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.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 1/4/15 1:07pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) is inactive Sunday, Jan. 4, for the wild-card playoff game.
Huddle Up: As expected, the Bengals will be without their top pass-catcher, and a non-descript group headed by Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate will be asked to step up. At the same time, expect even more of the ground game than usual from Cincy.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 1/4/15 1:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) is inactive Sunday, Jan. 4, for the wild-card playoff game.
Huddle Up: The up-and-down late season stretch continues for Gresham who was injured in the Bengals' regular-season finale. Ryan Hewitt and Kevin Brock are the backups, but it would be a surprise if either sees more than a few targets.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 1/3/15 12:48am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Jan. 2, and is listed as questionable for the wild-card playoff game.
Huddle Up: It was a good sign that Gresham was at least able to get in some on-field Friday after sitting out practices Wednesday and Thursday, but you're definitely going to have to check in pre-game Sunday if you're planning on using the TE this weekend.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 1/2/15 12:34am ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 1.
Huddle Up: Gresham has missed both of Cincy's practices this week after leaving the Week 17 game early with a back injury. Gresham is an undervalued weapon who's hauled in TD receptions in each of the Bengals' final two regular-season games so see if he's able to get on the practice field Friday.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 1/2/15 2:40pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) is listed as doubtful for the team's Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 4, after he sat out of practice Friday, Jan. 2.
Huddle Up: Cincy was hoping Green would be able to practice Friday, but it sounds like the concussion symptoms are lingering and have put the Pro Bowl WR's Sunday status in serious jeopardy. If Green can't go, Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Tate, Greg Little, Cobi Hamilton and James Wright would comprise Andy Dalton's WR corps Sunday in Indy.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 1/1/15 4:25pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) is still in the concussion protocol but was able to participate in warmups, stretching and installation of the offense during practice Thursday, Jan. 1. Green is scheduled to meet with a neurologist Friday, Jan. 2, and hopes to receive clearance to play.
Huddle Up: See what happens Friday, and if Green is somehow not cleared, Mohamed Sanu will be Cincy's No. 1 WR Sunday in Indy.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/31/14 4:41pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) is still in the NFL concussion protocol Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Green has some hurdles to clear before being able to play this weekend; it's a situation worth monitoring, as his availability is paramount to the Bengals' chances of beating Indy in the first round.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/29/14 9:28am ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) was placed into the concussion protocol after the game Sunday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: This means Green will need to clear all the hurdles before playing in Cincy's playoff opener Sunday in Indy. And if he isn't able to go... well, it's been a nice run for the Bengals in 2014.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/29/14 9:28am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (undisclosed) left the team's Week 17 game early after suffering a possible head injury.
Huddle Up: Green has been banged around the past couple of weeks, first an arm injury and now an apparent head injury. No word on his status for the Bengals' Wild Card Weekend game in Indy on Sunday.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/26/14 3:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (arm) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Still have another option at the ready if you're planning on starting Green in the Sunday night game, but it certainly appears to be all systems go for the WR at this point.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/25/14 6:58pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (arm) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: It was a good sign to see Green get in some work after sitting out Wednesday, and we'll be checking to see if the progress continues Friday.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 12/25/14 7:02pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Nothing but a day off Wednesday with the flu for Dalton, who should be good to go by the time Sunday night's showdown with the Steelers rolls around.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/24/14 6:30pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (biceps) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: No surprise here given it's only been two days since he suffered his biceps contusion, and we'll continue to monitor the situation throughout the week.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/23/14 12:17am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (arm) was able to check back into the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter after having precautionary X-rays in the locker room. Green was targeted four times and finished wihtout a catch.
Huddle Up: Green suffered an arm bruise after taking a hard shot to arm on the fourth play of the game and it seemed to hamper him the rest of the game. A tough break/bad timing for Green's fantasy owners who now will have to monitor the WR's practice status on a short week.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 12/23/14 12:41am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill rushed for 147 yards and a TD on 25 carries Monday, Dec. 22 in a 37-28 win over the Denver Broncos. His scoring run was a career-long 85-yarder in the first quarter.
Huddle Up: Hill will be a frequent member of a number of fantasy championship teams having gained 295 yards and scoring three TDs over the last two weeks. With 48 touches to Giovanni's Bernard's 31 over the last two weeks, the rookie clearly has seized the lead role in the Cincy backfield and will be a bona fide RB1 going forward into next season in the Bengals' run-heavy offense.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 12/23/14 10:30am ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (arm) said Monday, Dec. 22, that he feels he'll be ready to play in the Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Green returned to the Monday night game after suffering the injury, though he did not record a catch. At minimum he'll be on the field as a downfield threat against the Steelers; Bengals fans have to hope he'll be substantially more than that.
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