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Rookie RB Jeremy Hill is practicing at Bengals camp after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday night's preseason game.

Hill tweeted after the game that his shoulder is "fine," and he's practicing without limitations. Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner has projected Hill for 10-15 carries per game this season, but to this point Giovani Bernard has handled every single first-team exhibition game rep. We'll keep a close eye on Hill's usage in the Bengals' regular season dress rehearsal. The rookie power back has 52 yards on nine carries (5.78 YPC) and two receptions for 13 yards through two preseason games. Bernard has 10-32, with two catches for 15 yards.
Aug 19 - 8:20 PM

Bengals RB Rex Burkhead was spotted on crutches and in a knee brace at the team facility Monday.

Beat writer Paul Dehner believes it "doesn't look good" for Burkhead, who left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury and didn't return. If Burkhead's injury is major -- and early indications point to that -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot could be safe in Cincinnati. The alternative would be to carry just Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman behind Giovani Bernard.
Aug 19 - 8:12 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the second Bengals running back to get a carry in Saturday's second preseason game.

Green-Ellis only played three snaps and had one carry for three yards, but it's notable that he got in the game before Jeremy Hill. Beat writer Coley Harvey now has BJGE making the final roster ahead of Rex Burkhead. Meanwhile, Giovani Bernard has gotten every single first-team rep through two preseason games.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 12:31 PM

Giovani Bernard has played on every single first-team snap during the preseason so far.

Andy Dalton has handled 25 first-team reps through two games and Bernard has been right there with him for each one. That's meant passing downs, red-zone, short-yardage, and goal-line work (Bernard scored on a 1-yard run Saturday night). However, he's produced just 32 yards on his 10 carries, showing the same limited efficiency he did last season (4.08 YPC). We'll be interested to see if Hue Jackson mixes in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and/or Jeremy Hill (questionable, shoulder) in the revealing third preseason game. For now, projections of 300 touches and some goal-line work for Bernard seem very realistic.
Aug 17 - 11:15 PM

Jeremy Hill tweeted late Saturday night that his injured right shoulder is "fine."

Speaking Sunday morning, coach Marvin Lewis expressed no concern about Hill, noting that the only potentially-significant injury the Bengals suffered was by backup RB Rex Burkhead. Hill was dinged up after managing 26 yards on five touches against the Jets' backups. We'll keep an eye on Hill's practice participation this week. For now, it looks like he's avoided serious injury.
Aug 17 - 10:43 AM

Mohamed Sanu secured 2-of-2 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game Saturday night.

Sanu kicked off the scoring with a 43-yard TD bomb deep down the middle from Andy Dalton, beating Jets CB Kyle Wilson. The score occurred on a deep post route out of the slot. Sanu has failed to impress in each of his first two NFL campaigns, but has a huge opportunity with Marvin Jones (foot) shelved deep into the season. Having a strong camp, Sanu is on the WR4/5 radar.
Aug 16 - 10:12 PM

Bengals RB Rex Burkhead left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury.

Burkhead took a shot from big-hitting Jets rookie Calvin Pryor, and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's affair. With Jeremy Hill (shoulder) also exiting early, BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot has quickly become safe. The Bengals now have only Cedric Peerman healthy behind Gio Bernard.
Aug 16 - 9:47 PM

Jeremy Hill exited Saturday's preseason game against the Jets with a right shoulder injury and will not return.

Hill rushed for 16 yards on three carries and caught two passes for 13 yards before heading to the locker room. He ran with the backups on Saturday, playing behind veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and saw Gio Bernard get a goal-line nod for a one-yard touchdown. Through two preseason games, Hill's rushed for 52 yards on nine totes (5.7 YPC). The Bengals will update Hill following the game.
Aug 16 - 9:34 PM

Bengals rookie CB Darqueze Dennard exited Saturday night's preseason game with a hip injury and didn't return.

Coach Marvin Lewis called Dennard "the best rookie corner I've ever coached" toward the beginning of camp, but he's yet to pass Terence Newman or Pacman Jones on the depth chart, and this injury won't help. The extent is unknown.
Aug 16 - 9:18 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 22 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Jets on Saturday, adding one catch for six yards.

Most notably, Bernard was given the goal-line and red-zone work. He capitalized on the opportunity by pounding in a one-yard touchdown on the ground against Gang Green's stout defense. While we expect rookie Jeremy Hill to see the bulk of the short-yardage and goal-line carries, Bernard was pretty effective in the red zone as a rookie. Bernard should push for 300 touches in 2014.
Aug 16 - 8:35 PM

Andy Dalton completed 8-of-8 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Jets on Saturday.

It doesn't get any more perfect. Dalton torched a Jets' secondary that was minus top CB Dee Milliner and starting S Antonio Allen on the outside at corner. Dalton's big play was a 43-yard touchdown strike to Mohamed Sanu, who roasted slot CB Kyle Wilson. Dalton is now 11-of-13 for 215 yards and the one score through two preseason games. New OC Hue Jackson's offense should make things simpler for Dalton, in turn making him a better, more efficient quarterback.
Aug 16 - 8:09 PM

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is inactive for Saturday night's preseason game.

Eifert's shoulder injury is no longer an issue, but the Bengals don't want to risk him suffering a setback. QB Jason Campbell (elbow) has also been ruled out. Campbell could return to practice next week.
Aug 16 - 5:45 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes Giovani Bernard will get a "good share" of the goal-line carries as part of 300 total touches.

It's been widely assumed that power back Jeremy Hill will get goal-line work, but Bernard actually stole some from BenJarvus Green-Ellis last year. Bernard's five rushing touchdowns as a rookie came from 7, 3, 3, 1, and 35 yards out, proving the Bengals' staff isn't averse to using the 208-pounder in that role.
Aug 13 - 10:25 AM

Second-year TE Tyler Eifert is a candidate for more slot work with Marvin Jones (foot) sidelined.

Jones isn't expected back until Week 5 at the earliest. The Bengals will shove limited Mohamed Sanu into the No. 2 receiver role, but we're more interested in seeing expanded opportunities for Eifert. His shoulder is healed and he's reportedly flashing improved route-running at camp. Beat man Paul Dehner projects 700 yards and 5-7 TDs for Eifert as part of a second-year breakout.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 13 - 10:17 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bengals are targeting Week 5 for Marvin Jones' (foot) return.

The Bengals' bye is in Week 4, meaning Jones would miss only three games in a best-case scenario. The reality is, the foot is one of the worst parts of the body a receiver can hurt, and it will be hard to get a grip on Jones' recovery until a few weeks have passed. He's not worth the late-round plunge in 10-12 team drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 9:56 PM


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