Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 6/26/15 3:30pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is in the mix to start opposite WR A.J. Green, but with WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) healthy Sanu will have plenty of competition.
Huddle Up: With Jones sidelined all of last season, Sanu caught a career-high 56 passes for 790 yards and five TDs and even added a passing TD for the second time in three seasons. In 2013, though, Jones topped Sanu in all the major pass-catching statistical categories even though the latter had 14 starts to Jones' three. It will definitely be a training-camp battle to monitor.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 6/26/15 3:30pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his knee and is viewed as a question mark heading into training camp.
Huddle Up: After leading the league with 177 total tackles in 2013, Burfict had only 29 as he was limited to five games last season with the knee and also concussion issues. Microfracture never is a promising word, and don't be surprised if he's on the preseason PUP list and misses some time to start the regular season as well.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 6/23/15 2:19am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) was brought along slowly this spring, but he caught virtually everything thrown his way in open practices. Eifert looked sharp running routes.
Huddle Up: Eifert was poised for big things prior to last year's injury, and now he won't have to worry about sharing snaps with Jermaine Gresham. If he makes it to the start of the season with his health intact, he could be a serious fantasy contributor.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 6/23/15 3:31pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) said he is happy with how he performed during offseason workouts. 'I'm rolling. I don't think that's ever going to change. But it feels good just to track those deep balls and go and just - boom! - go. I'm happy and I'm proud of myself for just pushing through this situation,' Jones said. Jones showed quick feet and steady hands during the workouts.
Huddle Up: Youth is still very much on Jones' side as the wideout is entering his fourth season as a pro. He figures to battle Mohamed Sanu for the No. 2 WR job/pass-catcher with the second-most team targets behind A.J. Green.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/29/15 8:00pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said he expects to share carries with RB Giovani Bernard this upcoming season. 'Obviously there's going to be a balanced attack,' Hill said. 'I don't think he's got to wear either one of us out, so that way we can make it through all 16 games for a playoff push.'
Huddle Up: Last year, the rookie Hill received 222 rushes and 249 total touches to Bernard's 168 and 211, respectively, and a good deal of that gap can be chalked up to Bernard missing three games. So, in essence, it projects to be a fairly even split again, but both backs are still usable as a low-end RB1 (Hill) and a high-end RB3 (Bernard).
A.J. Green - WRPosted 5/26/15 5:13pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green would like to sign a contract extension with the Bengals and the team would like to sign him to an extension. Green currently has a fifth-year option worth $10.2 million, which would make him the largest cap hit on this season's team. With next season's strong class of free-agent wide receivers, whichever one signs first, is likely to be surpassed by the rest.
Huddle Up: That group of pending free-agent elite WRs -- which also includes current franchise players Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant -- has created a logjam, and agents and teams alike are waiting to see which wideout signs first and sets the market.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 5/24/15 10:34pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict's (knee) status for the start of training camp is uncertain at this point. Burfict hopes to be ready for camp and does not want to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: The 2013 NFL tackles leader (177 total) was limited to 29 in five games last season due to knee and concussion issues and his status heading into the summer is obviously a major question mark after undergoing microfracture surgery in January. The Bengals, though, have a decent backup plan in place after having drafted TCU's Paul Dawson in the third round. Stay tuned ...
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 5/22/15 4:07pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) should be able to participate in offseason workouts that start next week.
Huddle Up: Jones, who missed the entire 2014 season after a 51-712-10 2013 campaign, will be trying to regain the No. 2 WR gig opposite A.J. Green, and we'll keep an eye on his progress.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 5/12/15 2:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), who spent almost all of his rookie season in 2014 on the non-football injury list with a shoulder injury from college, plans to push QB Andy Dalton hard for the starting job in training camp this summer. 'Andy's our starter. I know that. I love Andy to death. But I want to make him better every way that I can,' McCarron said. The coaches said McCarron looks to be throwing pain-free this offseason. He spent the offseason training with quarterbacks coaches David Morris and Tom House, and House changed some of McCarron's mechanics to help him throw tighter with more compact body control.
Huddle Up: There's more competition up and down the Cincy QB depth chart with Terrelle Pryor recently joining McCarron, Dalton and Josh Johnson but realistically it's going to take a near-full meltdown or an injury to knock Dalton out of the starting spot.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/6/15 12:14am ET
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder, elbow) has been cleared from his dislocated elbow but is awaiting clearance on his shoulder. He said he lost 15 pounds but has packed on some of that back to 250 and is working on bulking up. He's expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Cincy spent a third-round pick on Tyler Kroft and fifth-rounder on blocking-oriented CJ Uzomah, but the Bengals are certainly counting on having a healthy Eifert, who played in only one game last season.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 4/21/15 5:03pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he's not in a hurry to get a new deal done, even though he's in the final year of his current contract. 'I'll just focus on football, and everything else will take care of itself.'
