Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals selected Houston CB William Jackson III with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Cincinnati's biggest need was arguably at receiver, but Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell all came off the board in the three picks preceding their selection. Corner was also a big need, however, and they landed one of the top prospects available. Jackson (6'0/189) started 2 1/2 seasons for the Cougars, amassing eight career interceptions and leading the nation in pass breakups (28) as a senior. He allowed just 40 percent of the passes thrown his way to be completed over his final two seasons, before answering pre-draft speed concerns by blazing 4.37 in Indy. Jackson's drawbacks are his weak playing strength and deficiencies in run support. He may need a year in an NFL weight room before making a legitimate push to start.
Apr 28 - 10:54 PM

Karlos Dansby is locked in as the Bengals' SAM linebacker following the team's release of A.J. Hawk.

Dansby already had the inside track before Hawk was sent packing. Now it's set in stone. Going on 35, Dansby remained serviceable in over 1,000 snaps for the Browns last season, but might not make it through another entire year as a starter. He's backed up by second-year third-rounder Paul Dawson.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 26 - 3:51 PM

Bengals second-year OT Cedric Ogbuehi is expected to start at right tackle.

"He’ll be one of the five," is all offensive line coach Paul Alexander would offer, but right tackle is the most logical spot. Ogbuehi played on the right side as a junior at Texas A&M, and the Bengals have a hole there following Andre Smith's departure. Even if he shines on the right side, Ogbuehi's future is at left tackle.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 25 - 8:41 PM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson played through a back injury last season.

Johnson entered the season with a knee issue, but it was apparently his back that slowed him. Johnson was highly ineffective for the second straight year, managing only five sacks on 862 snaps. He earned a -13.0 pass rusher rating from Pro Football Focus. Now 29, Johnson is due $4.25 million between salary and bonuses this season. It appears he'll keep his roster spot.
Apr 25 - 1:28 PM

Andy Dalton (thumb) confirmed he’s fully healthy.

Dalton has been throwing since early March. His thumb injury is a non-issue going into OTAs. Playing under a new coordinator with a downgraded supporting cast, Dalton could take a step back this year.
Apr 23 - 6:12 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson believes sophomore TE Tyler Kroft could have an expanded passing-game role this season.

Kroft showed well as a blocker as a rookie, but he only saw 15 targets despite starting three games for an injured Tyler Eifert. Kroft will never be heavily involved as a pass catcher while Eifert is healthy, but he could see a bigger offensive role with the wide receiver position in shambles behind A.J. Green. He is still unlikely to become a fantasy factor.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 23 - 11:16 AM

Bengals WRs coach James Urban said he expects his receivers to be able to play all three spots.

"We’re going to play everybody everywhere," said Urban. "We’re looking for everybody’s strength." The Bengals' receiving corps will have a new look this year without Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Most likely, Cincinnati will use an early-round draft pick on a wide receiver to start opposite A.J. Green.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 19 - 2:52 PM

The Bengals "have made it clear" they plan to extend TE Tyler Eifert.

Eifert is under contract for $7.4 million the next two seasons after having his fifth-year option picked up. He’ll play out 2016 at his $2.6M salary before likely getting a new deal. The Bengals want Eifert to prove he can stay healthy after missing 19 games the last three seasons.
Apr 16 - 6:12 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson said Rex Burkhead could see more time at wide receiver this season.

Burkhead is a running back by trade, but he has spent some time in the slot the last two seasons. Desperate for receivers after Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu bolted in free agency, the Bengals could give Burkhead more of an opportunity in the slot. Cincinnati will almost certainly add a receiver early in the draft.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 14 - 12:21 PM

Bengals exercised the fifth-year option of TE Tyler Eifert.

Eifert, the 21st pick in the 2013 draft, is now under contract through 2017. Coming off a 13-touchdown breakout season, Eifert is locked in as one of the premier tight ends in the league. As long as he can stay healthy, which has proved to be a challenge, Eifert should score double-digit touchdowns in 2016, especially with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu out of the picture.
Apr 13 - 2:59 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "really like" Houston CB William Jackson III.

Per reporter Armando Salguero, the Dolphins have done "extensive research" on cornerbacks. Jackson, who stands in at 6'0/190, blazed 4.37 at the Combine. He boasts excellent cover skills to go along with plus size, and was a ballhawking playmaker at Houston. Jackson visited the Dolphins last month. His stock ascending fast in a weak draft, Jackson is on the radar at No. 13.
Apr 12 - 5:33 PM

Bengals signed coach Marvin Lewis to a one-year extension through 2017.

The extension comes after reports surfaced ownership was noncommittal on Lewis' future. The new deal prevents him from lame-duck status, but doesn't completely remove Lewis off the hot seat. Lewis is winless in seven playoff games and has five-straight Wild Card losses. 2016 will be his 14th year with the Bengals.
Apr 8 - 6:02 PM

Shawn Williams is expected to start at free safety in 2016.

The Bengals knew they had little chance of retaining both George Iloka and Reggie Nelson in free agency, so they re-signed the younger Iloka while letting Nelson walk. Williams recorded career-highs in both tackles (32) and interceptions (two) last season and should be the odds-on choice to replace Nelson at free safety. The 24-year-old is entering the last year of his rookie deal.
Apr 8 - 2:01 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Bengals owner Mike Brown has grown impatient with coach Marvin Lewis.

"The big issue with Lewis is an obvious one: there have been no playoff victories," Cole said, "and there's a growing feeling within the organization that this is as good a team as the Bengals have ever had." Lewis has helped turn the Bengals into a perennial contender, but he is 0-7 in the playoffs including five straight Wild Card-round losses. Lewis is entering his contract year, and Brown was non-committal on his future earlier this offseason. Lewis probably needs a playoff breakthrough soon to keep his job. He has been with the Bengals since 2003.
Apr 7 - 9:07 AM

Andy Dalton (thumb) is throwing without restrictions.

Dalton has been working with passing specialist Tom House this offseason. He’s expected to be a full participant in OTAs. Dalton had a career year before going down, but enters 2016 with a downgraded supporting cast.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 6 - 5:31 PM


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