Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 8/20/14 12:01am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: The second-round draft pick has shown some productive flashes with 11 touches for 65 yards this preseason, but things are far from settled in the Cincy backfield with incumbents Giovanni Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman all still in the mix for touches as well. See how Hill's week goes and if he's able to give it a go in Cincy's third preseason tilt Sunday night in Arizona.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 8/20/14 6:01pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict agreed to a multi-year contract extension Wednesday, Aug. 20. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The undrafted LB and 2013 NFL total tackles leader (177) certainly is worthy.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 8/12/14 4:24pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu has been impressive this preseason, and he can be used as a receiver, rusher or even occasional quarterback. Sanu has picked up the slack in the passing game in the absence of WR Marvin Jones (foot).
Huddle Up: Sanu started 14 games a year ago and nearly tripled his rookie-season reception total (16 to 47), but that only netted him 10 more fantasy points (48 to 58) with only one double-digit-point game, thanks largely to a passing TD. In short, Sanu may be more versatile than Jones, but he's not in his same fantasy class.
Jason Campbell - QBPosted 8/12/14 10:22pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Jason Campbell (arm) was in street clothes watching practice Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Andy Dalton's backup might miss the team's second preseason game, leaving the reserve QB duties to Matt Scott and newly signed Tyler Wilson. Meanwhile, fifth-round pick A.J. McCarron remains on the PUP list with a shoulder issue, and it's unlikely he's going to see the field any time soon.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 8/11/14 8:38pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks because of his broken left foot, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Not good news for the Bengals or the immediate fantasy value of Andy Dalton as Jones was penciled in as the starter opposite A.J. Green. Mohamed Sanu or Dane Sanzenbacher are the likely candidates to step in for Jones, but neither is his fantasy equal.
Jason Campbell - QBPosted 8/8/14 3:58pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Jason Campbell suffered an arm injury in the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, and is scheduled to undergo tests Friday.
Huddle Up: Fifth-round draft pick A.J. McCarron and vomiting sensation Matt Scott are the other QBs on the depth chart so Cincy might be inclined to add a veteran QB is Campbell's injury turns out to be serious.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 8/5/14 11:18am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green was texted by head coach Marvin Lewis over the weekend to have Green's agent initiate contract extension talks.
Huddle Up: The Bengals just locked up Andy Dalton; makes sense to lock up his top target as well.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 8/4/14 2:36pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has agreed to a six-year, $115 million extension with the team. The league hasn't received the paperwork for the deal yet, but it is expected to be finalized Monday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: The contract is mostly front-loaded, with Dalton earning $17 million guaranteed and a chance to earn $19 million more through escalators. Dalton is now one of the Top 10 highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL but still only a QB2 for fantasy purposes.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - RBPosted 8/2/14 12:59pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is listed as the No. 2 running back on the team's first depth chart. He is listed behind RB Giovani Bernard but in front of RB Jeremy Hill.
Huddle Up: This is likely to change as training camp and preseason moves on. Hill is expected to take over as the Bengals' power back and see his share of goal line carries this season. The rookie has much more upside than the plodding Green-Ellis. Hill currently has an intriguing ADP of late Round 9, while Green-Ellis isn't worth drafting in most formats. It would be a surprise if Hill isn't the Bengals' No. 2 RB when the season starts.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 8/1/14 11:17am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is generating strong buzz in camp, which could lead to more time in the slot and more catches this season if things work out.
Huddle Up: Sanu projects to be a complementary part of the Bengals' receiver rotation, but if he plays well he could push the currently-sidelined Marvin Jones for wingman duties alongside AJ Green.
Geno Atkins - DTPosted 7/30/14 2:14pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) will participate in practice Wednesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Good to see the big fella back in action after he was activated from the PUP list earlier Wednesday. Atkins leads all NFL DTs with 29 sacks over the past 4 seasons.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/24/14 11:53pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert said the shoulder injury he had during the offseason workouts has completely healed.
Huddle Up: The second-year TE will be getting first-team reps early in camp with Jermaine Gresham on the PUP list as he looks to build on his 39-445-2 rookie season.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 7/22/14 1:12pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle), QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder) and CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) have been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
Huddle Up: According to reports, including one on Pro Football Talk, Jones' injury is a minor one sustained working out with Andy Dalton in a post-OTA passing camp. Jones is sure to elicit varied fantasy opinions this summer as he's coming off a 51-712-10 season but 14-207-6 came in just two games.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 7/20/14 1:58am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) could sit out practice early in training camp, because he is recovering from offseason hernia surgery.
Huddle Up: Less Gresham means more work for Tyler Eifert, who may very well run away and hide with the Bengals' regular tight end gig while Gresham is recovering.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 7/16/14 7:19pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to be utilized early and often in 2014. One beat writer expects 230 carries and 70 receptions.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners wouldn't mind seeing Gio get 300 touches this season, a reasonable workload that shouldn't overly tax the smaller-in-stature Bernard. The key will be if Jeremy Hill (or Rex Burkhead, or BenJarvus Green-Ellis) plays well enough to earn a chunk of carries that will keep Gio fresh without compromising the Bengals' offensive success.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 7/13/14 3:57pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he wants to help QB Andy Dalton improve his play this upcoming season. 'We are tethered together. And I'll jump off a building with this guy,' Jackson said, 'because I believe in the things he's trying to accomplish with his career, and I think I can help him.'
Huddle Up: Look for the Bengals to offer immediate help by calling more running plays. Dalton aired it out a career-high 586 times last season -- ranking eighth in the league -- but look for that number to drop with a running game featuring Giovanni Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Elllis and second-round pick Jeremy Hill.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - RBPosted 7/9/14 9:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead could compete for one roster spot if the team keeps four running backs on the final roster. RBs Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman appear to be locks for the roster.