Huddle Up: Hampered by a toe injury, Green missed three games last season and finished with a career-low 1,041 receiving yards and six TDs while placing 21st among all fantasy wideouts (140 points). He then missed Cincy's wild-card playoff loss with a concussion. If he can avoid similar maladies, look for a bounce-back season and a return to WR1 status in 2015 -- new contract or not.
Jason Campbell - QBPosted 4/12/15 4:01pm ET
Free-agent QB Jason Campbell (Bengals) is considering retirement, according to sources close to the team. Campbell has rejected multiple opportunities to sign a contract for 2015, including offers from the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: That would leave either A.J. McCarron or Josh Johnson as the Bengals' No. 2 QB at the moment and set up a scenario where Cincy might look to use a mid- or late-round draft pick on a QB in the coming draft.
Cedric Peerman - RBPosted 4/9/15 11:00pm ET
Free-agent RB Cedric Peerman (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, April 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Peerman was re-signed after the Eagles showed some interest, but with Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard locked in atop the depth chart the fantasy implications are almost nil as Peerman has had all of 77 offensive touches in five seasons in Cincy.
Brandon Tate - WRPosted 4/2/15 12:25pm ET
Free-agent WR Brandon Tate (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: No real fantasy worth here as Tate is a kick- and punt-return specialist who has caught all of 31 passes in three seasons in Cincy.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 3/25/15 12:07am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will not have competition at the quarterback position heading into the 2015 season, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. 'We feel Andy Dalton's our quarterback, yes we do,' Lewis said. 'It's a different era than when Steve and Joe were there (in San Francisco).' Lewis said that the team is committed to Dalton long term after just signing him to an extension.
Huddle Up: It's nothing that hasn't been said over the last two offseasons, but 2015 might finally be the sink-or-swim season for both Dalton and Lewis in Cincy, which has now gone a quarter-century without a playoff win.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 3/19/15 12:26am ET
Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (back) has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back, according to a source. He will undergo surgery Thursday, March 19.
Huddle Up: It will be tough for Gresham to find a new team while recovering from back surgery. Look for him to get a test drive closer to the start of training camp.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 2/20/15 10:13pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton and the passing game must improve, but offensive coordinator Hue Jackson took some of the blame for Dalton's struggles in 2014. 'I'll be the first to tell all of you that I don't think I did a good enough job of getting him to where I think he needs to be,' Jackson said. 'That's one of my biggest responsibilities in my mind this upcoming year. He played well at times. There were times where there was inconsistency, and I've got to get him over that hump.' Jackson knows Dalton must cut down on his turnovers, and the infusion of healthy receivers next year should help.
Huddle Up: Yeah, inconsistency is still a problem with Dalton, but thanks largely to his battered pass-catching corps last season, Dalton threw for a career-low 19 TD passes and matched his career low with 3,398 passing yards. Even if does show some regular-season statistical improvement, though, his future in Cincy likely depends on if he's able to get the Bengals over the playoff hump.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 2/8/15 4:27pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) plans to be ready to go when team workouts commence in April. 'I've been surprised at the progress I've made in only going on my second week training and at the rate I'm going I'm sure I will be in game shape very soon,' Jones said.
Huddle Up: Jones will be only 25 in March and didn't play at all last year following his break-out 51-712-10 season in 2013. Keep his name handy when looking for late-round WR value in drafts this summer.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 2/8/15 5:02pm ET
Impending free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham is unlikely to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to several league sources.
Huddle Up: Gresham was second on the team last season with 62 receptions, but it appears the Bengals will be banking on TE Tyler Eifert, who missed 2014 with a dislocated elbow, FB/TE Ryan Hewitt and possibly a draft/free-agency addition rather than re-up with with their 2010 first-round pick
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 1/30/15 10:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) is progressing, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Eifert recently said he didn't think he'd be 100 percent by the time minicamp starts.
Huddle Up: After missing what would've been his second season with a dislocated elbow, Eifert should be fully healthy by the time training camp rolls around. Meanwhile, it'll be interesting to see if the Bengals re-sign impending free agent TE Jermaine Gresham.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 1/29/15 4:03pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, a soon-to-be free agent, still has a place within the offense, according to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. 'We have a way that we do things, and how we want to accomplish things,' Jackson said. 'Within what we asked him to do this year, he did some good things. There are some things he knows he needs to do to be better, and he will work at them to be better.'
