Player News - Bengals

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Tyler Eifert caught two passes for 30 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

He's up to five catches for 67 yards through three games. Eifert has established himself as the No. 2 option behind A.J. Green and should be a factor in the red-zone as long as he stays healthy. In a weak year for tight ends, Eifert is a good bet for low-end TE1 value.
Aug 29 - 10:24 PM

Marvin Jones caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game.

Jones would have had a bigger game, but had a 43-yard catch called back for holding. He continued to play behind Mohamed Sanu in two-wide sets. Even if Jones overtakes Sanu, he won't be higher than the No. 3 option behind A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert.
Aug 29 - 10:21 PM

Mohamed Sanu was held without a catch in the Bengals' third preseason game.

The main takeaway is that Sanu played over Marvin Jones in two-wide sets. Sanu doesn't project for a big role even if he continues to hold off Jones. Tyler Eifert is the Bengals' No. 2 option behind A.J. Green.
Aug 29 - 10:16 PM

A.J. Green had two catches for 19 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

Green barely played after Andy Dalton went down with a neck injury. He'll finish the preseason with five catches for 59 yards. Green is locked in as a top-ten wideout.
Aug 29 - 10:14 PM

Giovani Bernard had five touches for 15 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

Bernard rotated with the first team, playing only in passing situations. He lost all goal-line work to Jeremy Hill, and doesn't have a consistent role on third downs due to blocking limitations. Bernard has just 10 carries for 19 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 29 - 9:31 PM

Jeremy Hill had 11 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's third preseason game.

Hill out-snapped Gio Bernard, who finished with five touches. He handled all goal-line work, but converted on just one of his five carries inside 10-yard line. The centerpiece of the Bengals offense, Hill is No. 16 overall in Rotoworld's Preseason Top 200.
Aug 29 - 9:25 PM

Andy Dalton left Saturday's preseason game with a neck injury.

The move was precautionary. Dalton was injured on a one-yard QB Sneak touchdown. He completed his first six passes for 52 yards on the opening series prior to going down. Dalton should finish the preseason 15-of-22 for 133 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Aug 29 - 8:16 PM

The Bengals' official website said the "growing sense" is WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

The Bengals have been hopeful Burfict would be ready Week 1. If he starts on the PUP, Burfict would not be eligible to play until after the team's Week 7 bye. Veteran A.J. Hawk has started the first two preseason games at weakside linebacker.
Aug 29 - 2:09 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis has emphasized starting fast on defense in Week 3 of the preseason.

DL Marcus Hardison told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Start out the game strong – like coach says, take their breath away." The Bengals will look to improve on Saturday after allowing an 80-yard scoring drive from Tampa Bay to start their Week 2 preseason contest. The Cincinnati D/ST will be an interesting Week 1 fantasy option as they travel to Oakland to face the Raiders, who were seventh in the NFL with 29 turnovers in 2014.
Aug 29 - 10:47 AM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson (knee) went through conditioning drills in Wednesday's practice.

Johnson will not play in the third preseason game, but even a limited return to the practice field bodes well for the regular season availability. Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in early August.
Source: ESPN
Aug 27 - 11:42 AM

A.J. McCarron is locked in as the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback following Tuesday's release of Josh Johnson.

McCarron missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder issue, but the Bengals are ready to turn to him in the event of an Andy Dalton injury. McCarron has a weak arm, but plus accuracy and "intangibles." He's completed 11-of-15 passes for 97 yards (6.46 YPA) this preseason.
Aug 25 - 2:53 PM

Andy Dalton completed 6-of-13 passes for 46 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bengals' second preseason game.

Cincinnati's Dalton-led offense managed 49 total yards and three points while playing the entire first half. The Bengals were playing with a shorter deck up front without RT Andre Smith, but it was a bad night all around. Dalton's first interception clanked off A.J. Green's hands and popped in the air for an easy pick-six by Alterraun Verner, but the second pick was all on Dalton. He fired way over Tyler Eifert's head on a seam pattern into the waiting arms of Bucs S Bradley McDougald.
Aug 24 - 10:12 PM

Bengals OL coach Paul Alexander said second-round T/G Jake Fisher is "falling behind."

Fisher was hurt before the Bengals' first preseason game and remains sidelined with an undisclosed ailment. He earned praise in the spring for his ability to handle backup left-tackle duties, and Fisher was supposed to start learning guard this week. He'll miss Monday night's second preseason game.
Aug 24 - 7:25 PM

The Bengals have promoted Vincent Rey into the starting lineup at strong-side linebacker, replacing Emmanuel Lamur.

Rey has been running with the first-team base defense in place of Lamur for a few weeks now and will get the nod over Lamur in Monday night's preseason game against the Bucs. Lamur was one of the worst 4-3 linebackers in the league last season, grading out 39th out of 40 qualifiers at Pro Football Focus. Rey received positive marks for his run defense across 1,029 snaps in 2014.
Aug 24 - 6:53 PM

Marvin Jones has resumed operating as the Bengals' No. 2 receiver at training camp.

He's back working at Z, with A.J. Green at X receiver and Mohamed Sanu entering in three-receiver formations. Jones opened camp running with the twos and threes, and continued to do so in Cincinnati's preseason opener. That may have been a motivational tactic to some extent. The Bengals need to get Jones' body back used to the physical grind. Jones is a better best-ball than re-draft pick, but should flirt with WR3/4 value this season.
Aug 19 - 8:19 PM

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