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John Ross
John Ross does little in second preseason gam
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 9:38 PM
John Ross caught one pass for 29 yards in the Bengals' second preseason game.
Analysis: Ross hasn't done much through the first two preseason games. He's been highly ineffective when targeted, catching 2-of-8 passes. Ross still looks like a project entering his second season, but he only has to hold off Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone to open the year opposite A.J. Green.
John Ross
Bengals' Ross having a 'good' training camp
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 12:35 PM
Katherine Terrell on Twitter
ESPN's Katherine Terrell reports John Ross has had a "good" training camp.
Analysis: Ross has been running as the No. 2 receiver. He had a disappointing preseason opener, corralling just 1-of-5 targets for 20 yards. His next chance comes against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Ross has blamed his awful rookie season on being unhealthy from the get go. He has said his body is finally right for 2018. Although it's only his second year, it's looking like a make-or-break campaign for the oft-injured speedster.
A.J. Green
A.J. Green 'not going anywhere any time soon'
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 8:39 AM
Cincinnati Enquirer
A.J. Green said he is "not going anywhere any time soon."
Analysis: Green turned 30 in July and is now six years older than any other receiver on the team, but he is not feeling his age. "I ain't an old man," Green said. "I've always got juice. I've had it for a long time." Green had one his least efficient seasons last year, and he still managed a 75/1,078/8 line. In what should be an improved offense, he has a shot to better those numbers this season. He is a great pick at the end of the second round.
Carl Lawson
Lawson expected to be limited to sub-packages
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 4:40 PM
Katherine Terrell on Twitter
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expects DE Carl Lawson to remain a sub-package player in 2018.
Analysis: Lawson notched 8.5 sacks on just 477 rookie snaps, but the Bengals still have Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. "The biggest thing that was true for Carl at Auburn, and still continues here in the NFL after his first season, is that by limiting his exposure, we're going to get more production," Lewis said. "He's not that big of a person and so to go out and bang with the big guys all the time is not going to be beneficial to him, and what he's going to get done at the end of the game when you need him to." Lawson could force Lewis' hand if he picks up where he left off as a rookie.
Tyler Eifert
Lewis: We are going to limit Eifert's snaps
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 4:29 PM
Katherine Terrell on Twitter
Speaking Tuesday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he never wants Tyler Eifert to play 50 snaps in a game this season.
Analysis: "Well I hope he never gets 50," was Lewis' response when asked about a theoretical 50-snap performance. Although injuries have prevented him from being an every-down player since 2015, Eifert did reach 50 snaps in both of his 2017 appearances. Eifert is shaping up as a boom/bust TE2.
John Ross
John Ross has up and down performance
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 7:53 PM
John Ross hauled in 1-of-5 targets for 20 yards in the Bengals' preseason opener.
Analysis: Ross' first preseason outing probably did not go the way he hoped. He slipped on his first opportunity of the night, allowing Kyle Fuller an easy interception which he returned for a touchdown, and he failed to get both feet down in the back of the end zone late in the second quarter. On the bright side, the sophomore flashed his playmaking ability with a 20-yard catch-and-run. With Brandon LaFell gone, Ross is the odds-on favorite to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, making him a good flier in the 14th round.
Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict removed from active/NFI
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 10:37 AM
Bengals activated LB Vontaze Burfict from the active/NFI.
Analysis: Burfict was sidelined the early part of camp by a hamstring injury, but he was never expected to miss much time. The linebacker is eligible to participate during the preseason, but he will miss the first four games of the regular season because of a PED suspension.
Rod Taylor
Bengals place OG Rod Taylor on IR
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 4:51 PM
Bengals placed OG Rod Taylor (knee) on injured reserve.
Analysis: Taylor is done for the year after ACL surgery. The Bengals drafted Taylor to back up at multiple spots, so it's a blow to their offensive line depth. Eddy Wilson was signed to replace Taylor on the 90-man roster.
John Ross
John Ross opens scrimmage as Bengals No. 2 WR
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 12:28 PM
James Rapien on Twitter
Bengals WR John Ross opened the team's scrimmage as the No. 2 receiver on Saturday.
Analysis: In their first "mock game" since releasing Brandon LaFell, the Bengals lined up Ross on the opposite sideline of A.J. Green. Tyler Boyd opened as the team's starting slot receiver. The No. 9 overall pick just last year, Ross will undoubtedly have all the opportunity in the world to flourish as long as he remains healthy. Josh Malone is also a player worth monitoring for Cincinnati if either Ross or Boyd fail to contribute early.
C.J. Goodwin
Bengals add CB C.J. Goodwin to secondary
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 11:28 AM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
Bengals signed CB C.J. Goodwin.
Analysis: Goodwin has struggled to remain on a roster in recent months, being waived four times since December. His largest contribution to date was when he played 115 snaps for the Falcons during their Super Bowl loss in 2016. He remains a long-shot to make Cincinnati's 53-man roster.
Brandon LaFell
Brandon LaFell not a lock to make final cuts
Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 9:12 AM
ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell believes Brandon LaFell is on the roster bubble.
