Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Jason La Canfora, the Bengals "anticipate a bigger role" for Joe Mixon going forward.

La Canfora expects Mixon to be one of the "primary beneficiaries" of Bill Lazor's promotion to OC and believes the "division of labor" in Cincinnati's backfield will soon "skew further in his direction." Mixon leads the team with 17 carries, though he's been significantly out-snapped by passing-down back Giovani Bernard. If Mixon's role does increase, it will likely come at the expense of Jeremy Hill, who has shown little in the early going (12 carries for 43 yards).
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 9:23 AM

Bengals TE Tyler Kroft is in line for an expanded Week 3 role.

Kroft is expected to see more snaps with Tyler Eifert sidelined. He should play in two tight end sets with C.J. Uzomah, who was taken off the injury report this week. Kroft is a red-zone threat, but doesn’t project for more than a few targets.
Source: ESPN
Sep 23 - 9:05 PM

John Ross (knee) is out for Week 3 against the Packers.

It was the expected outcome after Ross missed practice on both Thursday and Friday. With Tyler Eifert (back, knee) also sidelined for Week 3, A.J. Green should dominate targets and Brandon LaFell makes for an intriguing deep sleeper.
Sep 22 - 1:09 PM

Tyler Eifert (back, knee) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Packers.

No surprise. It'll be C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft at tight end for the Bengals. Eifert's lack of production and injury history is making him a hard player to keep in redraft leagues. He's by no means a must-hold at this point.
Sep 22 - 12:14 PM

John Ross (knee) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

In OC Bill Lazor's first game as the play caller, it'll be Brandon LaFell and Alex Erickson/Tyler Boyd behind A.J. Green. Ross can't seem to get or stay healthy.
Sep 22 - 11:35 AM

Tyler Eifert (back, knee) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

John Ross (knee) also remained out. Neither is expected to play Sunday against the Packers. Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will fill in for Eifert at tight end.
Sep 22 - 11:33 AM

ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell expects Tyler Eifert (back, knee) to miss Week 3 against the Packers.

Eifert didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday and wasn't even seen on the rehab field. The Bengals will make an official ruling on his status after Friday's walkthrough, though Eifert's absence already seems like a foregone conclusion. Expect Tyler Kroft to start in his place.
Sep 21 - 2:48 PM

Bengals WR John Ross (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Ross' knee was the issue that held him out in Week 1, but he was listed as "limited" on Wednesday with an illness. Today he was DNP with the troublesome knee. The Bengals could just be managing Ross' reps, but it's also possible he suffered a setback. Even if Ross does suit up against the Pack, he will be nothing more than a dart throw WR5.
Sep 21 - 2:27 PM

Tyler Eifert (knee, back) did not practice Thursday.

After also missing Wednesday's session, it seems unlikely Eifert is ready to go this week. Luckily, there are several streaming options available at tight end including Jared Cook and Ben Watson.
Sep 21 - 11:37 AM

Tyler Eifert (knee, back) is not practicing Wednesday.

Eifert has been a total bust through two weeks, notching just four catches for 46 yards on five targets. He's become a bench stash at best as a chronically injured player in a broken offense. C.J. Uzomah (ankle) is back at practice.
Sep 20 - 1:07 PM

Tyler Boyd said he does not know why he was inactive Week 2.

"I guess they needed more roles on special teams or whatever they need," Boyd said, "but I haven't gotten a specific answer." Coach Marvin Lewis made it clear Boyd was not dealing with an injury after the game, suggesting there is something going on behind the scenes. Perhaps Boyd will return to the lineup under the new coordinator, but he still does not need to be owned in redraft formats.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyler Eifert is dealing with back and knee injuries which have put his Week 3 status in doubt.

Even through his dreadful start, Eifert owners could at least take solace in the oft-injured tight end's health, but that is no longer the case. Going up against a Packers defense which has shut down Jimmy Graham and Austin Hooper to open the season, Eifert will just be a touchdown dart throw even if he is active this week.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Across his career, Andy Dalton has averaged 21.85 fantasy points (255.89 yards, 1.76 touchdowns) with Eifert and 18.49 (226.6 yards, 1.35 touchdowns) without him, per RotoViz. In turn, A.J. Green has seen a dip too; he's averaged 18.55 PPR points with Eifert (6/9.97/88.32/0.62) and 16.91 without him (5.42/9.15/80.88/0.54). Eifert’s absence would allow the Packers to hone in on Green, potentially hurting his efficiency and taking away end zone targets. Green may be riskier than it appears if Eifert is sidelined.
Sep 18 - 11:57 AM

Profootballtalk reports a "near mutiny" forced Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to fire OC Ken Zampese.

A source tells PFT's Mike Florio multiple players wanted Zampese gone, including A.J. Green, who called out the playcalling following Thursday's loss. Promoting Bill Lazor to offensive coordinator is a step in the right direction, but Lewis is clearly feeling pressure after embarrassing losses to open the season. Already in lame-duck status, Lewis could be on the hot seat if he doesn't turn things around.
Sep 15 - 7:44 PM

Bengals promoted QBs coach Bill Lazor to offensive coordinator.

It's a move that shows support for Andy Dalton, replacing fired OC Ken Zampese in favor of Dalton's position coach. Lazor's hands were tied as a short-lived OC with the Dolphins, but he was also working under offensive-minded Joe Philbin, whose affinity was for passing at all costs. At his core, Lazor's roots reside with Joe Gibbs and Chip Kelly. We would expect him to focus on feeding A.J. Green and weed Jeremy Hill out of the RBBC.
Sep 15 - 2:52 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis said Tyler Boyd's deactivation for Week 2 wasn't injury-related.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Boyd had hamstring tightness, but it appears RapSheet got bad info or made the report up out of thin air. Lewis said numerous times Boyd wasn't hurt, which speaks volumes that he wasn't willing to make up an injury to cover for Boyd. The 2016 second-rounder has made little impact in the NFL and could be getting phased out altogether.
Sep 15 - 10:35 AM


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