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Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals signed RB James Wilder Jr. to their practice squad.

He'll be Cincinnati's fifth tailback option behind Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill, Cedric Peerman, and Rex Burkhead. Built in the style of ex-Titan/Oiler Eddie George, Wilder stands 6-foot-3, 232. An upright running approach led to frequent injuries for Wilder at Florida State, but he's got some ability.
Aug 31 - 3:48 PM

Bengals signed DT Devon Still to their practice squad.

It's telling that Still passed through waivers unclaimed. The 25-year-old was the 52nd overall pick in the 2012 draft. Defensive tackle-needy teams may eventually give Still a look, but he's been an obvious disappointment so far.
Aug 31 - 2:18 PM

Bengals waived/released RB James Wilder Jr., TE Orson Charles, OT Dan France, WR Cobi Hamilton, DT David King, WR Colin Lockett, CB Onterio McCalebb, DE Dontay Moch, DE Sam Montgomery, C Trevor Robinson and FB Nikita Whitlock.

Wilder had a nice night in the Bengals' preseason finale, but also missed time with injury. A gargantuan 6-foot-3, 232 pounds, he'll be a candidate for the practice squad.
Aug 30 - 3:28 PM

Bengals placed QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder) on reserve/NFI.

As expected. McCarron, whose shoulder has been bothering him since May and never had a strong arm anyway, is not eligible to return until after six games. He wasn't going to beat out Jason Campbell for backup duties anyway.
Aug 30 - 3:20 PM

Bengals waived DT Devon Still.

A 2012 second-rounder, Still's two seasons in Cincinnati were marked by injury and ineffectiveness. Still generated first-round hype before falling all the way to No. 53. His draft pedigree should earn him a second look, but there's been nothing to suggest he will be an effective NFLer.
Aug 30 - 2:02 PM

Bengals RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected to miss the first month of the regular season.

When he returns, Burkhead will slot in as Cincinnati's No. 4 tailback and help on special teams. The Bengals will open the season with a two-man RBBC of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Cedric Peerman will be the top reserve.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 29 - 3:46 PM

Friday's release of BenJarvus Green-Ellis solidifies rookie Jeremy Hill as the "banger complement" to Giovani Bernard, per Bengals.com.

Keep in mind the expectations of Hill playing a significant role in the Bengals' backfield are coming directly and repeatedly from the team's own website. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead will make the final 53 as depth pieces with special teams value. Hill's workload remains uncertain entering Week 1 against Baltimore, but he could become an every-week RB2/flex sooner rather than later on a Bengals team that wants to pound the rock.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 29 - 2:28 PM

The Bengals' website suggests the team "must have thunder and lightning dancing through their heads" following rookie Jeremy Hill's performance in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Given a whopping 26 touches, Hill totaled 160 yards while earning the respect of teammates. Terence Newman and Jason Campbell both praised Hill for the effort, which included a funny-bone injury from which Hill returned to put the game away. Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson noted that Hill's workload "typified what new (OC) Hue Jackson wants," as he demonstrated "power," "speed," "vision," and "creativity," particularly on a weaving 41-yard screen pass where Hill "deked" a safety. Hill also "picked up a couple of blitzes," although he missed one, resulting in a sack of Campbell. Hill's ADP has climbed into the late-ninth-round, where he remains a value pick. Hill and Gio Bernard are expected to share carries this season in the "Thunder and Lightning" committee.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 29 - 12:33 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis chalked up Jeremy Hill's 26 touches in the preseason finale to learning "what it's like to be an NFL running back."

"When we get to Sundays and we go down to 46 guys, and if he’s going to be the guy, then he’s going to have to be able to shoulder the load," said Lewis. "They were good snaps for him to learn with tonight." There was some speculation that Hill was getting so much work because he's down the depth chart a bit. We don't see it that way. Fully expect Hill to open as Gio Bernard's complement.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 29 - 10:48 AM

Jeremy Hill rushed 20 times for 90 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 70 yards in the Bengals' preseason finale Thursday night.

Starter Gio Bernard rested. Hill was utilized as a true every-down back, while being occasionally spelled by UDFA James Wilder. Hill exited at one point with an elbow injury, but returned to the game. He also blew a blitz pickup, getting Jason Campbell sacked. Core players don't typically get the kind of usage Hill did in exhibition finales, so it's hard to say with any certainty what this means for his Week 1 role. Bernard will be a quality RB2 play against the Ravens. Hill will be a dicey flex option until we get some clarity.
Aug 28 - 9:56 PM

Bengals RT Andre Smith missed the entire preseason with a concussion, but has "practiced quite a bit."

It sounds like he'll be ready for Week 1. Smith wasn't quite as dominant last season as he was in 2012, but remained one of the league's best right tackles. The 2009 first-rounder is still only 27.
Aug 28 - 5:40 PM

According to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson, "it looks like (Giovani) Bernard and (Jeremy) Hill could both get about 200 attempts" on the ground this season.

Hobson notes that Hill "changed the tenor" of Cincinnati's third preseason game against Arizona, and expects the rookie's "power running" to be a particular "boon" against division rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Hobson also wonders if BenJarvus Green-Ellis may have played his final game as a Bengal. Clearly the best inside runner on the Bengals' roster, Hill continues to be severely undervalued at his mid-10th-round ADP. If Gio only winds up with 200 carries, it's going to be difficult to reach the 300 touches many have projected him for.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 27 - 12:04 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed 10 times for 38 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hip) and Rex Burkhead (knee) both sat out. Still, it was encouraging to see Hill check in for the Bengals' fifth series of the game and show far more efficiency than Giovani Bernard while making his first-team debut. He ended up playing on 10 first-half snaps compared to 27 for Bernard, usage that would make sense if the Bengals want to have an inside running presence this season. Green-Ellis' status on the team still remains unclear, but we like Hill to emerge as the big-back complement here.
Aug 24 - 11:28 PM

Jermaine Gresham caught one pass for 33 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Tyler Eifert sat out, leaving Ryan Hewitt to pair with Gresham in the preferred "12" formations. The 33-yard grab up the seam was a fluke, as he didn't have a catch longer than 30 yards in '13. Gresham, an in-line blocker, is a poor bet to improve on last year's 46-458-4 line.
Aug 24 - 10:58 PM

Bengals rookie WR James Wright suffered a concussion in Sunday night's third preseason game.

He had to be stretchered off the field. This could lead to Cincinnati stashing Wright on injured reserve for his rookie season, as the injury appeared quite serious. Wright was drafted by the Bengals to play on special teams.
Aug 24 - 10:48 PM


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