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    ESPN lowers the hammer on Bengals again

    1:29 pm, Aug 24, 2011 | Written by jreedy |

    The Bengals have hit the trifecta when it comes to being hammered by ESPN.

    In June, ESPN The Magazine ranked the Bengals as the worst professional franchise of the four major sports in North America. Two weeks ago, ESPN’s NFL writers had them last in their preseason rankings. And today, in Scouts Inc.’s rankings of the Top 200 Players, the Bengals have an NFL low one player as left tackle Andrew Whitworth comes in at No. 85.

    Scouts Inc. likes Whitworth’s size, strength and toughness along with his ability to gain leverage. Among tackles, Whitworth is tied for eighth in the league and is sixth in the AFC. Cleveland’s Joe Thomas was tops, grading at a 91.

    Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington took awhile before they had their first player crack the Top 200 but the Seahawks and Redskins had four and the Bucs three. The rankings are also based on evaluations of game films from the past couple seasons, meaning rookies are not applicable.

    It also appears from the Top 200 that the cutoff on grades is 79. Carson Palmer graded at a 78, meaning that had he returned not even Palmer would have cracked the Top 200. Among quarterbacks, Palmer was ranked 15th.

    Scouts Inc. grades the Top 10 Bengals as follows: Whitworth (82), OG Bobbie Williams (78), DE Carlos Dunlap (78), Palmer (78), CB Leon Hall (78), LB Keith Rivers (76), LB Manny Lawson (76), CB Nate Clements (76), LB Rey Maualuga (76) and RB Cedric Benson (75).

    Former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph came in at number 149 with a grade of 80 and S Donte Whitner was number 117 with a grade of 82. Also of note, S Taylor Mays graded at a 66.

    According to Scouts Inc.’s grading key, 89-80 grades out as an outstanding player with 79-70 being a good starter and 69-60 being average starter.

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    Default Re: ESPN lowers the hammer on Bengals again

    No news there about the Bengals.

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