Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 6/30/16 1:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could be used in more two-back sets with RB Jeremy Hill to make up for the loss of TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) early in the season.
Huddle Up: That will certainly be intriguing for the fantasy owners of either or both backs. Bernard actually played 123 more offensive snaps (580-457) than Hill last season, even though the latter had the better fantasy season courtesy of his 12 total TDs.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 6/22/16 9:47am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.
Huddle Up: With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone and Tyler Eifert injured, Dalton is looking for a pass-catcher to step up alongside AJ Green. If LaFell becomes Dalton's security blanket it could translate into him being a solid value play in larger fantasy leagues.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 6/17/16 2:25pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, QB Andy Dalton said, and LaFell said he is ready to take advantage if defenses double team WR A.J. Green.
Huddle Up: LaFell, the N.E. castoff, is filling the role filled in recent seasons by Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, and he could be in for a heavier early-season workload than expected if TE Tyler Eifert can't recover in time for the start of the season.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/29/16 9:35pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's ankle injury didnít improve as expected following the initial evaluation, and surgery became the only option.
Huddle Up: Definitely a rough offseason break for Eifert, who ranked sixth among fantasy tight ends, and about the best hope right now is that the surgery recovery doesn't cut more than a game or two off his 2016 season. Stay tuned ...
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/25/16 10:18am ET
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo surgery to repair a loose ligament on the side of his foot and could miss the first couple of games of the regular season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Horrible news for the Bengals, who already lost their No. 2 and No. 2 receivers to free agency this offseason. And horrible news for the oft-injured Eifert, who blossomed as a top target last season. The situation provides an opportunity for rookie wideout Tyler Boyd and backup tight end Tyler Kroft. If only the Bengals had more guys named Tyler to fill the void.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 5/24/16 2:00pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo a 'minimal procedure' on his left ankle soon, and he is expected to need three months to recover, according to multiple sources. Eifert initially injured the ankle in the Pro Bowl and initial estimates for his recovery were promising, but his ankle hasn't responded since.
Huddle Up: Yikes: Three months will put the start of his regular season in jeopardy -- obviously not good news for the 2015 breakout player's early 2016 stock or Andy Dalton and the Cincy passing game which is already having to replace its No. 2 and 3 WRs. This is one of the first big fantasy injury issues of the offseason and will need to be monitored closely.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/22/16 3:56pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill's yards per carry dropped from 5.1 as a rookie to 3.6 last season, and he was missing running lanes that he hit quickly in his rookie year.
Huddle Up: Hill's total yardage also took a nearly-500-yard dip, but the saving grace was his 12 total TDs. Nevertheless, that can't be counted on again, so his between-the-20 production needs a steady bump this season.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 5/20/16 12:19pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he knows the team views him as a slot receiver, and wide receivers coach James Urban believes Boyd has the instincts to learn the slot position quickly.
Huddle Up: Nothing wrong with being the slot guy in Cincy's offense. Boyd should move quickly into the third most fantasy-relevant receiver role behind AJ Green and Tyler Eifert, and the Bengals offense produces enough stats to feed three fantasy mouths.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/18/16 9:19am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is using his costly playoff fumble from last season to motivate himself this offseason. 'If anything [the fumble] motivated me as a player and will continue to help me the rest of my career,' Hill said. Hill added that he's embracing his mistake and waiting for his opportunity to overcome it.
Huddle Up: Not much else you can do after a costly gaffe like that then to use it as fuel for improvement. Hill is addressing the issue head-on and looks to be ready for a shot at redemption.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 5/17/16 1:24pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd, the team's second-round draft pick, has signed a four-year deal with the team. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Boyd is definitely a wideout to have on your rookie radar with the WR spot wide open across from A.J. Green after the offseason departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 4/29/16 9:51pm ET
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd with the No. 55 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29.
Huddle Up: After being left out following a three-wide receiver run late in the first round, the Bengals nabbed a wideout who broke some of Larry Fitzgerald's records at Pitt. Boyd will be counted on start opposite A.J. Green with the team having lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency this offseason.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 4/25/16 12:13am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton said he worked out with TCU WR Josh Doctson and believes Doctson will be successful for any team that drafts him.
Huddle Up: Reading between the lines, Doctson also would fill a need for the Bengals, who have lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu this offseason and have gained only journeyman Brandon LaFell in return.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 4/14/16 9:45am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert had his 2017 option exercised Wednesday, April 13.
Huddle Up: A no-brainer for the Bengals to tack on another year for their oft-injured yet wildly productive when healthy tight end. So long as he stays on the field, he's a top-three fantasy tight end as well.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 4/14/16 11:21pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has exceeded all expectations, according to head coach Marvin Lewis, and beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. believes the Bengals will try to sign Eifert to a long-term extension in 2017.
Huddle Up: Eifert exceeded his cumulative totals from his first two seasons (16 games total) in 13 contests last year when he caught 52 passes for 615 yards and a tight end-most 13 TDs. If Eifert can avoid serious injury and come close to those figures in 2016, a long-term extension offer will come his way sooner rather than later.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 4/5/16 3:47pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is throwing the ball again and has no restrictions with his thumb, and he has visited with passing specialist Tom House once already this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 28-year-old Dalton was en route to a career year until a broken thumb sidelined him for essentially the last four games. He should, fine, physically, but will have to overcome the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 4/2/16 1:12am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell said his desire to be able to play at a high level after battling injuries in 2015 has been motivation to work hard this offseason.
Huddle Up: LaFell hit a five-year low with 515 receiving yards last season and no TDs on 37 catches and will have the opportunity to bounce back with wideouts Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu departing Cincy this offseason. Expect, though, the Bengals to draft a wide receiver as well.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 3/22/16 10:23am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu will take over the No. 2 wideout job opposite WR Julio Jones. 'Sanu is a legitimate No. 2 for us, is a great compliment to Julio Jones,' general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a satellite radio interview Monday, March 21.