Analysis: Coach Marvin Lewis hinted at the same thing, saying LaFell "feels the heat" in camp. A.J. Green and 2017 first-rounder John Ross are really the only locks at the position right now. LaFell was the Bengals' No. 2 wideout last season but is competing for a job with the likes of Tyler Boyd, Josh Malone, Cody Core, and Alex Erickson. Not all seven receivers are likely to make the team.
Tyler Eifert
Eifert passes physical, cleared to practice
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 1:42 PM
Bengals on Twitter
Tyler Eifert (back surgery) has passed his physical and been cleared to practice.
Analysis: Eifert ended up spending just four days on the PUP list. The Bengals have been cagey about Eifert's overall status, but the sixth-year pro has insisted he feels great and will be ready to rock for the opener. As anyone who has played fantasy football for more than a year or two knows, Eifert offers immense touchdown-scoring upside, but it's outweighed by his injury downside. Eifert is a late-round TE2 flier.
Carlos Dunlap
Bengals in extension talks with Carlos Dunlap
Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 2:20 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The Bengals are in extension talks with contract-year DE Carlos Dunlap.
Analysis: Dunlap's agent Drew Rosenhaus was spotted at Bengals training camp. After investing a third round pick in Sam Hubbard, Dunlap may have to settle for a short-term extension if he wants to stay in Cincy. Dunlap's sacks have been down the last two seasons but should command a deal in the $9 million annually range.
Rod Taylor
Bengals rookie OG Rod Taylor out for season
Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 9:37 AM
Cincinnati Enquirer on Twitter
Bengals OG Rod Taylor (torn ACL) is out for the season.
Analysis: Taylor was a utility lineman at Mississippi, playing right guard as a freshman and sophomore, left tackle as a junior, and right tackle last year. The Bengals did all they could to address their line by acquiring Cordy Glenn and using the No. 21 overall pick on C Billy Price this offseason, but Taylor had immediate potential as serviceable depth. Cedric Ogbuehi, Eric Winston, and Bobby Hart are all likely to remain in the mix with Taylor out.
Tyler Eifert
Eifert says '100 percent' he's ready for Wk 1
Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 5:23 PM
Cincinnati Enquirer
Speaking Thursday, Tyler Eifert (back) said he is "100 percent" certain he will be ready for Week 1.
Analysis: "There is no setback," Eifert insisted of his back injury. "I'm feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take." That "route" is the active/PUP list, from which Eifert can be activated at any time. The Bengals are wisely option for bubble wrap with a player who has averaged eight games over the past four seasons. "Injury prone" is an overused label, but Eifert's injury history limits him to risk/reward TE2 status in fantasy leagues.
Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict (hamstring) opens camp on NFI
Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 9:24 AM
Bengals placed LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.
Analysis: Burfict is believed to be dealing with a minor hamstring injury. He should be good to go in a couple days. Burfict will serve a four-game suspension to open the season.
Tyler Eifert
Tyler Eifert (back) will start camp on PUP
Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 7:44 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Bengals placed Tyler Eifert (back) on the active/PUP list.
Analysis: Eifert tweaked his back during the spring. He tweeted he was "feeling great" earlier this week, but his health remains completely up in the air. If healthy, Eifert has as much touchdown upside as any tight end, but there is no way to trust his ability to both get and stay healthy. He is just a flier in the double-digit rounds.
Tyler Eifert
Eifert not expected to be ready for camp
Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 5:22 PM does not expect Tyler Eifert (back) to be ready for the beginning of training camp on Thursday.
Analysis: The website considers Eifert's status "as up in the air as it was six weeks ago." "Hopefully Tyler Eifert can come back and be a factor for us," executive Duke Tobin said. "I can't predict the future on that one." Eifert's back limited him to two games in 2017. He's made just 10 appearances over the past two years and only 24 over the past four. Eifert should be considered questionable for Week 1 and beyond.
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon trims down to 218 pounds
Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 7:27 AM
Joe Mixon has slimmed down to 218 pounds.
Analysis: That's 12 pounds lighter than he was last season. "I feel real good," said Mixon. "I feel like I'm in really good shape." The former Oklahoma Sooner took his lumps as a rookie, averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry. However, he fared significantly better down the stretch (5.0 yards per attempt over his final four games) and will enter the 2018 campaign as Cincinnati's clear workhorse. He's being drafted as an upside-RB2 in most formats.
Cedric Ogbuehi
Cedric Ogbuehi feels more comfortable at RT
Sun, Jul 8, 2018, 10:06 AM
Cincinnati Enquirer
Former first-round OT Cedric Ogbuehi said he feels more comfortable playing right tackle and has his confidence back heading into 2018.
Analysis: The No. 21 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Ogbuehi played left tackle his first three years in the league before the Bengals made the move to acquire LT Cordy Glenn from the Bills this offseason. That puts Ogbuehi in a competition on the right side, a battle he is "excited" about after playing the right side early in his career at Texas A&M. Ogbuehi needs to rebound in a contract year.