Huddle Up: Further indication that the Bengals' backfield will be heavy on Gio with the rookie Hill likely swiping BJGE's between-the-tackles workload.
James Wilder Jr. - RBPosted 6/30/14 12:25am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB James Wilder Jr. appears to be a long shot to make the final roster, but the team likely would want him on their practice squad.
Huddle Up: Even with veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis in danger of being left off the roster after the Bengals spent a second-round pick on Jeremy Hill, the rookie free-agent Wilder doesn't belong anywhere near any super-deep sleeper lists until further notice.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 6/26/14 8:17pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson believes the Bengals will sign QB Andy Dalton to an extension before the start of the season.
Huddle Up: If Dalton does get an extension offer, look for the guarantees to be few and definitely expect the team to have an early out if the QB can't show more consistency and get the Bengals over the postseason hump.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 6/22/14 7:49pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu could receive the bulk of snaps in the slot this upcoming season. Nearly half of Sanu's catches in 2013 came when he was the slot receiver.
Huddle Up: Sanu will see more time inside with Andrew Hawkins now gone, and he's a decent bet to finish with the second-most receptions on the squad (behind A.J. Green) after nearly tripling his rookie reception total (16) with 47 last season.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 6/11/14 12:46am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) is recovering from offseason hernia surgery, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates Tuesday, June 10. The time frame for his return is still unclear.
Huddle Up: With 3 months still remaining before the games that count, Gresham should be good to go as he tries to improve on his worst season (46-458-4) as a pro.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 6/4/14 12:40am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TEs Jermaine Gresham (undisclosed) and Tyler Eifert (shoulder) are both dealing with injuries, but head coach Marvin Lewis expects both to be ready for training camp. Gresham has been on the premises rehabbing, and Eifert's injury isn't considered serious and is unrelated to the stinger which limited him in last season's playoff game.
Huddle Up: Gresham and Eifert combined for 85 catches, 903 yards and 6 TD grabs last season, and should post similar or better numbers this fall with Cincy still lacking an every-game No. 2 WR opposite stud A.J. Green. The problem, fantasy-wise, is that the workload will again probably be split nearly down the middle, keeping both values in the middling range.
Geno Atkins - DTPosted 6/1/14 12:43am ET
The Cincinnati Bengals remain hopeful DT Geno Atkins (knee) will be ready for the start of the regular season, but there is plenty of uncertainty. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If he is unable to start the season, DTs Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are candidates to start at nose tackle to begin the year.
Huddle Up: Temper your optimism for the availability of one of the game's top defensive tackles, with obvious repercussions in IDP and team defense fantasy leagues. Plenty of time for Atkins to get back on the field, however, before real concern starts to set in
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/27/14 9:01pm ET
The Cincinnati Bengals like the way RB Jeremy Hill ran against eight- and nine-man boxes in college. He'll complement Giovani Bernard in that regard.
Huddle Up: Hill, the second RB off the board in this year's draft, is expected to take over BenJarvus Green-Ellis' No. 2 RB role and, if so, would be in line for the majority of the goal-line carries.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 5/22/14 11:01pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Kyle Caskey indicated the team would like to get RB Giovani Bernard more involved in the passing game this upcoming season. 'We want to do more with him because he can do that,' Caskey said. 'It's not just put him in the slot. We want him everywhere on the field. Make people guess where's he at. You have to make a decision to either play the run or play the pass. What do you do when he's on the field? He's a lot like [Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush] where you have to be aware at all times.'
Huddle Up: Bernard was targeted 71 times and did have 56 receptions as a rookie, which ranked 8th among all NFL RBs last season. Count on him being one of the top backs off the board in most PPR leagues this summer.
Matt Scott - QBPosted 5/16/14 6:04pm ET
The Cincinnati Bengals claimed QB Matt Scott (Jaguars) off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, May 16.
Huddle Up: The Bengals continue to look for backup plans to Andy Dalton, though Scott is hardly expected to be anything but a clipboard holder in Cincy this year.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - RBPosted 5/11/14 11:33pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot could be in jeopardy after the team selected RB Jeremy Hill during the draft. The team would save $2.5 million in salary cap space if they release Green-Ellis.
Huddle Up: BJGE's rushing attempts, rushing yards, yard-per-carry and total touches all took sizable dips last season with rookie Giovanni Bernard coming aboard, and now the addition of Hill, the second-round pick out of LSU, could close the door on the Law Firm's 2-year run in Cincy.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 5/11/14 11:33pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will remain the starter, despite a fifth-round selection of Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, according to Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. 'This pick is not about Andy Dalton,' Jackson noted.
Huddle Up: If Cincy wanted to seriously push Dalton, they would've drafted a QB a lot earlier than Round 5, but make no mistake, this is a crucial year for the fourth-year QB to show better consistency and clear the postseason roadblock given his 0-3 playoff record as a starter.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 4/22/14 3:39pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton said his agent has talked with the team about a contract extension but no deal is imminent at this point.
Huddle Up: Suffice it to say this coming season is a prove-it or lose-it year for Dalton, who is in the final season of his 4-year, $5.2 million rookie-year deal.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 4/22/14 3:57pm ET
The Cincinnati Bengals are talking with LB Vontaze Burfict about a contract extension. He's set to make $570,000 in 2014.
Huddle Up: With Burfict ranking as one of 4 NFL players with at least 300 total tackles over the past 2 seasons combined, it's easy to forget he entered the league as a college free agent two years ago. Look for the LB to get an extension and a sizable bump in pay.
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