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Why The Bengals Should Re-Sign Quinton Spain

Quinton Spain spent all last season with the Cincinnati Bengals and was one of the team’s more consistent and solid offensive linemen. Not to mention the bond he created within the locker room. With the Bengals’ current Left Guard struggles, it makes too much sense to re-sign Spain and let him get a crack at the spot once again.

The Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line has been filled with flaws throughout training camp and early on in the preseason. Mainly because of the current left guard situation.

Jackson Carman has been extremely underwhelming, and the anticipation was that he would take a step forward in year two and secure that starting job. Now there is a real possibility that rookie Cordell Volson out duels him for the spot.

Nonetheless, Volson may not even be ready to be a full-time starter, but Jack on Carman and D’Ante Smith simply isn’t living up to expectations and are just playing downright poor at the moment.

Also, injuries and the lack of consistency during practices, precisely 11 on 11s, are starting to become a little wary. La’el Collins has not seen many reps, and Cappa recently returned from the PUP list. As mentioned above, the biggest concern is Jackson Carman. He recently was diagnosed with COVID-19, which will now more than likely hold him out of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, which is a very important game for these young offensive linemen.

Volson will most likely draw the start, but if he struggles against 1st teamers, then it could be time to for the Bengals to give Quinton Spain a call. Cincinnati knows what it gets with Spain. He was a very solid starter for the team the last two seasons and is a fan favorite, along with being a great locker room teammate. Right now, it seems Spain could quickly come into camp and outplay all the competition for this job.

He appeared in 995 total snaps last season and only allowed a total of 5 sacks which ranked 11th in the NFL. He also only committed four penalties, tied for 36th in the league. Spain is a quality offensive lineman, and his numbers show that. His Pro Football Focus overall grade last season was 72.3, which is well above average and shows what he can do. Pair him with a consistent and much better offensive line, and I think you could see his numbers expand and get better.

This move doesn’t just make sense to sign him and start him; it could very well be a tool to motivate Carman, Volson, and Smith and put some much-needed pressure on them to perform better. Spain would add depth to this line regardless of whether he is starting at guard.

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