Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals placed DT Brandon Thompson (ACL) on reserve/PUP.

The 26-year-old rotational run stuffer will be eligible to return in Week 7.
Aug 29 - 4:07 PM

C.J. Uzomah hauled in 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday night.

Uzomah saw a red-zone target on the first possession of the game and worked as the first-team tight end Sunday night. With Tyler Eifert (ankle) out and Tyler Kroft's (knee) status up in the air, Uzomah could open the season in the starting lineup.
Aug 28 - 10:30 PM

A.J. Green said he "banged knees" with Jaguars CB Davon House in Sunday night's preseason game.

"I'm fine now," he added. The injury originally looked like an ankle tweak, but it sounds like Green escaped with a knee bruise. The Bengals are counting on Green as much as ever this season after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency, and Tyler Eifert (ankle) until Week 4 at the soonest.
Aug 28 - 10:01 PM

Brandon LaFell caught his only target for eight yards Sunday night against the Jaguars.

LaFell worked as the starter in two-wide sets before A.J. Green went down with a minor injury. Rookie Tyler Boyd saw time in the slot in three-wide looks. LaFell did curiously see snaps with the second unit, but it was likely just to get him reps after he missed time with a hand injury. Looking likely to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, LaFell has some intriguing target upside.
Aug 28 - 9:54 PM

Tyler Boyd caught his only target for nine yards in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday night.

Boyd played behind Brandon LaFell, only seeing work in three-wide sets before A.J. Green left with a minor injury. He still has time to jump the veteran before Week 1, but the Bengals' plan throughout the entire offseason was to have LaFell start with the rookie operating from the slot, which is likely the approach they will use early in the season. With an uncertain workload in what could be a run-heavy attack, Boyd is nothing more than a late-round flier.
Aug 28 - 9:53 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed eight times for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday night.

He added 28 yards on a screen pass. The average does not look great, but four of the attempts came as he tried to punch it into the end zone inside the five. He was successful on the fourth attempt, showing good speed to get the corner before diving for the pylon. Unlikely to play next week, Hill finishes the preseason with 53 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He looks poised for a bounce back.
Aug 28 - 9:33 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game.

While Jeremy Hill (8-21-1) was repeatedly stuffed at the line, Bernard impressed with his patience as a ball carrier and turned a tunnel screen at the edge of the red zone into a 19-yard touchdown. The beginning to the season sets up nicely for Gio, as the Bengals start at the Jets and Steelers before hosting the Broncos in Week 3. Those were three of the best run defenses in football last year. If Hill struggles, Bernard should get increased work.
Aug 28 - 9:29 PM

Andy Dalton completed 6-of-10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the third preseason game Sunday night.

Despite losing A.J. Green to a minor injury, Dalton was sharp. After a Jaguars fumble, Dalton found Gio Bernard for a 19-yard touchdown on a well-designed screen pass in the first quarter, and he led a massive, 16-play drive for a score on his final possession of the night. Unlikely to play next week, Dalton finishes the preseason 17-for-24 for 187 yards and one touchdown. He is a great pick in the 12th round.
Aug 28 - 9:26 PM

Cedric Peerman exited the Bengals' third preseason game with a broken left forearm.

Peerman got his left arm caught underneath both himself and a defender as he went to the ground at the end of a second-quarter run. He immediately went to the sideline in what looked like serious pain. He was fitted with an air cast on his forearm on the sidelines. It looks like he will be out a while.
Aug 28 - 9:23 PM

A.J. Green limped off the field in the first quarter of the Bengals' third preseason game with a knee injury, but the team says the issue is not serious.

Green appeared to suffer the injury when he planted his right leg along the sideline. He did run a route after the injury, but he limped to the sidelines after the play. The training staff reportedly did not find any issues when testing the stability of the knee, and Green walked it off on the sideline. Even though he appears to have escaped without a serious injury, Green's night is done.
Aug 28 - 8:40 PM

Tyler Eifert (ankle) is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Cincinnati Enquirer hinted Friday that Eifert was still holding out hope for Week 1, but Rapsheet's report seems to eliminate that possibility. Eifert only recently resumed jogging after undergoing ankle surgery three months ago. If Rapoport's timetable holds, the earliest we'd see Eifert back on the field would be September 29 against Miami. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd figure to be more involved in the passing game while Eifert is sidelined.
Aug 26 - 2:06 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer projects Bengals second-round pick Tyler Boyd to catch 55 passes for 800 yards with 5-7 touchdowns as a rookie.

The Enquirer's Paul Dehner acknowledges Boyd's role has increased with Brandon LaFell battling a hand injury and largely disappointing in camp. Boyd should also see an early-season bump in production if Tyler Eifert (ankle) misses time. Boyd is on the late-round radar as a WR5/6 pick in 12-team fantasy drafts.
Aug 26 - 1:05 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects Tyler Eifert (ankle) to be "healthy the first few weeks of the season -- if not the opener in New York."

Eifert only recently resumed jogging, so this seems like an optimistic take. We're a little over two weeks away from the Bengals' Week 1 game against the Jets. Still, the optimism is good to hear regarding a player who was a fantasy difference maker last season, and now has a clear avenue toward a target increase with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu out of the picture. Eifert has been slipping into the eighth and ninth rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Aug 26 - 12:58 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to "swing back closer" to a power-running offense featuring Jeremy Hill this season.

With Tyler Eifert healthy and Marvin Jones opposite A.J. Green, the 2015 Bengals incorporated more spread-passing concepts under ex-OC Hue Jackson. The Enquirer's Paul Dehner says "the success of (Andy) Dalton and abundance of passing-game weapons didn't play into Hill's strength last year." Under new OC Ken Zampese, Dehner forsees Cincinnati resuming a rushing-oriented approach with Hill behind FB Ryan Hewitt. Dehner is also buying the narrative that Hill's "razor focus and desire to return to rookie form are very real this offseason."
Aug 26 - 12:55 PM

A.J. Green's first child is due in "about a month."

Green said Thursday that he "will miss a game if it comes to that," and there's "no way" he would miss the birth of his first born. This is a respectable stance from Green, but also one that could have fantasy implications. It sounds like the child's due date is near the Bengals' Week 3 game against Denver.
Aug 25 - 6:31 PM


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