Player News - Bengals

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Tyler Eifert (ankle) is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Cincinnati Enquirer hinted Friday that Eifert was still holding out hope for Week 1, but Rapsheet's report seems to eliminate that possibility. Eifert only recently resumed jogging after undergoing ankle surgery three months ago. If Rapoport's timetable holds, the earliest we'd see Eifert back on the field would be September 29 against Miami. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd figure to be more involved in the passing game while Eifert is sidelined.
Aug 26 - 2:06 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer projects Bengals second-round pick Tyler Boyd to catch 55 passes for 800 yards with 5-7 touchdowns as a rookie.

The Enquirer's Paul Dehner acknowledges Boyd's role has increased with Brandon LaFell battling a hand injury and largely disappointing in camp. Boyd should also see an early-season bump in production if Tyler Eifert (ankle) misses time. Boyd is on the late-round radar as a WR5/6 pick in 12-team fantasy drafts.
Aug 26 - 1:05 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects Tyler Eifert (ankle) to be "healthy the first few weeks of the season -- if not the opener in New York."

Eifert only recently resumed jogging, so this seems like an optimistic take. We're a little over two weeks away from the Bengals' Week 1 game against the Jets. Still, the optimism is good to hear regarding a player who was a fantasy difference maker last season, and now has a clear avenue toward a target increase with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu out of the picture. Eifert has been slipping into the eighth and ninth rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Aug 26 - 12:58 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to "swing back closer" to a power-running offense featuring Jeremy Hill this season.

With Tyler Eifert healthy and Marvin Jones opposite A.J. Green, the 2015 Bengals incorporated more spread-passing concepts under ex-OC Hue Jackson. The Enquirer's Paul Dehner says "the success of (Andy) Dalton and abundance of passing-game weapons didn't play into Hill's strength last year." Under new OC Ken Zampese, Dehner forsees Cincinnati resuming a rushing-oriented approach with Hill behind FB Ryan Hewitt. Dehner is also buying the narrative that Hill's "razor focus and desire to return to rookie form are very real this offseason."
Aug 26 - 12:55 PM

A.J. Green's first child is due in "about a month."

Green said Thursday that he "will miss a game if it comes to that," and there's "no way" he would miss the birth of his first born. This is a respectable stance from Green, but also one that could have fantasy implications. It sounds like the child's due date is near the Bengals' Week 3 game against Denver.
Aug 25 - 6:31 PM

ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell suggests the Bengals are still uncertain who will start at receiver opposite A.J. Green.

Brandon LaFell opened camp as the favorite for No. 2 duties but Terrell believes his hand injury has made the situation "a little more muddled." Meanwhile rookie Tyler Boyd has had a productive preseason while drawing praise from WRs coach James Urban. "He's a natural football player," said Urban. "He has great football instincts." LaFell and Boyd aren't projected to be major fantasy assets, though both players should be more involved during Tyler Eifert's absence.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 5:29 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. believes Jeremy Hill is "going to have a huge year."

Dehner also said he expects Hill to record more yards from scrimmage than Gio Bernard. Coming off a disappointing sophomore effort, Hill has looked excellent so far this preseason. He is a nice value in the fifth and sixth rounds.
Aug 23 - 12:46 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson said second-rounder Tyler Boyd is the "unquestioned leader in the clubhouse" in the battle for the No. 2 receiver job.

This statement comes just a day after The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. speculated the Bengals plan to ease Boyd into action. The primary takeaway here is this situation remains as fluid as any in the league. If Brandon LaFell (hand) can prove his health and effectiveness, he will likely open the season as the starter opposite A.J. Green with Boyd working from the slot. If LaFell struggles, Boyd should get his shot.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 23 - 10:53 AM

Bengals OT Jake Fisher (ankle) expects to be ready for Week 1.

Fisher had to be carted off the field during last week's preseason game, but it looks like he has avoided a serious injury. Fisher is expected to serve as a swing tackle this season.
Aug 22 - 1:15 PM

Tyler Eifert said he will attempt to jog Monday for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in May.

This is a step in the right direction, but it is a reminder of how far he still has to go. On the bright side, Eifert said his ankle "feels pretty good," and he has not suffered any setbacks. Likely to miss at least the first couple games of the season, Eifert is being over-drafted in the seventh round.
Aug 22 - 12:16 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. suggested second-rounder Tyler Boyd will still serve as the No. 3 receiver if Brandon LaFell (hand) is healthy.

LaFell returned to practice Sunday and is expected to play in the third preseason game. Boyd has made several big plays this preseason, but Dehner believes the Bengals want to ease him into the rotation. If LaFell stays healthy, Dehner does not believe Boyd will jump him on the depth chart until "somewhere in the Week 6-8 range" at the earliest. The spot opposite A.J. Green offers plenty of target upside, but it is difficult to predict who will occupy that role at this point.
Aug 22 - 11:58 AM

Brandon LaFell (hand) is participating in Bengals practice Sunday.

LaFell is dealing with a torn ligament in his hand, but intends to play through it. For an already drop-prone player, it will be interesting to see whether LaFell can consistently catch the ball playing with this injury. At present, LaFell seems to be likely to play in Week 1. His effectiveness is in doubt, however.
Aug 21 - 4:07 PM

Tyler Boyd secured 2-of-3 targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game Thursday night.

Boyd has shown legitimate big-play skills through two exhibition affairs, winning a go ball for 40 yards in the opener and making a diving catch for 26 yards down the sideline on Thursday night. He added a touchdown from 12 yards out delivered by A.J. McCarron. With Brandon LaFell nursing a hand injury and Tyler Eifert an ankle, Boyd is ticketed for a significant Week 1 role.
Aug 18 - 10:44 PM

Bengals OT Jake Fisher was carted off the field with an apparent leg/ankle injury suffered in Thursday's second preseason game.

Fisher was making the start at right tackle in place of Cedric Ogbuehi (toe), and he was rolled up on the first series. The Bengals took him for X-rays.
Aug 18 - 8:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bengals fourth-round DT Andrew Billings (knee) is expected to miss the entire season.

Billings suffered a torn meniscus last Wednesday that required surgery. Look for Billings to be sent to injured reserve in the near future. The No. 122 overall pick in the draft was expected to push Domata Peko for snaps at the nose.
Aug 16 - 8:00 PM


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