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DUNLAP WATCHING: Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says the compensation for team leader
Lewis is looking at four-year veteran
"We made an investment in his future and our future and some of that return is the maturity in a leader," Lewis said after Friday's practice. "You gain leadership from Robert Geathers's area and you have to gain from a guy who should have soaked it up from a great pro. The leader that Michel Johnson has been. Geno (Atkins) has come forefront. It's unfortunate for Robert. It's the first time in his career he's been in that situation, but we've got to move forward and the other guys have to step up."
The coaches don't hide the fact they try to motivate Dunlap in many ways, but one of those was not continually starting Geathers ahead of him last year.
"No big deal. It doesn't matter who runs out there first," Lewis said. "It's just a matter of assuming the position."
And Lewis likes what he's seen from Dunlap in that department so far.
"I don't say his name nearly as much," Lewis said.
How to compensate for the loss of Geathers's snaps in the rotation is less clear. He only took 14 in Chicago two weeks ago before he left after eight plays Monday night. Lewis says second-rounder
"(Hunt) can (contribute) if we need him to. I'm happy with him," Lewis said. "What he's doing is exactly what I expected. He's very similar to Marvin Jones and those type of guys."
WHIT AND CLAY: Collins (34 percent) and
The 6-3, 255-pound Mathews is a different guy than the 6-7, 320-pound Whitworth usually sees in the AFC North as two Pro Bowlers get ready to duel. Matthews's 17 sacks in his first 20 games is an NFL record and he's kept it going with his 43.5 career sacks total that is fifth in the NFL since he came into the league in 2009.
"He's more speed, effort, a little physicalness to him but not like a big heavy guy," Whitworth said before Friday's practice. "AFC North guys are more like (Paul) Kruger. They could be a D-lineman slash outside backers. He's probably similar to 4-3 speed ends. He's a little different."
Whitworth has a lot of regard for Matthews, as evidenced when he invoked the name of great Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
"He's an athletic guy that runs around and makes plays. He's more like a Troy Polamalu of outside backers," Whitworth said. "He's everywhere. He's a little unpredictable at times because he jumps around. He has his own style."