Andy Dalton - QBPosted 8/30/15 4:05pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (neck) was removed as a precaution in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, Aug. 29, head coach Marvin Lewis said.
Huddle Up: Dalton left after one series with a sore neck and was actually hurt while diving in for a 1-yard scoring run. He remains a low-end QB2 with upside.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 8/25/15 12:10am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed six of his 13 pass attempts for 46 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Even though one of the picks was a pass that bounced off the hands of a wide-open A.J. Green, Bad Andy was in fine form Monday and reminded fantasy GMs why he currently owns only the 24th-highest ADP among QBs.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 8/19/15 11:27pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones ran with the first-team offense on the outside for the second consecutive practice Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Jones had been working with the second-team offense but it was only a matter of time before he was promoted. The Bengals' passing game is better when Jones is on the field. If healthy, he has a chance to become a weekly WR3/4 this season.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 8/11/15 8:13pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard finished as the 16th best running back in point-per-reception leagues last year, despite RB Jeremy Hill starting eight games.
Huddle Up: With Hill a definite fantasy star on the rise -- he's going seventh overall on average in PPR-only re-drafts -- Bernard is getting overshadowed and overlooked and there's value to be had with current PPR ADP of 63, which ranks 22nd among RBs.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 8/9/15 11:44pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron led a pair of scoring drives with the first-team offense during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 8. 'I thought he was even better than last night,' offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. 'Every time he completed a ball his confidence skyrocketed. It's a good opportunity for him to continue to grow.'
Huddle Up: Starter Andy Dalton has been better in fantasy than reality the last few seasons, and now Cincy finally appears to have another QB who's actually a threat to take over if Dalton goes through a stretch of struggles.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 8/8/15 5:29pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 8. Jones had been sitting because of a sore right hamstring.
Huddle Up: One day after coach Marvin Lewis said Jones needs to find a way to get on the field, he was back at practice. The Bengals' passing attack will be much more explosive with a healthy Jones this season.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 8/7/15 11:30pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (hamstring) said Friday, Aug. 7, that he has missed the last four days of practice because of soreness in his right hamstring.
Huddle Up: Jones missed all of last season and is off to a slow start in this training camp. Marvin Lewis said Jones needs to "find a way to get out there." Jones would really help the Bengals' passing game this year if he can stay on the field.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 8/4/15 9:16am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is likely to see a majority of the reps in the backfield over RB Giovani Bernard, according to beat writer Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: This should come as no surprise, as Hill took over the lead role in Cincy's backfield last season. If anything Hill will see an even greater workload, with Gio spotted more from scrimmage and used in the return game as well.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 8/4/15 9:16am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard might see an expanded role as a punt returner this season. He returned two punts for touchdowns in college, and was working as a returning the preseason in his rookie season before his running back role expanded. If he sees fewer snaps playing alongside RB Jeremy Hill it might open up an opportunity for Bernard on special teams.
Huddle Up: While Hill is definitely the lead dog in Cincinnati, it makes sense to find ways to get the ball in the hands of a playmaker like Bernard. Given his experience with punt returns and his diminishing role from scrimmage, this move makes sense for the Bengals. Bump Gio up a shade if your league scores return yardage and touchdowns.
Michael Johnson - DEPosted 8/3/15 3:29pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson (knee) will be out four weeks with a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain.
Huddle Up: It's great news for Johnson and the Bengals. If Johnson is indeed back in four weeks, he'll be on the field when the Bengals face the Raiders and Latavius Murray in Week 1.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 7/30/15 3:54pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert said he is 100 percent healthy for the first time since the beginning of last offseason.
Huddle Up: Eifert was only able to play in one game his second season due to a dislocated elbow, but Cincy declined to re-sign five-year vet Jermaine Gresham and will be counting heavily on a healthy season from Eifert, who's caught a total of 42 passes for 482 yards and two TDs. Don't overlook him when searching for sleeper TEs in deep leagues.
Vontaze Burfict - LBPosted 7/28/15 4:41pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It won't be a shocker if the LB misses most of the preseason -- and even some regular-season action -- after undergoing microfracture knee surgery this offseason. Stay tuned as we'll be monitoring his progress.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 7/26/15 1:25pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green is talking with the Bengals about a possible contract extension, according to sources. The team sees signing Green to an extension as their top priority.
Huddle Up: Green and his agent might be better served waiting for the expected larger cap next offseason, but if he can match or top the 5-year, $70 million deals doled out to Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant coming off his worst season (1,041 yards, 6 TDs) as a pro, he might as well strike while the iron is hot -- especially with the typically-tight Bengals.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 7/12/15 3:12pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill has been told to embrace the hype surrounding him in 2015 by offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. 'To me, if a guy wants to be great, he's got to relish that,' Jackson said. 'He's got to want that and then go exceed it. That would be my challenge to (Hill). I expect him to exceed whatever the expectation is about him.'
Huddle Up: The 2014 second-round pick finished his rookie campaign with a flourish -- totaling the league's second-most rushing yards (775) over the second half of the season -- and despite the continued presence of 2013 second-rounder Giovanni Bernard, has moved up into no-doubt RB1 range.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 7/10/15 4:20pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he is not worried that he is entering the final year of his contract and is willing to play out the season. 'I don't get into all the 'I need a contract' stuff,'' Green said. 'I'm not here for money. I'm not broke. So I'm fine. I can wait until the end of the year to get a contract, but I know that time is coming.'
Huddle Up: A la Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, Green could be a candidate for the WR franchise tag next offseason. In the meantime, he's looking to rebound from his worst season as a pro in terms of games played (13), receiving yards (1,041) and TD catches (6).
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 7/4/15 1:36am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said he wanted to build up the strength in his legs this offseason in hopes of improving his acceleration into the second level of opposing defenses. Hill said he believes he was tackled by the first defender too often last season.
Huddle Up: The 2014 second-rounder led all NFL backs with 720 rushing yards from Week 11 on last season while averaging a cool 5.1 yards per carry for the whole season, making it a little scary to think he believes he can be even better this season. Be prepared to spend a second-round pick to get Hill in drafts this summer.
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.
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