Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

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Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals RB Rex Burkhead has been spending time at receiver in OTAs.

A 5-foot-10, 215-pound bowling ball, Burkhead spent time in the slot in Cincinnati's Wild Card loss. "(If) you have a talented player on your team, you see if you can find a way to get him involved," OC Hue Jackson said. "(Burkhead) can do a little bit of everything. ... He's one of the better players on our team so we will see what we can do with him." Jackson sounds determined to get Burkhead more involved after he touched the ball only 16 times last season, but barring injury to those ahead of him, he's not a threat for more than 30-40 touches.
Jun 2 - 4:30 PM

Marvin Jones (hamstring) participated in 11-on-11 work Tuesday.

It was just a minor tweak. The real story is that Jones is fully over the foot/ankle issue that ruined his 2014 campaign. He's expected to immediately slide back in opposite A.J. Green, pushing Mohamed Sanu into his natural slot role.
Jun 2 - 12:29 PM

Jeremy Hill expects to be part of a committee with Giovani Bernard.

"Obviously there's going to be a balanced attack," Hill said. "I don’t think [OC Hue Jackson] has to wear either one of us out. As the year went on, he learned our strengths and weaknesses." Hill is the Bengals’ clear feature back, but doesn’t have a three-down role. Bernard had 1,029 total yards and seven touchdowns despite playing only 13 games last year and will continue to handle passing down/change-of-pace work.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 7:37 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson said it is unlikely the Bengals trade any of their offensive tackles.

On the surface, starting tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith look to be surplus to requirements after the Bengals spent their first two picks on offensive tackles in the 2015 draft. The issue is first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season, and Cincinnati would likely prefer second-round pick Jake Fisher to spend some time developing on the bench. The Giants and Broncos will have to look elsewhere to help their banged up offensive lines.
Source: bengals.com
May 30 - 12:55 PM

Bengals DE Margus Hunt was absent from OTAs this week due to an undisclosed injury.

All the Bengals are saying is that it's not a season- or career-threatening injury. Entering his third season, this is a big year for Hunt. The Bengals are expecting him to take a big step in his development and finally enter the rotation on the defensive line. Any missed practice time is viewed as a concern for Hunt.
May 29 - 10:48 AM

Bengals signed third-round TE Tyler Kroft to a four-year contract.

Kroft will slide into Jermaine Gresham's old in-line role opposite "move" tight end Tyler Eifert. Kroft will be primarily a blocker as a rookie, but is a solid pass catcher. He won't be a fantasy option in re-draft leagues.
May 28 - 2:50 PM

Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) has been a limited participant in OTAs.

Eifert says he's 100 percent, but the Bengals are easing him back in gradually. Expect him to be a full-go for training camp, where he'll play a real role in the Bengals' pass game. Eifert had three catches for 37 yards on eight snaps before dislocating his elbow in the 2014 season opener.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 10:31 AM

Updating a previous item, Marvin Jones (hamstring) has not been cleared for Bengals OTAs.

It was reported last week that Jones got the green light for the start of OTAs. But Jones ended up tweaking his hamstring and couldn't pass a physical. The good news is that it isn't an issue with his foot or ankle. Jones expects to be out there in the next few days. He'll likely start opposite A.J. Green this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 10:20 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis admitted WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has a "long ways to go" in his rehab.

"Vontaze will be in rehab all the way through the summer," Lewis said. Burfict walked with a "hobble" and "generally looked uncomfortable" after running off to the side of Tuesday's practice. Signs continue to point to him landing on reserve/PUP to start the season. A.J. Hawk ran with the starters to begin OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 10:14 AM

A.J. McCarron is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him during his rookie season.

McCarron spent all but two games on NFI with shoulder soreness. The Bengals have cleared him for the start of OTAs. McCarron is the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, with Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor also in the mix.
May 23 - 5:32 PM

Bengals RT Andre Smith (triceps) is expected to be sidelined until training camp.

Smith missed the final five games of 2014 with a torn triceps. Prior to going down, his on-field play was in decline, leading the Bengals to spend their top two draft picks on offensive tackles. Missing the entire offseason is a concern for Smith given his conditioning issues. Still only 28, Smith could get one last big deal if he bounces back in the final year of his contract.
Source: bengals.com
May 23 - 4:34 PM

Marvin Jones (foot, ankle) has been cleared for OTAs.

Jones has an inside track on the starting X-receiver job, but needs to prove he’s fully over his injuries after missing all of 2014. The Bengals are hoping a healthy Jones can provide a big-play threat opposite A.J. Green.
Source: bengals.com
May 23 - 4:15 PM

The Bengals' website passes along "talk" that second-year RB James Wilder Jr. could be tried at fullback this offseason.

Wilder stands 6-foot-3, 232. He doesn't have much of a chance to earn tailback snaps at Cincinnati, so lead blocking could be a means of Wilder making the final 53. He spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad.
Source: bengals.com
May 22 - 2:22 PM

Bengals signed second-round OT Jake Fisher to a four-year contract.

Fisher was widely viewed as fringe first-round prospect, but surprisingly fell to the Bengals at No. 53 where they were able to double-dip on the offensive line with their first two picks. Fisher will likely open the season as the swing tackle.
May 20 - 2:12 PM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects first-round OT Cedric Ogbuehi to open the season on reserve/PUP.

The Bengals are in a great spot at offensive tackle and can afford to bring Ogbuehi along slowly after he tore his ACL in Texas A&M's bowl game. Hobson doesn't expect to see Ogbuehi in pads until midseason, though the Bengals are optimistic the No. 21 overall pick can play year-one snaps over the second half.
Source: bengals.com
May 20 - 8:06 AM


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