Player News - Bengals

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Bengals LG Clint Boling (knee) may be ready for the first day of training camp.

Boling's recovery from a Week 13 ACL tear has reportedly been "seamless." Even if he's not ready for day one, Boling should be ready to roll at some point during camp and suit up as the starting left guard come Week 1 at Baltimore.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 8 - 3:39 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson believes new OC Hue Jackson is targeting a "more ball-possession team that runs it more."

Hobson previously suggested Andy Dalton's pass attempts could dip into the Russell Wilson range. The box-score beneficiaries should be Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. The Bengals spoke early this offseason of utilizing Bernard a la Ray Rice, whose carries leaped from 107 as a rookie to 254 as a sophomore, and spiked from 33 to 78 receptions. Bernard will likely be replaced at the goal line by Hill, but the table is otherwise set for a nice 2014 breakout.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 25 - 9:34 PM

Bengals DE Sam Montgomery was arrested and charged with speeding in Laurens County (S.C.) on Wednesday morning.

Montgomery was clocked doing 89 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. He received a $355 fine and was released shortly after. Montgomery won't face any league discipline, but he's already on his third team in 14 months and was cut by the Texans last season after allegedly getting busted for smoking pot in his hotel room.
Jun 25 - 12:22 PM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports teammates and coaches have "just been raving about" SLB Emmanuel Lamur this spring.

Lamur suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason finale last year and missed the entire season. Now healthy and bigger (6-foot-4, 243), Lamur is expected to take over on the strong side and play all three downs with WLB Vontaze Burfict. Hobson predicts a monster season and calls Lamur the Carlos Dunlap of the linebackers as a player capable of making "athletic, game-busting plays."
Source: bengals.com
Jun 24 - 11:55 AM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website believes fourth-round C Russell Bodine is "the guy" at center.

Mike Pollak was initially penciled in as the starter, but he sat out all of minicamp with a knee issue. Bodine stepped in with the ones and now has the edge. Bodine, the 111th pick last month, has a nasty streak and impressive weight-room strength; he benched 225 pounds 42 times at the Combine.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 24 - 11:52 AM

The Bengals are hoping for a second-year jump from DE Margus Hunt.

"I can’t wait to see him, at 291 pounds and hunting guys," DL coach Jay Hayes said. "I think it’s going to be a very good improvement." Hunt was active for 10 games and played just 170 snaps as a rookie. The Bengals are optimistic he'll be a key contributor this season, but haven't committed to him as a starter. With Carlos Dunlap moving to Michael Johnson's old role, Hunt is competing with Wallace Gilberry and Robert Geathers at left end.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 21 - 6:59 PM

According to Bengals.com, new Bengals OC Hue Jackson is "from all indications, committed to two tight ends."

In other words, he wants to play "12" football to support his voluminous rushing attack. Beat writer Geoff Hobson believes Eifert's stats will rise in 2013, although Jermaine Gresham will stay very involved, because the Bengals consider him "an underrated and effective blocker." Two tight ends make sense after Cincinnati lost Andrew Hawkins in restricted free agency. The two wideouts, obviously, will be A.J. Green and Marvin Jones.
Source: Bengals.com
Jun 19 - 9:13 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson believes new OC Hue Jackson intends to "take the load off" Andy Dalton, and reduce his pass attempts from last year's 586 to "closer to Russell Wilson's number of 407."

Hobson believes the Bengals may scrap Jay Gruden's old high-volume short to intermediate passing game, and allow the "running game to open up the deep ball." This, of course, is Jackson's offense. He's a power-run coach with vertical-pass leanings. Turning Dalton into a low-volume game manager would significantly curb Dalton's fantasy appeal. It would also almost certainly curb the Bengals' team turnover rate. Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill stand to benefit.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 19 - 9:03 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson agrees that BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot is in danger.

Jeremy Hill was promoted into the No. 2 back role on his first day of practice. Hobson suspects Cincy will keep no more than four backs, so Green-Ellis would have to beat out Cedric Peerman and/or Rex Burkhead, who both have more special teams value than BJGE, and cost much less. Hobson ultimately expects the Bengals to hang onto Burkhead because he's five years younger than BJGE.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 19 - 8:58 PM

The Bengals' website suggests Mohamed Sanu could be utilized in a role similar to Raiders FB Marcel Reece.

New Bengals OC Hue Jackson was Reece's offensive coordinator and head coach 2010-2011 in Oakland. Reece finished 2010 with 55 touches, and 2011 with 44 in 12 games. Sanu was also a versatile player at Rutgers, lining up at quarterback, tailback, and wideout. Sanu isn't as good of an athlete as Reece, however. We're not expecting Sanu to make any noise in 2014 fantasy leagues.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 16 - 3:08 PM

Bengals G/C Mike Pollak (knee) said he hopes to be 100 percent at the start of training camp.

Pollak is sitting out OTAs with a knee issue. The missed time has allowed rookie Russel Bodine to get the majority of first-team snaps at center, but Pollak remains the favorite to start. Pollak has missed 22 games the past two years due to injuries, so his ability to stay healthy for a full season is a concern.
Jun 14 - 3:19 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey guesses BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be cut before the season begins.

Green-Ellis had a underwhelming 2013 campaign and looks to be surplus to requirements with rookie RB Jeremy Hill already running with the second-team offense in OTAs. Green-Ellis could be kept on as veteran insurance, but his roster spot will be hard to justify with $2.5 million in potential salary cap savings on the line. If cut, Green-Ellis would not struggle to find a new home. He still has something to offer as a steady, veteran back.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 12:59 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Bengals KR/WR Brandon Tate's "job appears in jeopardy more than ever."

Tate is a strict return man, but a good one. He played just 71 offensive snaps last season. The Bengals are deep at wideout and may have to cut ties with Tate in order to roster all of them. Pacman Jones could handle punt returns, while Danieal Manning is a candidate on kick returns should Tate not make the final 53.
Jun 13 - 10:27 AM

Bengals signed No. 24 overall pick CB Darqueze Dennard to a four-year contract.

Dennard (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) earned the 2013 Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, finishing his career with 10 picks across 40 starts. Although Dennard is not a straight-line burner (4.51 forty), he offers highly explosive short-area athleticism (11-foot-2 broad jump), and was one of college football's most physical cover men over the past three years. Dennard's playing style perfectly fits today's NFL as a press-man corner who disrupts routes. He fills a big need for the Bengals.
Jun 12 - 3:25 PM

Bengals signed G/T Will Svitek.

Svitek has been bouncing around the league since 2005, almost exclusively as a swing tackle. The 32-year-old has just 18 NFL starts under his belt and will have to fight for a roster spot in Cincy.
Jun 11 - 11:11 AM


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