Player News - Bengals

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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

Bengals WRs coach James Urban says second-rounder Tyler Boyd has been "getting better every day."

"He’s really crafty," Urban said. "He knows how to catch the ball. He takes good angles. He knows the game. But he’s going to have to be a technician. He has to be perfect with alignment and assignment. We’ll get him there." Boyd is in the lead to round out three-receiver sets with A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 16 - 8:20 PM

Bengals.com expects Darqueze Dennard to be the team's slot cornerback.

Pacman Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick are locked in as the team's starters. The No. 24 overall pick of the 2014 draft, injuries have limited Dennard to 252 career snaps, though he did show promise last season before suffering a severe shoulder injury. Dennard is expected to be ready for training camp.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 16 - 8:16 PM

Bengals WR James Wright (knee) has been cleared for individual drills.

Wright has missed the last two seasons to microfracture surgery. His return to practice is a good sign, but Wright's training camp status remains up in the air. Mostly a special teamer before going down, Wright will compete for one of the final receiver spots.
Jun 15 - 9:12 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Brandon LaFell has dealt with some drops at OTAs.

LaFell has never had good hands, but his 2015 was ruined by several drops in key situations. It is concerning those issues have popped up again so early in his Bengals career, but the team thinks more time in the system will help with his consistency. Even if the drops remain a concern, LaFell is a sneaky bet for 100 targets as the starter opposite A.J. Green.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 11 - 10:11 AM

Bengals signed No. 24 overall pick CB William Jackson III to a four-year, $9.7 million contract.

Like all first-round picks, the deal comes with a fifth-year option. The Bengals have now signed all of their draft picks. Jackson figures to back up Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones at corner in year one.
Jun 10 - 4:23 PM

Bengals signed RB Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million extension through 2019.

Bernard was entering the final year of his rookie deal as the 37th pick of the 2013 draft. Touchdowns proved to be elusive for Bernard last season, as he scored just two after amassing 15 in his first two seasons, but Bernard did average a career-best 4.7 YPC while catching 49 passes for 472 yards and a career-high 9.6 YPR. He's a candidate to bounce back in the scoring department with the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu coupled with the injury to Tyler Eifert.
Jun 8 - 3:19 PM

Bengals LE Carlos Dunlap is aiming for 23 sacks this season.

We haven't had a blurb on Dunlap in over two years, and he's quietly blossomed into one of the league's top 4-3 ends over that time. He finished fourth in the NFL with a Bengals' team record 13.5 sacks last season and made his first Pro Bowl. Dunlap is an elite IDP every-down player off the edge.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 12:55 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects Brandon LaFell to start over rookie Tyler Boyd this season.

This could change if Boyd has a big training camp, but for now LaFell is running with the ones and in the driver's seat to replace Marvin Jones opposite A.J. Green. A second-round pick out of Pitt, Boyd is a finesse receiver with limited run-after-catch skills whose fit in the slot is questionable. The Bengals have a boatload of unaccounted-for targets after losing Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, and Tyler Eifert to offseason ankle surgery.
May 31 - 5:37 PM

Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth said he would be willing to play guard again if it is necessary.

Whitworth is locked in at left tackle this season, but he is entering the final year of his contract and will turn 35 in December. If he decides to continue playing after this year, it is possible the Bengals or another team ask him to move inside to guard, where he began his career and started six games in 2013. Whitworth earned his first All-Pro selection last season.
May 28 - 1:55 PM

A.J. Green said the Bengals offense will go as far as he and Andy Dalton take it.

"We don’t need no coaches or anybody to push us," Green continued. "We know what we have to do to get this offense to go. We know the offense run through us." Especially with Tyler Eifert (ankle) questionable for the start of the season, Green will be the unquestioned focal point of the passing game. He has a reasonable chance to set a new career-high in targets.
May 28 - 8:59 AM

Bengals second-year TE Tyler Kroft is seeing expanded first-team reps with Tyler Eifert (ankle) on the shelf.

As Eifert's Week 1 status is in doubt, it's possible Kroft will open the season as Cincinnati's starting tight end. The 85th overall pick in last year's draft, Kroft drew Zach Ertz comparisons coming out of Rutgers but spent most of his rookie campaign on the line blocking. Kroft is a name to keep in mind for early-season tight end streamers and DFS players at or near minimum cost.
Source: bengals.com
May 25 - 9:24 PM


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