Player News - Bengals

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Tyler Boyd caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in Cincinnati's Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

The second-rounder has 12 catches for 130 yards through four games, putting him on pace for 48/520. That could slacken with Tyler Eifert expected to return for Week 5. Boyd has a weak PPR case.
Sep 30 - 12:01 AM

C.J. Uzomah caught 4-of-5 targets for 45 yards in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

The catches were a season high. Uzomah has cleared 30 yards in 3-of-4 games, but his moment in the sun is coming to an end with Tyler Eifert expected back for Week 5. There's no real reason to own Uzomah in any format.
Sep 30 - 12:00 AM

Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-6 targets for 44 yards in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

The Bengals' nominal No. 2 receiver, LaFell is on pace for 52 catches through four games. With Tyler Eifert nearing a return, LaFell's already sunken floor is going to get jacked even lower.
Sep 29 - 11:58 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 10 times for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Dolphins, catching 3-of-4 targets for 24 additional yards.

The Dolphins had an attackable run defense on paper, but the Bengals turned 37 carries into a woeful 77 yards (2.08 YPC). Bernard had the best play out of the backfield, an acrobatic 13-yard catch down to the Dolphins' two-yard line, but could only watch as Jeremy Hill failed to convert two goal-line carries. Bernard is doing his thing and not much more this season. Through four games, he's on pace for 932 yards from scrimmage, which would easily be a career low. The pace will pick up, but not enough to get Bernard on the RB2 radar in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:44 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed 21 times for 71 yards in Cincinnati's Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

Hill was held without a catch. The Bengals committed hard to Hill against the Dolphins' awful run defense, but Hill proved to be a good matchup for Miami instead of vice versa. Hill simply looked sluggish, either ramming into tackles up the middle or failing to get the edge. He was given two opportunities to score from the Dolphins' two-yard line in the third quarter, but got swallowed up both times. Hill has essentially had one good run this season, his 50-yarder against the Broncos last Sunday. Averaging 3.81 yards per carry, he'll be a low-upside RB3 against the Cowboys in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 11:38 PM

A.J. Green caught 10-of-12 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati's Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

Going to work against no-names Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett, Green already had eight catches for 123 yards and his score by halftime. He didn't need to do more after the break of a non-competitive game. 3/77/1 of Green's production came on one first quarter drive. He beat perfect coverage from Howard for a 51-yard catch down the right sideline before clownsuiting Lippett on a screen for his score. The 10-catch effort was already Green's second of 2016. He's now averaging eight grabs per game. He should feast again against the Cowboys in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 11:28 PM

Andy Dalton completed 22-of-31 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 22-7, Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

Going up against a secondary starting Xavien Howard and "Tony Lippett," Dalton fed A.J. Green and watched him eat. Dalton directed 12 of his 31 passes Green's way, and Green turned them into 10/173/1. Dalton and Green's game of pitch and catch was more than enough for the Bengals on a night where the Dolphins looked utterly hopeless on offense. Dalton has only three scores through four starts, but 1,234 yards. Positive regression is coming. He has a tasty Week 5 matchup in the Cowboys.
Sep 29 - 11:23 PM

Bengals declared CB Dre Kirkpatrick, TE Tyler Eifert, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, OG Christian Westerman and DT DeShawn Williams inactive for Week 4 vs. the Dolphins.

Darqueze Dennard will slide into the starting lineup for Kirkpatrick. It's a concern for a defense that's been surprisingly leaky vs. the pass thus far.
Sep 29 - 7:11 PM

Tyler Eifert (ankle) is inactive for Week 4 vs. the Dolphins.

Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will once again split snaps. Eifert is expected to return for Week 5.
Sep 29 - 7:08 PM

Cincinnati will welcome the return of suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Thursday night.

Burfict served a three-game suspension to begin the season and is now ready to roll. Cincinnati has taken a step back defensively in 2016 and the return of Burfict, who is expected to play a "significant role" on Thursday, should help get this group back on track. The Bengals D/ST will be a top-12 fantasy option against Miami.
Sep 29 - 5:33 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict is expected to play 25-35 snaps Thursday night.

Suspended the first three games, coach Marvin Lewis said the team would "have to lock him in a trunk" to keep Burfict from playing Thursday. That comment suggests the linebacker could easily surpass whatever snap goals the team sets entering the game. Burfict's return should be a big boost to the entire defense.
Sep 29 - 10:39 AM

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

Kirkpatrick has been one of the least effective corners in the league since the beginning of last season, but it's still a loss for Thursday night against DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Look for Darqueze Dennard to get the start opposite Adam Jones with Josh Shaw entering in sub-packages.
Sep 28 - 3:44 PM

Tyler Eifert (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

He's aiming for a Week 5 return. C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will split snaps.
Sep 28 - 3:43 PM

Tyler Eifert (ankle) remained "limited" in Tuesday's practice.

ESPN's Bob Holtzman has reported Eifert will not play on Thursday. The limited practices make him a good bet to make his 2016 debut in Week 5.
Sep 27 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports Tyler Eifert (ankle) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Dolphins.

Eifert has hinted at a return this week but with Cincinnati playing on Thursday night, time is not on his side. He hasn't gone through a full practice yet and has yet to make an appearance in 11-on-11 drills. The Bengals are still calling him a game-time decision, but he's looking closer to doubtful than probable. Even if Eifert played this week, he would have been on a snap count. Look for Eifert to return in Week 5 against Dallas.
Sep 27 - 12:02 PM


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