It hasn’t taken long for Xavier Su’a-Filo to assert himself at right guard.

After primarily lining up at left guard in his career, the seventh-year veteran is the presumptive starter at right guard for the Cincinnati Bengals. Su’a-Filo played some right guard in Houston and Dallas, but he spent most of his time at left guard. In Cincinnati, he’s penciled in on the right side.

Cincinnati’s O-line features two new projected starters in left tackle Jonah Williams and Su’a-Filo at right guard. With two new starters joining Jordan, Hopkins and presumably Hart upfront, the Bengals are banking on the unit developing continuity. The Bengals can ill-afford rookie quarterback Joe Burrow routinely running for his life in the backfield and another slow start in the run game. Su’a-Filo and the rest of the offensive line understand that.

“Everything starts up front with the offensive line,” Su’a-Filo. “We have to protect. We have to do our job.”

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