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Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals WR James Wright sat out most of team drills during the spring.

Beat writer Geoff Hobson failed to mention what the reasoning was, but we're assuming Wright underwent some sort of offseason surgery. Wright caught five balls for 91 yards as a rookie and was a fixture on special teams. The Bengals are high on the sophomore. He's the front-runner for No. 4 receiver duties.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 30 - 9:07 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey doesn't expect WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) to be ready for Week 1.

Burfict could only work on the side at OTAs. He’s not expected to be cleared for training camp. All signs continue to point to Burfict opening the season on reserve/PUP. Coming off microfracture, Burfict is facing an uphill battle to regain pre-injury form.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 6:42 PM

Bengals signed QB Keith Wenning.

Wenning was the 194th pick in last year's draft by the Ravens and spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad before getting cut by Baltimore last month. In Cincinnati, he'll compete with A.J. McCarron and Josh Johnson.
Jun 24 - 2:19 PM

Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) "caught virtually everything thrown his way" during open practices this spring.

Even though the Bengals held Eifert out of some 11-on-11 work, he's completely over the shoulder surgery and elbow dislocation that torpedoed his 2014 season. He'll be turned loose once training camp opens and will play heavy snaps now that Jermaine Gresham is gone. A talented pass-catcher who went 21st overall in 2013, Eifert has streamer appeal and low-end TE1 upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 10:04 AM

Marvin Jones appeared 100 percent during last week's minicamp.

The Bengals used the minicamp as a "baptism by fire" for Jones, who missed all of last year with a foot/ankle injury. He responded perfectly, sporting "quick and crisp" routes while showing no lingering effects of the injury. Jones, a playmaking deep threat who had 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets in 2013, is penciled in as the No. 2 wideout opposite A.J. Green. He's shaping up as a sneaky sleeper.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 9:55 AM

Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to start at left cornerback this season.

Darqueze Dennard is making a strong push but the job is still Kirkpatrick's to lose. Though ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey said neither player has been short on confidence this spring, Kirkpatrick got most of the first-team reps at minicamp. Dennard came on strong late last season, recording three interceptions over his last three games. Two of those came against Peyton Manning in Week 16.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 12:21 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey said second-year CB Darqueze Dennard has showed "enhanced explosiveness" this spring.

He's impressed the team with his "quickness and consistent coverage in man defense." Last year's No. 24 overall pick, Dennard is competing with Dre Kirkpatrick at left cornerback and Leon Hall at nickel back.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 12:12 PM

Bengals rookie C.J. Uzomah is competing for the No. 2 tight end job.

Uzomah "seems to have a better handle on things" than fellow rookie Tyler Kroft, who struggled with drops during OTAs. A fifth-round pick, Uzomah has pass-catching upside, but is an inferior blocker to Kroft. Uzomah would need a Tyler Eifert injury to come into fantasy value.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 7:20 PM

Bengals FS George Iloka has missed the entire offseason program with an undisclosed injury.

He expects to be ready for the start of training camp but wouldn't discuss anything more about his injury. Iloka is coming off a career-year in which he registered 74 tackles and three interceptions while grading out as a top cover safety at Pro Football Focus. Entering the final year of his deal, he hopes to land a new contract ahead of Week 1. The former fifth-rounder turned 25 in March.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 7:47 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson sets third-round TE Tyler Kroft's rookie over-under at 25 catches.

25 catches is a solid season from any rookie tight end. We'd take the under on Kroft, who will serve as the in-line complement to flex TE Tyler Eifert. Kroft could pop onto the streamer radar if Eifert suffers another injury.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 15 - 11:18 PM

Bengals second-year QB A.J. McCarron has had a good enough spring that the team may only keep two quarterbacks.

There are apparently "rumors" that McCarron could push Andy Dalton, but that's skipping pretty far ahead considering McCarron has never so much as thrown a preseason pass. McCarron does look to have a comfortable lead on Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor. McCarron was a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 15 - 11:16 PM

Bengals OL coach Paul Alexander said second-round OT Jake Fisher has a steep learning curve coming from Oregon’s fast-break scheme.

"All our guys had to take time to make the transition," Alexander said. "It’s like starting over." The Bengals want Fisher to improve his technique as he adjusts to a pro-style offense. Fisher remains unlikely to be a 2015 starter behind Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith, but has been getting reps at multiple spots.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 13 - 3:39 PM

Bengals signed first-round OT Cedric Ogbuehi to a four-year contract.

As with all first-rounders, Ogebuehi's deal comes with a fifth-year team option. With LT Andrew Whitworth and RT Andre Smith locked in as starters heading into contract years, the Bengals can afford to bring Ogbuehi along slowly as he recovers from a torn ACL. He's likely to open the year on reserve/PUP.
Jun 11 - 2:47 PM

Jeremy Hill led the NFL in rushing yards and yards per carry over the second half of last season.

Hill overtook Gio Bernard in Week 9 and never looked back, ripping off 929 rush yards and six touchdowns across the final nine games. Now he enters his second NFL season as the centerpiece of the offense, with Bernard as a strict change-of-pace option. With three-down ability, power at 6'1/238 and long speed, Hill is the real deal and a solid second-round fantasy pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 12:00 PM

Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes said Geno Atkins has looked "scary" this offseason.

"It's scary how fast and explosive he is right now," said Hayes. "I think he has the confidence that he has his legs under him." Atkins looked tentative at times last season while working his way back from an ACL injury. That hasn't been the case at OTAs. "He looks as good as any guy we've got on our team," said defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. All signs point to a bounce-back season for Atkins.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 10 - 10:14 AM


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