Bengals Announce Michael Jordan As Starting Left Guard, Billy Price to Serve Backup Role Along Offensive Line

By 11W Staff on August 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Two former Buckeyes are suiting up along the offensive line in Cincinnati. On Sunday, new Bengals' head coach Zac Taylor unveiled his starters for the week-one matchup against the Seahawks. It was a nice bit of good news for rookie Michael Jordan, but former first-rounder Billy Price will now be serving in a backup role.

Jordan left Columbus after his junior season and was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 Draft. He's been impressive so far in the preseason and will now settle in at the left guard slot. Jordan started his Ohio State career at guard before transitioning over to center. His father is originally from Cincinnati. 

It's been a tough road for Billy Price after being selected No. 21 overall back in 2018. He suffered a pectoral injury at the NFL combine but the Bengals kept the faith on Draft day. As a rookie he started the first two games at center before missing the next six contests with a foot injury. Price returned in Week 10 and started the rest of the season. 

The Bengals have taken a number of hits to an offensive line that's been considered one of the worst in the league. First-round pick Jonah Williams was in line for a starting role before suffering a shoulder injury that will sideline him for the 2019 season. Price is now expected to serve in a backup role, but his versatility is something that should certainly work in his favor. 

The Cincinnati Bengals open the season at Seattle on Sept. 8.

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