Huddle Up: The Falcons didn't overpay Sanu to not start, nor did he leave Cincy to remain a third wheel, so he'll get every opportunity to emerge as Julio's wingman. That leaves Justin Hardy battling for the third receiver role in Atlanta.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 3/10/16 8:52am ET
Updating previous reports, free-agent WR Mohamed Sanu (Bengals) is visiting Atlanta to officially sign a deal worth $7 million per year with the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Sanu was an occasionally productive receiver with limited opportunities in Cincinnati; he's likely walking into more targets in Atlanta, with openings available opposite Julio Jones now that Roddy White has been given his walking papers.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 3/9/16 8:56am ET
Free-agent WR Mohamed Sanu (Bengals) is drawing interest from the Tennessee Titans, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Titans will have to battle Hue Jackson and the Browns, who are expected to make a strong play for Sanu as well.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 3/6/16 7:23pm ET
Impending free-agent WR Marvin Jones (Bengals) is expected to be one of the Detroit Lions' top targets when free agency begins.
Huddle Up: Interesting and a bit puzzling -- and that's whether or not the Lions are anticipating having Calvin Johnson back for another season. If not, Jones is a solid wideout, but he's not exactly No. 1 WR material. And if Megatron does come back, the Lions already seemingly have a strong complement in Golden Tate and would seem to have other, more-pressing needs.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 3/6/16 10:52pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been asked to help the rest of the team understand the system of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, who has spent the last five seasons as Dalton's quarterbacks coach.
Huddle Up: The Bengals are hoping to make the transition as seamless as possible and are hoping Dalton can pick up where he left off following last season's 25-TD, seven-INT start before a broken thumb took away his last 3 1/2 games.
Brandon Tate - WRPosted 3/4/16 3:17pm ET
WR Brandon Tate re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, March 4. He signed a one-year deal with no other details immediately available.
Huddle Up: Tate is mainly a kick-return specialist who has caught only 33 passes in four seasons in Cincy, but he could see more WR snaps as fellow wideouts Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are set to hit the free-agent market.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 2/26/16 12:41pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) is on track in his rehab, and he is expected to be ready for offseason training activities (OTAs), according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Although his final fantasy numbers didn't necessarily reflect it due to the three-plus games missed by injury, Dalton arguably had his best season with his completion percentage (66.1), TD percentage (6.5) and yards-per-attempt (8.4) all hitting career highs. He likely won't have his full cadre of weapons back with WRs Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate all UFAs so don't be surprised if his numbers tail off some.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 2/23/16 9:23am ET
The Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants are all expected to express interest in Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR Mohamed Sanu if he becomes available. Sanu had 33 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns as his role diminished last year. He's seeking a larger role with a new team.
Huddle Up: The Browns make sense because new coach (and former Bengals OC) Hue Jackson is familiar with Sanu's skills. The Falcons and Giants make sense as both are looking for a complementary receiver to their current stud WR1s--a role which would still keep Sanu in the shadows but at least move him up from third receiver status. He'll receive plenty of attention this offseason.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 2/19/16 9:52am ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR Mohamed Sanu has virtually no chance to re-sign with the Bengals, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, as both Sanu and Marvin Jones are expected to find gigs in which they're not playing in AJ Green's shadow. We'll see who offers the most favorable payday... and what the Bengals do to replace their receiver depth.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 2/14/16 11:51pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill met with the coaching staff late last season and was told to revert to his straight-forward, power style instead of trying to turn every carry into a long run.
Huddle Up: Although, he had two more rushing scores (11) than he did in his rookie season of 2014, Hill actually gained 330 fewer yards (794-1,124) on one more rushing attempt than he did the previous season as his per-carry average dipped from 5.1 to 3.6.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 2/11/16 9:19am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) said he is able to throw, but will hold off on doing so for a little bit longer. 'Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it,' Dalton said. 'I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100%.'
Huddle Up: Andy's right, there's no reason for him to be throwing now. He can start up when the Bengals begin offseason workouts, which will allow him to get comfortable not only with the health of his hand but also with any tweaks Cincy's new OC adds to the offense.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 2/4/16 11:07am ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR Marvin Jones is excited to test the free-agent market this offseason. 'I love Cincinnati, but at the same time I am a free agent,' Jones said. 'It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. It's just an exciting process.' Jones does not want to give the Bengals a hometown discount as he prefers to approach free agency from all angles and hope an irresistible offer arises.
Huddle Up: Jones could get out from under AJ Green's shadow by leaving Cincinnati, plus he could find a WR1 role and a paycheck commensurate with those duties. Worst-case he returns to a quality offense in Cincinnati with a decent pay hike and a defined role.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (foot) did not suffer a break in his foot at the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31, but he is in a walking boot and plans to underdog furthet tests in Cincinnati to confirm he only has a bone bruise. He is likely to meet with a foot specialist when he returns to Cincinnati early this week.
Huddle Up: Plenty of time for Eifert to get right before offseason workouts begin--but it also underscores how injury-prone the Bengals' elite tight end is. When healthy he's a top fantasy tight end, but staying on the field has proven difficult thus far in Eifert's NFL career.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR Marvin Jones could be the top target for the Detroit Lions this offseason.
Huddle Up: AJ Green's wingman could be a popular free agent target as he looks for a WR1 gig. He may not quite be the top dog in Detroit--Golden Tate would have something to say about that--but he'd at least be running a strong 1B to Tate's 1A. And with Calvin Johnson gone the Lions might be able to toss a little more money Jones' way.
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