Coaches do not ever voluntarily give out competitive information and coach Marc Trestman is holding off on officially letting the Cincinnati Bengals whom and how much they’ll see at certain positions – starting middle linebacker, starting nickel wide receiver -- to begin Sunday’s game.
“I'm not ready to make a commitment there to who will be the first linebacker, or the first third wide receiver to go out on the field,” Trestman said mid-Friday after a lighter indoor practice.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett has been the No. 3 receiver in the offense but is coming off a concussion and Trestman was not committing to Bennett being the first receiver brought off the bench when the Bears went to a nickel package.
If not Bennett, Joe Anderson has gotten extensive work in preseason and projects to join Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall in three-wides.
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“I don't know how much, but he'll play and certainly continue to play more as he works himself into things,” Trestman said. “But how much he plays will just be relative to how he feels out there and what his conditioning level is. He's very confident he can go the distance. We'll watch him closely and see.”
D.J. Williams is the anticipated starter at middle linebacker but rookie Jon Bostic is expected to move into the job he held throughout preseason at least on spot duty. Williams was down with a calf injury that obviously severely cut into conditioning work and the amount of running the Bengals subject him to will be a factor.
“I don't know if we'll know until we see whether or not he can take a significant amount of action,” Trestman said. “I don't know whether he will or not. We'll see how things go on Sunday.
“How much he'll play I think will be relative to game-like conditions where it's physical out there and we're running sideline to sideline.”