Huddle Up: Gresham hasn't quite lived up to his 2010 first-round draft status, but he's had a solid career and shouldn't break the bank to re-sign. Gresham had 62 receptions last season -- the second-highest single-season total of his career -- but averaged a career-low 7.4 yards per catch. Keep in mind, though, that fellow TE Tyler Eifert missed the season with a dislocated elbow and should be back for 2015.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 1/29/15 10:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones is progressing well, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jones is recovering from a broken foot he suffered this season.
Huddle Up: Don't forget about Jones late in drafts next summer as the WR sat out the entire 2014 season after breaking out with 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 TDs a year earlier.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 1/26/15 3:54pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon who operated on him is hoping that he will be at full strength in time for training camp. 'I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was,' Dr. Neal ElAttrache said. 'Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out.' Burfict is expected to heal rapidly since his knee was in good shape structurally. He'll be on crutches for six weeks before he can start conditioning his knee, and he'll be able to run after three months.
Huddle Up: Microfracture surgery isn't necessarily the career-ender it used to be, but it's also no picnic; Burfict has a lot of work ahead of him, but all indications are this is an injury he can come all the way back from--in advance of the 2015 season, no less.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 1/22/15 3:47pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict has had knee surgery, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed. While there has been concern Burfict might have to begin the 2015 season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list and miss the first six weeks, Lewis said the plan is he'll be back for the majority of the season.
Huddle Up: Burfict, the 2013 league leader in total tackles, was limited to five games this past season due to knee and concussion issues, and he may not re-gain that top-level play-making form until 2016.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 1/15/15 11:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is not expected to enter next season with competition at quarterback, as the Bengals are not expected to draft another quarterback this year. "He's our guy, and we're not going to shy away from that," says offensive coordinator Hue Jackson of Dalton, and quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese offers: "He was better with the intangibles this year and the ball was better coming out of his hand. You could see that right away when he came back from the last offseason." Jackson is a fan of backup QB Jason Campbell, and the team was impressed with young QB A.J. McCarron.
Huddle Up: Dalton hit career lows with 481 attempts, 3,389 passing yards and 19 TDs this past season as the Bengals shifted to a more ground-oriented approach. It also must be noted that No. 1 WR A.J. Green, wideout Marvin Jones and TE Tyler Eifert all missed time as well with the latter two missing essentially the whole season. In summary, to be near enough to move him out of QB2 territory.
James Wilder Jr. - RBPosted 1/14/15 6:48pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB James Wilder Jr. signed a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Doesn't look like Hue Jackson is getting any of these open head coaching jobs, which means the Bengals will be run-heavy again next season. And that means Wilder could stick as a depth guy behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham is an impending free-agent, and beat writer Geoff Hobson does not expect the team to re-sign him thanks to the emergence of FB Ryan Hewitt.
Huddle Up: The Bengals also have Tyler Eifert coming back from injured reserve to replace Gresham, so expect Jermaine to be wearing a new uniform in 2015.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 1/6/15 1:44pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton showed improvement this season and is expected to become a better quarterback next season, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis said he is glad that Dalton is on the team.
Huddle Up: Dalton's 0-4 playoff record aside, the QB's regular-season numbers also took a dip this past year as he thew a career-low 19 TD passes and matched his career low with 3,398 passing yards while posting his second-worst passer rating (83.5). It sounds Dalton is in line to return for his fifth season as the Cincy starter, but that could change of course, if the Bengals decide that Lewis and HIS 0-5 postseason record are no longer good enough.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 1/5/15 4:27pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Eifert was expected to be a major contributor in the Bengals' passing game this season but suffered a dislocated elbow early on and never made it back to the field. If he's not ready to go by August you may want to just write him off completely because it will have been more than 10 months since he suffered the injury, and if a dislocated elbow can't get right in 10 months it may never get right.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 1/5/15 4:27pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (ankle) injured his ankle in the team's wild-card playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 4. Hill had 13 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Huddle Up: As if Cincy needed more personnel issues, since they were already without their top two WRs and top two TEs. Hill's injury may have led to the uptick in touches for Giovani Bernard, though most of them came in the passing game and may have been more a result of the Bengals trailing rather than Hill's injury. Nonetheless, it does offer an explanation for Hill's subdued totals from Cincy's first-round loss.
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