Cincinnati Bengals’ Jackson Carman was touted to be the starting left guard earlier this summer season, however with two weeks to go till the start of the 2022 season, the tables have dramatically turned.
Challenger Cordell Volson seems to have acquired the starting job after a strong preseason displaying. Carman, nonetheless, struggled inside the preseason opener in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals and by no means regained his footing.
this might mark the second-straight yr that Carman, a 2021 second-spherical choose, was on the quick monitor to develop to be the workforce’s starting left guard however misplaced the job to a particular particular person.
final yr, Carman acquired crushed out by Quinton Spain; this yr, it’s Cordell Volson. Will Carman ever stay as a lot as his potential?
in opposition to this, Zac Taylor praised Volson for his enchancment and “fixed” play this preseason.
The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. made it abundantly clear that Volson emerged as a end result of the workforce’s starting left guard given final week’s adjust to reps:
Cordell Volson acquired the job. There was no rotation over the previous two days. Jackson Carman didn’t rotate by way of as a end result of the overhauled offensive line performed collectively for the foremost time. Nope. Volson stood between Jonah Williams and Ted Karras for every snap when the foremost workforce went out.
Bengals’ Jackson Carman is projected to start out Week 1 of the 2022 season on the bench
That actuality was reiterated inside the Bengals’ final preseason recreation in opposition to the Rams when Carman, not Volson, performed almost all of offensive snaps, suggesting that the workforce was resting Volson for Week 1.
Following an uber-aggressive teaching camp, the one question inside the Bengals’ O-line has lastly been answered: Volson is the left guard, and Carman will as quickly as as quickly as extra function a backup.
the the rest of Cincy’s offensive linemen are strong locks with Jonah Williams at left sort out, Ted Karras at center, Alex Cappa at proper guard, and La’el Collins at proper sort out.
There should be little doubt that this yr’s offensive line is stronger than the final, and seeing the left guard battle resolved (for now) should be a discount to Bengals followers.
2022 will spell one other stint on the bench for Jackson Carman, and whereas the Bengals haven’t completely given up on him but, his streak of inconsistency might flip into an monumental situation and jeopardize his future in Cincinnati.