Bengals safety Shawn Williams was ejected from Sunday’s victory over the Colts after drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on a scrambling Andrew Luck.Luck was in the grasp of another Bengals defender and had been brought down when Williams delivered his hit. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Williams “just can鈥檛” make a hit like that Giovani Bernard Jersey
, but Williams said he was unclear about how to handle the play in any other manner.Williams claimed he didn’t know if Luck was going to try to run him over, which is a bit hard to believe given he was on his way down before Williams began to deliver a blow, and said he doesn’t “know what else I鈥檓 supposed to do.”鈥淚f you guys have any suggestions on what I can do to not get a flag and still do my job, then let me know,” Williams said, via Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “…聽All the onus is on me to understand. I don’t know if they want you to know what Andrew Luck is going to do. I don’t know what he’s going to do.聽If it was up to me he should slide and give himself up earlier http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-josh-malone-jersey
, but he didn’t.”Williams’ feeling wasn’t shared by officials, Lewis or Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. He said he hasn’t heard anything from the league office about a possible suspension, which may be less likely than a fine given Williams was already ejected from a game due to the hit.Peter King has high expectations for the Bengals — especially Geno Atkins — in 2018 The national media has not been kind to the Bengals this offseason; predicting Cincinnati finishes even worse than last year’s 7-9 showing. Some are even predicting the Cleveland Browns to finish ahead of the Bengals. With the clear improvements the Bengals have made this offseason it is ludicrous to think that they would do worse than last season without a major injury.Peter King of NBC Sports sees things a bit differently than most for the Bengals and discusses his view on the Bengals as a part of his 2018 NFL season predictions. Defensive Player of the YearAaron Donald may be the biggest name among interior defensive linemen in the NFL, but King predicts that Geno Atkins will be the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. King points to Atkins’ supporting cast on the defensive line (specifically mentioning Carlos Dunalp and Andrew Billings, but oddly enough not Carl Lawson) as a reason why he will have a better season than other contenders like Donald and now Bears defender Khalil Mack. If Atkins is able to achieve this feat it will certainly mean good things for the Bengals defense and team overall.Division ChampsKing predicts that the Bengals will ride Atkins’ stellar season and their strong defense to an AFC North championship. With the Pittsburgh Steelers looking for answers in the secondary, the door is open for the Bengals or Baltimore Ravens to make a run. The Bengals excellent pass rush and shutdown No. 1 cornerback William Jackson will certainly go a long way. King predicts the Bengals win the division and earn the fourth playoff seed in the AFC Tyler Boyd Jersey
, finishing just ahead of the Steelers who earn the top wild card spot.Coach of the Year ContenderKing predicts that Doug Pederson will win coach of the year, but lists Marvin Lewis as one of the top contenders. If the Bengals are able to get back into the playoffs after a two year drought, Lewis could warrant attention for the award. As King mentions, the defense looks to be impressive and if the Bengals can run the ball behind this offensive line, the offense could be lights out as well. The Bengals are not a team without flaws, but with all of the offseason improvements they have made and the talent that they have built up over the last several years Carl Lawson Jersey
, there is reason for optimism in Cincinnati. The Bengals look to be strong defensively and have an excellent passing game on offense. If they can run the ball effectively and matchup with backs in pass coverage, the sky is the limit for this team.