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Williams' steadiness key for Bengals

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By Mike Wilkening

With the re-signing of ORG Bobbie Williams, the Bengals retain the most experienced member of their offensive line, as well as one of their most dependable. They also keep the interior of the offensive line, which quietly played well last season, intact. "It is invaluable to have somebody you can count on to be on the field every day at practice and on Sundays, and giving you great effort and production," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said of the 33-year-old Williams, who has missed just three games in six seasons with Cincinnati. Williams' presence should help young ORT Andre Smith as he steps into the starting lineup full-time. The Bengals have a pair of capable options at left guard, with Nate Livings and Evan Mathis both logging starts last season and expected to compete for the starting job in 2010. But at right guard, the Bengals have been able to solely rely on the 6-4, 345-pound Williams since 2004.


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