The Bengals top priority this offseason is to remake their porous offensive line, which likely means that right tackle Jake Fisher is “far from a lock” to start in 2018 and the team may not pick up fifth-year option for left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi according to Paul Dehner and Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Fisher spent the second half of the 2017 season on the non-football injury list with an irregular heartbeat and there is no guarantee he will be able to participate in OTAs. Even before going down, however, the 24-year-old was losing snaps to Andre Smith. a second-round pick out of Oregon in 2015, the Bengals need Fisher to improve dramatically under new offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
As for Ogbuehi, who was the Bengals’ first-round pick the same year as they chose Fisher, he has been a big disappointment since taking over the starting left tackle position in 2016. The 25-year-old has allowed 16 sacks in the last two seasons and graded out near the bottom of the OT Pro Football Focus rankings. The Bengals need to be aggressive in upgrading from Ogbuehi if they want any chance to return to the playoffs in 2018.
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