One of the biggest questions chasing the Cincinnati Bengals into Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers is whether the new-look offensive line will hold up right from the start.
And within that question is the most notable — how will fourth-round rookie Cordell Volson perform in his debut?
After besting second-round product Jackson Carman for the job, Volson’s won the confidence of important names around him on the roster.
“Obviously he’s earned our trust and the trust of the organization,” center Ted Karras said, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
“He has kind of a quick baptism going against Cam Heyward here.
I think he’s very much up the challenge.”
How about somebody who lines up against Volson on a daily basis?
D.J. Reader, one of the NFL’s best interior defensive linemen outright, had a noteworthy quote when asked about the rookie.
“He’s bigger than most guards. He’s got long arms. He’s going be a good player,” Reader says. He goes hard.
It’s quite a bit of praise for Volson, whose first day on the job when the games matter will be dealing with one of the NFL’s best in Cam Heyward.