The Bengals may be down two starting wide receivers without A.J. Green and John Ross, but for at least their announced starting lineup Sunday against the Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium they were sticking to their base group of three wide receivers.
Auden Tate moved from the Z spot to Ross' X spot and Alex Erickson moved up the depth chart to make his seventh NFL start and first this season in Tate's spot. Tyler Boyd remained in the slot.
The Bengals opted to dress eight defensive linemen with swing man Andrew Brown getting the nod over rookie nose tackle Renell Wren. They again went with five linebackers in making running back Trayveon Williams and cornerback Greg Mabin inactive. Joining Green (ankle), Wren, Mabin and Williams on the inactive list were third quarterback Jake Dolegala, left tackle Cordy Glenn (concussion) and defensive lineman Kerry Wynn (concussion).
The plans were to make Erickson quite busy. He'll get a good dose of snaps at receiver and it's also expected he'll return most of the kicks and punts.