Player News - Bengals

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expects DE Carl Lawson to remain a sub-package player in 2018.

Lawson notched 8.5 sacks on just 477 rookie snaps, but the Bengals still have Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. "The biggest thing that was true for Carl at Auburn, and still continues here in the NFL after his first season, is that by limiting his exposure, we're going to get more production," Lewis said. "He’s not that big of a person and so to go out and bang with the big guys all the time is not going to be beneficial to him, and what he’s going to get done at the end of the game when you need him to." Lawson could force Lewis' hand if he picks up where he left off as a rookie.
Aug 14 - 5:40 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he never wants Tyler Eifert to play 50 snaps in a game this season.

"Well I hope he never gets 50," was Lewis' response when asked about a theoretical 50-snap performance. Although injuries have prevented him from being an every-down player since 2015, Eifert did reach 50 snaps in both of his 2017 appearances. Eifert is shaping up as a boom/bust TE2.
Aug 14 - 5:29 PM

John Ross hauled in 1-of-5 targets for 20 yards in the Bengals' preseason opener.

Ross' first preseason outing probably did not go the way he hoped. He slipped on his first opportunity of the night, allowing Kyle Fuller an easy interception which he returned for a touchdown, and he failed to get both feet down in the back of the end zone late in the second quarter. On the bright side, the sophomore flashed his playmaking ability with a 20-yard catch-and-run. With Brandon LaFell gone, Ross is the odds-on favorite to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, making him a good flier in the 14th round.
Aug 9 - 8:53 PM

Bengals activated LB Vontaze Burfict from the active/NFI.

Burfict was sidelined the early part of camp by a hamstring injury, but he was never expected to miss much time. The linebacker is eligible to participate during the preseason, but he will miss the first four games of the regular season because of a PED suspension.
Aug 6 - 11:37 AM

Bengals placed OG Rod Taylor (knee) on injured reserve.

Taylor is done for the year after ACL surgery. The Bengals drafted Taylor to back up at multiple spots, so it's a blow to their offensive line depth. Eddy Wilson was signed to replace Taylor on the 90-man roster.
Aug 4 - 5:51 PM

Bengals WR John Ross opened the team's scrimmage as the No. 2 receiver on Saturday.

In their first "mock game" since releasing Brandon LaFell, the Bengals lined up Ross on the opposite sideline of A.J. Green. Tyler Boyd opened as the team's starting slot receiver. The No. 9 overall pick just last year, Ross will undoubtedly have all the opportunity in the world to flourish as long as he remains healthy. Josh Malone is also a player worth monitoring for Cincinnati if either Ross or Boyd fail to contribute early.
Aug 4 - 1:28 PM

Bengals signed CB C.J. Goodwin.

Goodwin has struggled to remain on a roster in recent months, being waived four times since December. His largest contribution to date was when he played 115 snaps for the Falcons during their Super Bowl loss in 2016. He remains a long-shot to make Cincinnati's 53-man roster.
Aug 4 - 12:28 PM

Tyler Eifert (back surgery) has passed his physical and been cleared to practice.

Eifert ended up spending just four days on the PUP list. The Bengals have been cagey about Eifert's overall status, but the sixth-year pro has insisted he feels great and will be ready to rock for the opener. As anyone who has played fantasy football for more than a year or two knows, Eifert offers immense touchdown-scoring upside, but it's outweighed by his injury downside. Eifert is a late-round TE2 flier.
Jul 30 - 2:42 PM

The Bengals are in extension talks with contract-year DE Carlos Dunlap.

Dunlap's agent Drew Rosenhaus was spotted at Bengals training camp. After investing a third round pick in Sam Hubbard, 29-year-old Dunlap may have to settle for a short-term extension if he wants to stay in Cincy. Dunlap's sacks have been down the last two seasons but he should command a deal in the $9 million annually range.
Jul 28 - 3:20 PM

Bengals OG Rod Taylor (torn ACL) is out for the season.

Taylor was a utility lineman at Mississippi, playing right guard as a freshman and sophomore, left tackle as a junior, and right tackle last year. The Bengals did all they could to address their line by acquiring Cordy Glenn and using the No. 21 overall pick on C Billy Price this offseason, but Taylor had immediate potential as serviceable depth. Cedric Ogbuehi, Eric Winston, and Bobby Hart are all likely to remain in the mix with Taylor out.
Jul 28 - 10:37 AM

Speaking Thursday, Tyler Eifert (back) said he is "100 percent" certain he will be ready for Week 1.

"There is no setback," Eifert insisted of his back injury. "I’m feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take." That "route" is the active/PUP list, from which Eifert can be activated at any time. The Bengals are wisely option for bubble wrap with a player who has averaged eight games over the past four seasons. "Injury prone" is an overused label, but Eifert's injury history limits him to risk/reward TE2 status in fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 6:23 PM

Bengals placed LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.

Burfict is believed to be dealing with a minor hamstring injury. He should be good to go in a couple days. Burfict will serve a four-game suspension to open the season.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 26 - 10:24 AM

Bengals placed Tyler Eifert (back) on the active/PUP list.

Eifert tweaked his back during the spring. He tweeted he was "feeling great" earlier this week, but his health remains completely up in the air. If healthy, Eifert has as much touchdown upside as any tight end, but there is no way to trust his ability to both get and stay healthy. He is just a flier in the double-digit rounds.
Jul 26 - 8:44 AM

Bengals.com does not expect Tyler Eifert (back) to be ready for the beginning of training camp on Thursday.

The website considers Eifert's status "as up in the air as it was six weeks ago." "Hopefully Tyler Eifert can come back and be a factor for us," executive Duke Tobin said. "I can’t predict the future on that one." Eifert's back limited him to two games in 2017. He's made just 10 appearances over the past two years and only 24 over the past four. Eifert should be considered questionable for Week 1 and beyond.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 24 - 6:22 PM

Joe Mixon has slimmed down to 218 pounds.

That's 12 pounds lighter than he was last season. "I feel real good," said Mixon. "I feel like I’m in really good shape." The former Oklahoma Sooner took his lumps as a rookie, averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry. However, he fared significantly better down the stretch (5.0 yards per attempt over his final four games) and will enter the 2018 campaign as Cincinnati's clear workhorse. He's being drafted as an upside-RB2 in most formats.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 19 - 8:27 AM


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