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Film Room: Russell Bodine continues to get pushed around and lose leverage

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To be fair to Bodine his first three preseason games have been against the Chiefs, Jets and Cardinals. The Chiefs and Jets easily have Top-10 defensive lines, while the Cards will still have a top-15 line, even without Dockett.

Offensive line play is all about leverage. How well you can get the guy your blocking to go where you want him to go is the real key to being a good lineman.

On the other side, how well a defensive lineman is at stopping this and getting where he wants to go is just as important to the defense. So far this preseason, it's the defensive lineman who have been winning the leverage battle with Bengals rookie center Russell Bodine.

Against the Cardinals, who just lost Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, Bodine continued to struggle, particularly in run blocking.

On this play, he gets beat by Calais Campbell and is forced to hold Campbell to keep him from blowing up the running back.

On this play, Dan Williams simply waits for the play to develop, then disposes of Bodine to get the tackle.

Campbell abuses on Bodine on this play by bulldozing him into the backfield to collapse that side's running lane for Giovani Bernard.

In general, any type of downfield-blocking is a struggle for Bodine, highlighted by this screen pass.

To be fair to Bodine his first three preseason games have been against the Chiefs, Jets and Cardinals. The Chiefs and Jets easily have Top-10 defensive lines, while the Cards will still have a top-15 line, even without Dockett.

Lets see how well Bodine does this week against a very poor Colts defensive line that, from top to bottom, isn't very good outside of Arthur Jones, who may be resting anyhow after being injured last week. They finished 26th in run defense last year.

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