Player News - Bengals

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The Bengals have ranked top ten in the NFL in both rushing attempts and red-zone carries in each of the past three seasons.

While Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill's presence on the roster increases Joe Mixon's fantasy risk, it's also true that Mixon will run into a bevy of opportunity should he seize lead back duties before Week 1. Mixon's chances are helped by Bernard's (ACL) questionable status for the opener. Mixon is going in the RB15-18 range in early drafts. You can read more about this year's Bengals in Evan Silva's Team Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 19 - 5:09 PM

A "Cincinnati staffer" told MMQB's Albert Breer second-round RB Joe Mixon has looked like "a beast" this offseason.

Mixon's acceleration and speed have reportedly "stood out" during offseason practices, and he is also working diligently to improve in pass protection. Mixon is almost guaranteed an early-season role with Giovani Bernard likely to miss games while recovering from an ACL tear, and he looks to be positioning himself for a run at the starting job. If he earns it, Mixon has RB1 upside.
Source: MMQB
Jun 15 - 11:00 AM

Bengals second-rounder Joe Mixon is back down to 228 pounds.

Coach Marvin Lewis called out Mixon for being out of shape back at rookie camp shortly after he was drafted, and Mixon revealed he was tipping the scales at 238 pounds due to all the travel and "eating good" he was doing on pre-draft visits. He wants to play between 223-228 after being 226 at Oklahoma.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 10:08 AM

Bengals first-round pick John Ross (shoulder surgery) may not be ready for the start of training camp.

NFL teams open camps in late July and rookies usually report earlier, but Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson doesn't expect Ross to be ready before "early August or so." Ross postponed his labrum repair until after the NFL Combine, then missed all of OTAs due to the University of Washington's late graduation. Ross will need to pick things up quickly to earn a Week 1 starting job.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 12 - 8:22 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson hinted Giovani Bernard (ACL) could be held out of the "first couple of regular season games."

It's plugged-in speculation from Hobson, one of the best team website writers in the business. "I imagine they don’t want to rush (Bernard) back into the first couple of regular-season games," wrote Hobson, who suggested Joe Mixon could open the season playing on passing downs. Hobson said he does expect Bernard to avoid the reserve/PUP list. Hobson added Mixon "has been pretty impressive" at spring practices. Gio is working off to the side while rehabbing his Week 11 ACL tear.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 12 - 8:13 PM

Bengals.com confirms sophomore Andrew Billings is expected to take over as the team's starting nose tackle.

It's a big ask of Billings, a 2016 fourth-round pick who spent his entire rookie campaign on I.R. with a knee injury. Billings was an excellent prospect coming out of Baylor, though, testing as an elite athlete after earning Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year at age 20. The Bengals will likely wind up using a rotation of Billings and Pat Sims to replace Domata Peko (Broncos).
Source: bengals.com
Jun 12 - 8:07 PM

Bengals signed third-round DE Jordan Willis to a four-year contract.

A 39-game starter at K-State, Willis racked up enough sacks and pressures to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. High-motor, Willis also tested as an exceptional athlete, generating a 94th-percentile SPARQ score. Willis is a work-in-progress against the run, but he should have an immediate rookie role as a situational pass rusher.
Jun 8 - 1:02 PM

Bengals signed fifth-round OG J.J. Dielman to a four-year contract.

A 31-game starter at Utah, Dielman projects as an interior backup in Cincy.
Jun 7 - 3:09 PM

Bengals second-rounder Joe Mixon will train with Adrian Peterson for "at least two weeks" this summer.

Peterson owns a Houston-area gym, O Athletik, where he and Mixon will grind between minicamp and training camp. Both backs are products of Oklahoma, helping the two form a bond. Plenty of players from different teams work out together in parts of the offseason, so this isn't something new, but it can't hurt Mixon to pick the brain of one of the best to ever do it.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 7:42 PM

Bengals sixth-round DB Brandon Wilson has been sidelined throughout OTAs with a "tweaked" knee.

He participated in rookie minicamp but quickly got hurt and has only been able to do side work. The Bengals have listed Wilson as a safety after he played corner, running back, and returned kicks at Houston. He had a monster Pro Day, running a 4.36 forty with an 11-foot-1 broad jump. He figures to immediately be a special teams centerpiece with the potential to become more.
Jun 6 - 7:26 PM

Bengals LCB Dre Kirkpatrick (hand) was on the practice field for Tuesday's OTAs.

Kirkpatrick was expected to miss the rest of the offseason program after breaking his hand in a "freak accident," but ESPN's Katherine Terrell said the corner was able to get in some work during positional drills. He should be fine for training camp.
Jun 6 - 12:28 PM

Bengals signed No. 48 overall pick RB Joe Mixon to a four-year contract.

The Bengals and Vikings swapped second-round picks in April, with Minnesota coming up to No. 41 to grab Dalvin Cook while the Bengals moved back and still saw Mixon fall in their lap. Not much has been talked about at OTAs regarding Mixon's performance, but Andy Dalton did praise his versatility, while beat writer Katherine Terrell expects Mixon to get a "heavy dose" of playing time right away. He has a chance to develop into an every-down back almost immediately. Mixon has been going in the third round of MFL10s.
Jun 2 - 11:55 AM

The Bengals have been using fourth-rounder Carl Lawson at linebacker.

It sounds like the Bengals want to get Lawson on the field for all three downs and are using him off the line on first and second downs and putting his hand in the dirt as a pure pass rusher on third down. "I think he’s going to be a damn good player," DC Paul Guenther said. "You can do a whole bunch of things with him once he understands the schematics of the defense. It’s a whole new chess piece for us." Lawson slipped in the draft due to medical concerns.
Source: bengals.com
May 31 - 9:48 AM

A.J. Green is aiming to play seven more seasons.

Two months shy of his 29th birthday, Green is headed into his seventh NFL campaign. Green has had a few injury issues in recent years, missing nine games over the past three seasons, but has largely been durable. Seven more years would put him toward the outer limits of typical receiver shelf life, but there's been nothing in his career to date that suggests he can't do it.
May 30 - 2:11 PM

According to ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell, WLB Vontaze Burfict "looks like he's dropped a lot of weight" over the offseason.

We're taking it as a good thing. Burfict looked a bit chunky last season as he dealt with numerous knee, foot, and brain injuries early and late in the year. He still had a strong season in Pro Football Focus' metrics, grading out as their No. 3-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker out of 31 qualifiers. When on the top of his game, Burfict is an elite talent at his position. He's still just 26 years old.
May 26 - 10:25 AM


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