Player News - Bengals

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Bengals DE Margus Hunt went back to Olympic-style training this offseason.

Hunt was an Olympic shot-put and discus thrower before ever dabbling in American football at Southern Methodist. Olympic-style training, per Hunt, focuses more on cleans, jerks, and snatches, rather than presses, curls, and muscle-isolating routines. He's bulked up to 300 pounds, but plans to get back down to his playing weight of 285-290. Entering a contract year with nothing to show for his first three NFL seasons, Hunt is definitely on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 6:22 PM

Bengals LCB Dre Kirkpatrick is recovering from shoulder surgery.

He'll be fine by training camp and has a good chance to participate in OTAs. Kirkpatrick revealed he suffered the shoulder injury in Week 3 last year, but he played through it, grading a lowly 116th among 118 qualifiers at Pro Football Focus. The Bengals used a first-round pick on William Jackson III, who along with Darqueze Dennard will push Kirkpatrick to start in camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 4:24 PM

Bengals signed Toledo WR Alonzo Russell.

Russell (6'4/206) was a four-year starter and four-time All-MAC pick for the Rockets, capping his career with 202 catches for 3,076 yards (15.2 YPR) and 24 touchdowns. Although he ran a respectable 4.54 forty in Indy, Russell's athletic limitations showed up in the vertical (29 1/2") and broad (9'4") jumps. Russell looks the part with a big body and 33 7/8-inch arms, but he frustrated on film with inconsistent effort and struggles versus press-man coverage. Russell was an effective lower-level college wideout whose game is unlikely to translate.
May 1 - 10:09 AM

Bengals signed Michigan State LB Darien Harris.

Harris (5'11/224) spent his first two college seasons covering kicks on special teams before taking over as the Spartans' starting weak-side linebacker for his junior and senior years. He tallied 13 career tackles for loss with two forced fumbles. Harris is too small to play linebacker in the NFL and not athletic enough for safety, managing a 4.79 forty with sluggish agility scores at Michigan State's Pro Day. Harris' NFL ticket will be back on 'teams.'
May 1 - 9:20 AM

Bengals signed Virginia DT David Dean.

Dean (6'1/295) made 35 career starts on the Cavs' defensive line, notching 25.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a fifth-year senior. Dean's tendency to play too high despite his short, stocky frame is a flaw that should be able to be ironed out, though his lack of length (31 1/2" arms) and limiting stature will likely prevent Dean from becoming more than a rotational reserve.
May 1 - 9:17 AM

Bengals signed Wisconsin WR Alex Erickson.

Erickson (6'0/195) walked on at Wisconsin before becoming the leading receiver as a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 141/1,877/6 (13.3 YPR) receiving line. His Pro Day workout was predictably mediocre, running 4.54 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. A career overachiever, Erickson did show well in agility tests and is a quicker-than-fast slot prospect who's drawn some optimistic comparisons to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker.
Apr 30 - 10:25 PM

Bengals selected Illinois S Clayton Fejedelem with the No. 245 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Fejedelem (6'0/204) spent two years at Illinois after transferring up from Division-NAIA St. Xavier, earning a starting job as a senior and tallying a whopping 140 tackles (4.5 TFL) with two interceptions and a forced fumble. Although Fejedelem has been typecast as a one-dimensional box safety by NFL scouts, he raised awareness at the Illini Pro Day, running 4.54 and showing explosion in the vertical (40 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. Fejedelem will open his career on special teams, but he could emerge as an Andrew Sendejo type down the line.
Apr 30 - 6:23 PM

Bengals selected Ole Miss WR Cody Core with the No. 199 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Core (6'3/205) book ended Laquon Treadwell as a two-year starter at Ole Miss, finishing his career with 83 catches for 1,297 yards (15.6 YPR) and ten TDs. Core ranked fifth in the SEC in yards per reception (17.4) as a senior and showed his long speed with a 4.47 forty in Indy. Core's other measurables don't impress, however, and his route running needs a lot of work. Core was a terrific gunner early in college and may fit best in the NFL covering kicks.
Apr 30 - 4:38 PM

