Player News - Bengals

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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, second-year WR Mario Alford "struggled during portions of this year’s offseason program."

A seventh-round speedster out of West Virginia last year, Alford couldn't get on the field as a rookie and is now on the roster bubble, even with Cincinnati short on depth at wideout. Jake Kumerow has been drawing better reviews.
Jul 21 - 12:39 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey wrote A.J. Green and Andy Dalton were "more in sync this spring than they have been during any offseason workout of their career."

Two of the Bengals' most valuable players performing well in non-contact work isn't much of a story, but it's worth noting because Dalton and Green may have to do more individual heavy lifting this year. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are gone, and Tyler Eifert (ankle) is not considered likely to be ready for Week 1. If Green stays healthy, he should reset his career high in targets.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:58 PM

Bengals first-round CB William Jackson is not expected to start as a rookie.

The Bengals have been very patient with corners, slowly nursing along both Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard. They'll take the same approach with Jackson, opening 2016 with him as their No. 4 corner behind Adam Jones, Kirkpatrick, and Dennard. Jackson is likely seen as 33-year-old Jones' heir apparent.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:54 PM

According to ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey, second-year UDFA Jake Kumerow dropped only one pass during spring practices that were open to the media.

Harvey says OTAs and minicamp "help(ed) solidify (Kumerow's) stature as a true possession receiver." If Brandon LaFell performs anywhere near as poorly as he did last season in New England, Kumerow could become someone to watch. Kumerow stands 6-foot-4 1/2, 209 and ran a respectable 4.54 forty-yard dash at his 2015 Pro Day. Kumerow played college football at Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:46 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner believes third-year DE Will Clarke is on the roster bubble.

The 2014 third-rounder hasn't been able to find the field much through his first two seasons, playing just 143 snaps in 2015 after being in on 69 plays as a rookie. We'd guess Clarke makes the team, but the Bengals have flirted with veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney. Clarke and Margus Hunt need to step it up.
Jul 15 - 12:46 PM

In a Q&A on Bengals.com, director of personnel Duke Tobin indicated Tyler Eifert (ankle surgery) is likely to miss regular season games.

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey recently said he doesn't expect Eifert to be ready for Week 1, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Eifert could miss "the first couple games of the season" shortly after he underwent surgery. Tobin made the admission when asked about Cincinnati's makeshift receiver corps behind A.J. Green. "It’s a position group that’s in flux, and it’s a position group that’s going to have to step up – particularly with Eifert out early in the year," Tobin said. Eifert's Average Draft Position has fallen nearly four rounds since his surgery. It doesn't sound like owners should plan on having him available for the start of the season.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 10 - 5:24 PM

Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said he wants to stay in Cincinnati "long term."

One of the most coveted front-office assets every offseason, Tobin has routinely turned down any potential general manager opportunities. "There are very few organizations like the Cincinnati Bengals and people like the Browns and Blackburns to work for," Tobin said. "I really can’t imagine wanting to be somewhere else and wanting to work for another team." One of the key architects of the Bengals' recent success, it does not sound like Tobin is going anywhere soon.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 9 - 12:27 PM

Bengals WRs coach James Urban said second-year UDFA Jake Kumerow was "very, very consistent" in offseason practices.

A second-year UDFA out of D-3 Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kumerow spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad. At 6'4/206, he has tremendous size and tore up the stat sheet his final two college seasons, catching 143 balls for 2,447 yards and 33 TDs. He'll compete for one of the Bengals' final receiver spots.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 8 - 10:15 AM

According to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson, the team envisions second-round pick Tyler Boyd as a slot receiver "no matter what."

Hobson reiterates that Boyd is ticketed for the old Mohamed Sanu role, with Brandon LaFell replacing Marvin Jones. Hobson did praise Boyd's game following offseason practices, stating Boyd "plays with awareness, vision and an uncommon ability to wriggle free in space." Sanu drew just 49 targets last season, catching 33 for 394 scoreless yards. Boyd may struggle to make box-score noise as a rookie barring an injury higher up the depth chart.
Jul 6 - 11:25 PM

The Bengals expect second-round WR Tyler Boyd to contribute early.

"He's going to help us," WRs coach James Urban said. "We're excited." Boyd isn’t expected to beat out Brandon LaFell for the No. 2 role, but could see regular slot targets if Tyler Eifert isn’t ready for Week 1. He’s not more than a late-round flyer in re-draft leagues.
Source: ESPN
Jul 2 - 6:02 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson believes Cincinnati could use more two-back sets with Tyler Eifert's (ankle) availability in question.

With Marvin Jones and Mohamad Sanu gone and Eifert hurt, the Bengals are desperate for receiving weapons. Free-agent addition Brandon LaFell and second-rounder Tyler Boyd will be asked to fill some of that void, but a bigger role for Giovani Bernard in the passing game should be part of the answer as well. He and Jeremy Hill could find themselves on the field together often this season.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 30 - 9:44 AM

Bengals DT Brandon Thompson (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of the season.

Thompson is five months removed from a Week 17 torn ACL. He missed the entire spring and could open the season on reserve/PUP. Thompson will be in the mix for rotational snaps when healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 2:58 PM

Brandon LaFell says he’s acclimated to the Bengals’ offense.

LaFell was targeted behind only A.J. Green this spring with Tyler Eifert sidelined. The Bengals are limiting rookie Tyler Boyd to the slot, so there’s some early-season value to his role if Eifert isn’t ready for Week 1. LaFell was a drop-heavy disaster in 2015, but should see a lot of single coverage.
Jun 25 - 2:49 PM

Brandon LaFell said he and Andy Dalton are on the same page.

"I’ve been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now," LaFell said, "so we’ve got the timing down and it’s been showing in practice every day." Drops were reportedly again an issue for LaFell during the offseason program, but he is locked in as the No. 2 receiver opposite A.J. Green. That spot should earn him plenty of single coverage and a healthy amount of targets as well.
Jun 21 - 10:27 AM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey does not expect Tyler Eifert (ankle surgery) to be ready for Week 1.

It's just one reporter's opinion, but certainly in line with the 3-4 month timeline Eifert received after going under the knife last month. Eifert has also never been known as a quick healer. A touchdown-scoring force who's had trouble staying healthy, Eifert is shaping up as a major risk/reward TE1.
Jun 16 - 10:17 PM


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