a> was essentially brought in as an insurance policy at left tackle for the aging Whitworth. The Bengals knew Whitworth wasn’t going to be around forever, so bringing in a young player who could fill the role made sense. His development so far has been slow, but he feels there’s no doubt left tackle is the position he is the most comfortable in and the Bengals plan to play him there in 2017.

“It’s exciting, it’s fun playing left tackle,” Ogbuehi said in an interview with “It’s the place I love to be, I’m excited to go out there and just play.”

That said, being excited to <a href=""></a>

take over at starting left tackle and being ready to do it are two entirely different things. The Bengals attempted to throw <a href=""></a>

Ogbuehi in as the starting right tackle in 2016 and the results were abysmal. Even he will admit he still has plenty to work on.

“We all can get better at everything,” Ogbuehi said. ”Me - technique, footwork, just really everything.”

Granted, if left tackle is truly Ogbuehi’s best position, throwing him in at right tackle may have been an experiment doomed to fail in the <a href=""></a> first place. It is difficult to force a player to make such a stark positional change that involves switching his technique to the other side of his body, then putting him up against some of the best edge rushers in the NFL. Luckily, he is staying positive about his continued development and certai