In a recent film breakdown, Brian Baldinger shared why Adeniji has been such an upgrade:
“He’s got excellent feet. When you watch him in all these games…here he is getting movement. Movment, great feet….I think that Hakeem Adeniji has found his spot at right guard.”
Bengals coaches were huge on Adeniji, a sixth-round pick in 2020 who probably would have started the year at guard if he had been healthy.
Adeniji’s breakout is good news, although it does muddy the long-term outlook. He’s got experience at right tackle too, but why move him out of a spot he’s playing so well at? And Carman, a second-rounder this year, is better at guard than tackle, too.
That’s getting ahead of things, of course. For now, the Bengals are thrilled to have a former weakness become a strength mid-season, which has also helped improve the play of someone like Hopkins at center.
.@Keem78theGreat has been the new right guard over the past few weeks and the OL has never looked better. Seemed to be a missing piece up front. Frank Pollack doing a masterful job with this group. Keep the train on the tracks. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/hnWcuswdKs
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) December 1, 2021