Bengals selected Arizona State OG Christian Westerman with the No. 161 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Westerman (6'3/298) made 25 starts on the Sun Devils' line, earning second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. He showed his strength in Indy with 34 bench-press reps, but tested poorly athletically. Westerman atones for his slim build with long arms (33 1/2") for an interior lineman, as well as gargantuan hands (11 7/8"). Best suited to zone block, Westerman showed signs of pro readiness in pass protection at ASU and just enough punch to believe he could hold his own immediately as a run blocker. His best NFL position will be center.
Apr 30 - 3:01 PM

Bengals selected Baylor NT Andrew Billings with the No. 122 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Billings (6'1/311) earned Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, spending two years as a starter at Baylor and racking up 30 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. One of the draft's youngest players, Billings didn't turn 21 until March. Country strong with bull strength, Billings pumped 31 bench-press reps at the Combine and fared well athletically, running 5.05 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump. Billings is a people mover in the run game with enough power to push the pocket, but he slid in the draft because of a perceived lack of pass-rush ability. A great value in the fourth round, Billings could be the replacement for aging DT Domata Peko.
Apr 30 - 1:23 PM

Bengals selected Utah State LB Nick Vigil with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Vigil (6'2/239) was a first-team All-Mountain West pick as a sophomore and junior before going pro, tallying 38.5 career tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles in just three college seasons. Vigil showed adequate athletic ability in Indy, running 4.72 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. A high school running back who dabbled as a short-yardage runner (4 TDs) at Utah State, Vigil was an extremely productive college middle linebacker and held his own in coverage. He'll open his career on special teams and could earn defensive snaps down the line.
Apr 29 - 10:52 PM

Bengals selected Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd with the No. 55 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Boyd (6'2/197) left Pitt after three seasons but still set school records for catches (254) and receiving yards (3,361), averaging 13.2 yards per reception. He scored 23 college TDs; 21 as a receiver, one on a punt return, and one as a ball carrier. Boyd mixed between the slot and outside in the Panthers' pro-style offense, but may lack athleticism to consistently win on the NFL perimeter with 4.58 speed and a 34-inch vertical. On tape, Boyd was frequently tackled by the first defender and lost too many contested passes. Boyd was a sure-handed, savvy college player who projects as low-end No. 2 or high-end 3 receiver in the pros. The Bengals needed a playmaker across from A.J. Green. Boyd is not that guy.
Apr 29 - 9:06 PM

Bengals selected Houston CB William Jackson III with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Cincinnati's biggest need was arguably at receiver, but Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell all came off the board in the three picks preceding their selection. Corner was also a big need, however, and they landed one of the top prospects available. Jackson (6'0/189) started 2 1/2 seasons for the Cougars, amassing eight career interceptions and leading the nation in pass breakups (28) as a senior. He allowed just 40 percent of the passes thrown his way to be completed over his final two seasons, before answering pre-draft speed concerns by blazing 4.37 in Indy. Jackson's drawbacks are his weak playing strength and deficiencies in run support. He may need a year in an NFL weight room before making a legitimate push to start.
Apr 28 - 10:54 PM

Karlos Dansby is locked in as the Bengals' SAM linebacker following the team's release of A.J. Hawk.

Dansby already had the inside track before Hawk was sent packing. Now it's set in stone. Going on 35, Dansby remained serviceable in over 1,000 snaps for the Browns last season, but might not make it through another entire year as a starter. He's backed up by second-year third-rounder Paul Dawson.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 26 - 3:51 PM

Bengals second-year OT Cedric Ogbuehi is expected to start at right tackle.

"He’ll be one of the five," is all offensive line coach Paul Alexander would offer, but right tackle is the most logical spot. Ogbuehi played on the right side as a junior at Texas A&M, and the Bengals have a hole there following Andre Smith's departure. Even if he shines on the right side, Ogbuehi's future is at left tackle.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 25 - 8:41 PM


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