Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

Joe Mixon currently weighs 225 pounds and is "looking to drop five more."

Mixon weighed nearly 240 pounds at rookie minicamp last year after letting his conditioning go temporarily due to pre-draft travel, visiting several NFL teams. This offseason, Mixon has been able to stay in better shape with a one-track focus as he prepares to take over as the Bengals' full-time feature back.
Apr 16 - 4:58 PM

Andy Dalton said he's looking forward to the Bengals' new revamped playbook.

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor reportedly spent the offseason adjusting Cincinnati's playbook. "The sense I’m getting is there is going to be a lot of change and a lot of learning," Dalton said. "I think we’re going to be multiple." Lazor replaced Ken Zampese after the Bengals were outscored 33-9 through two games last season. It's great for Dalton's fantasy outlook that, with Lazor calling plays, Cincinnati recorded the fifth-highest passing rate (56%) inside the five-yard line. The Bengals' offense will continue to run through A.J. Green no matter the ensuing changes.
Apr 12 - 9:38 PM

Bengals' LB Vontaze Burfict has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

An NFL spokesperson released a statement confirming Burfict's pending four-game suspension. He's still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Cincinnati's director of player personnel Duke Tobin has shown no inclination of releasing Burfict despite this news, going as far to say "[the Bengals] are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us." Following this new development, Burfict will have missed a total of 10 games due to suspension and played in only 36 of a possible 64 regular season contests since 2014.
Apr 12 - 4:00 PM

John Ross has been training with former Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh in Long Beach.

Houshmandzadeh sees huge potential in Ross despite a disastrous rookie year that saw him go the entire season without catching a single pass. "If he’s working with me, bet your house on him," said Houshmandzadeh, an 11-year NFL vet who spent the bulk of his career in Cincinnati. Specifically, Houshmandzadeh wants to iron out Ross' route-running while improving his footwork. "You get to this level, everybody can run," he said. "Your technique and ability to separate has to come to the forefront because you can’t beat everybody with speed." Ross logged just 17 snaps as a rookie while battling knee and shoulder injuries.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 6 - 3:15 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says John Ross (shoulder, leg) is fully healthy.

Ross was shut down in December with labrum surgery. He had a lost rookie year, getting held catchless in three games (17 snaps). A two-way player with only one full college season at wideout, Ross remains a project despite his clear path to targets. The Bengals are hoping Ross can make a second-year leap.
Source: bengals.com
Mar 31 - 4:11 PM

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and director of player personnel Duke Tobin both reaffirmed that the team has no intention of parting ways with LB Vontaze Burfict.

When asked if he'd consider moving on from Burfict, Lewis bluntly responded "no". "We have conversations on that a lot," Tobin said. "But at the end of the day we are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us." Burfict's undeniable talent has earned him an infinite leash with the Bengals even in the wake of a possible four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. If the punishment sticks, Burfict will have missed a total of 10 games due to suspension and played in only 36 of a possible 64 regular season contests since 2014.
Mar 31 - 1:39 PM

Bengals VP Troy Blackburn says the team doesn’t think they need to re-do Andy Dalton's deal at this time.

"We don’t think this is the time right now," Blackburn continued. "What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can." Dalton signed a seven-year, $97.09 million contract in 2014, so there's still time for the Bengals front office to come around on another extension. He's due $13.9 million in 2018, a relatively cheap number since quarterback extensions have ballooned since he initially signed. Dalton will be 31 in October.
Mar 30 - 9:59 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals want second-year DE/LB Carl Lawson on the field more this season.

Lawson played 477 snaps as a fourth-round rookie last season but recorded 8.5 sacks and received Pro Football Focus' No. 9 pass-rush grade among 95 qualified 3-4 outside linebackers. Lewis wants to use Lawson in a hybrid edge role like he did with Peter Boulware in Baltimore. Lawson has double-digit sack upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 11:53 AM

Bengals TE Tyler Kroft could be extended before the start of the season.

Kroft set career highs in 2017 and is entering the final year of his rookie deal. With Tyler Eifert returning, the Bengals only want to pay him No. 2 tight end money. Kroft may be targeting the $3.6 million annually Ed Dickson got from Seattle.
Source: bengals.com
Mar 24 - 4:12 PM

Bengals signed QB Matt Barkley to a two-year contract.

27-year-old Barkley managed an 8:14 TD-to-INT ratio across six starts for the 2016 Bears before generating minimal interest as a 2017 free agent, then closing out the season on the Cardinals' roster. In Cincinnati, Barkley will be the favorite to serve as Andy Dalton's top backup.
Mar 17 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy.

Burfict is appealing. Considering his history, we don't like his chances. 2018 will be the second straight season Burfict begins with a ban after last year's three-gamer for violating the league's player-safety policy. Burfict had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on ice for now. Through injury and endless controversy, Burfict has remained a playmaker for the Bengals, but he's probably close to using up his nine lives in Cincinnati.
Mar 16 - 1:33 PM

Bengals signed LB Preston Brown, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract.

Brown played middle linebacker for the Bills and figures to handle that spot for the Bengals after Vincent Rey struggled there last year. Rey could kick out to the strong side, leaving Vontaze Burfict on the weak side, though there was a Twitter rumor circulating that the Raiders were attempting to acquire Burfict. Brown played the second-most snaps among all linebackers last season.
Mar 16 - 12:12 PM

Bengals re-signed TE Tyler Eifert to a one-year contract.

The deal carries a maximum value of $8 million, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Eifert has barely played the last two years while battling chronic back issues, but led all tight ends with 13 touchdowns in 2015. The 27-year-old has been a dangerous red-zone presence throughout his career but has to prove he can stay healthy.
Mar 15 - 2:53 PM

Bengals LT Cordy Glenn (foot) expects to be ready for OTAs.

Glenn spent the final five weeks on IR, but the Bengals are confident he's over his foot/ankle issues. He's being counted on him to improve an offensive line that's struggled to protect Andy Dalton. After missing 16 games the last two years, Glenn could be in line for a rebound 2018 if he stays healthy.
Mar 14 - 4:22 PM

Bengals re-signed P Kevin Huber to a three-year contract.

Huber was 10th in the NFL averaging 46.6 yards per punt last season.
Mar 14 - 3:37 PM


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