The Cincinnati Bengals came into this offseason knowing they needed to upgrade their offensive line. In an effort to bolster that unit, the front office selected Clemson offensive tackle Jackson Carman in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, Carman’s rookie year with the Bengals started on the wrong foot. It turns out he showed up to training camp out of shape.
“Second-round OL Jackson Carman reported to camp out of shape & didn’t win a starting job,” NFL analyst Evan Silva said. “So Bengals will be running out journeyman types Quinton Spain & Xavier Su’a-Filo at guard.”
This is extremely discouraging news for a team that needs to protect Joe Burrow this season. Cincinnati fans didn’t expect Quinton Spain and Xavier Su’a-Filo to be the starting combination at offensive guard.
Second-round OL Jackson Carman reported to camp out of shape & didn’t win a starting job. So #Bengals will be running out journeyman types Quinton Spain & Xavier Su’a-Filo at guard.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 7, 2021
Carman, a former All-ACC performer at Clemson, was the 46th overall pick in this year’s draft. He has the versatility to play guard and tackle on the offensive line, but it’s concerning that he showed up to camp out of shape.
It’s unclear when Carman will be ready to start for the Bengals. The coaching staff will most likely try their hardest to get him up to speed.
If Carman spends his entire rookie season on the bench, the Bengals’ decision to pass up on the chance to draft Penei Sewell will look even worse.