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Walk-year QB Andy Dalton is "confident" he and the Bengals will work out a new deal.

"Both sides are working on it," he said. "We haven't given a deadline, we haven't talked about a deadline. We don't expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does." The Bengals have not seen enough from Dalton to warrant a big-money extension, and are not risking much by allowing him to play out his contract since they could simply slap the franchise tag on Dalton if he performs well this season. Without much leverage, Dalton may have to accept a "pay as you go" contract similar to Colin Kaepernick's in order to get anything done.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 8:14 PM

NFL suspended Bengals CB Chris Lewis-Harris two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Primarily a member of the Bengals' practice squad during his two-year career, Lewis-Harris has recorded five tackles over eight games the last two seasons. This suspension hurts his already long odds of making the final 53-man roster.
Jul 30 - 5:55 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) has been cleared to practice and removed from the active/PUP list.

There was previously precious little information regarding Atkins' recovery from his Week 9 torn ACL. He'll likely be limited to side work and individual drills for the next few days and sit out most of the preseason, but Atkins should be all systems go for Week 1. Atkins' return is a massive boost for the defense.
Jul 30 - 10:21 AM

According to Bengals.com, Mohamed Sanu is having a "monster" training camp.

Sanu is getting plenty of reps with the first-team offense while Marvin Jones is sidelined with a tweaked hamstring. Sanu has been lining up all over the field, playing receiver, quarterback, and running back. There's speculation he could have a role similar to Raiders FB Marcel Reece, who was coached by new Bengals OC Hue Jackson. Sanu will be more valuable in real life than fantasy.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 28 - 10:14 PM

Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey hinted at 260-300 touches for Gio Bernard this season.

Bernard had 226 touches last season. This year, he's the clear-cut No. 1 back and Hue Jackson is installing a run-based scheme. "You don't necessarily have to hand it off and say, 'Hey, Gio got 260 touches last year out of the backfield.' Maybe he gets 260 to 300 touches but he gets them some other way," Caskey said. "Maybe he gets 200 out of the backfield but he catches 100 passes or however it is. We'll find a way to get the ball to him."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 12:44 PM

Second-round pick Jeremy Hill has continued to run ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Bengals camp.

Hill was inserted as the power complement to Gio Bernard at OTAs and hasn't looked back. Per ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey, Green-Ellis "doesn't appear poised to emerge from their shadows any time soon" as he runs with the second- and third-stringers. The Law Firm is now thought to be competing with Rex Burkhead for one roster spot. Even if he sticks, it's clear Hill is the bigger, younger, better option. The LSU rookie is a great value at his current ninth-round ADP, as 200 carries and 7-10 touchdowns are well within reach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 12:30 PM

Profootballtalk.com suggests a trade market could emerge for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

We're skeptical because Green-Ellis is a 29-year-old two-down running back with a $2.3 million base salary, but perhaps the Bengals would try to trade him before cutting him. The 49ers, Colts, and Panthers have all already lost tailbacks to year-ending injuries, while Seattle is shorthanded due to Marshawn Lynch's holdout. Green-Ellis shouldn't cost more than a seventh-round pick.
Jul 27 - 5:02 PM

Tyler Eifert (shoulder) is "fully healed."

That was the expectation all along. For now, Eifert will have first-team reps all to himself as Jermaine Gresham nurses a back injury on the PUP list. Eifert has the talent to take a sophomore leap, but the presence of Gresham and OC Hue Jackson's run-heavy system are conspiring to put a lid on his fantasy upside. He can't be trusted as a TE1. Gresham will be a free agent in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 12:01 AM

Bengals LG Clint Boling (knee) has been cleared for training camp.

Boling's rehab has been termed as "seamless" since he tore his ACL in Week 13. Barring a setback, he'll be the Bengals' starting left guard come Week 1. It's good news for both Cincinnati's run and pass games.
Jul 24 - 7:39 PM

Bengals activated RCB Leon Hall (Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

The Bengals boasted Hall was ahead of schedule all offseason, and apparently weren't exaggerating. Provided he stays healthy, Hall will start opposite first-rounder Darqueze Dennard.
Jul 24 - 7:37 PM

Bengals P Kevin Huber (broken jaw, cracked vertebrae) has been cleared for training camp.

Huber is over the massive hit from Steelers LB Terence Garvin that ended his 2013. Huber has been the Bengals' punter since 2009, and was eighth in net-punting average last season (40.5 yards).
Jul 24 - 6:01 PM

Browns waived WR Conner Vernon, LB Brandon Magee, and DB Royce Adams.

It's not a good sign for former Duke star Vernon that the most wideout-needy team in football cut him before camp even began. Magee has dabbled in both baseball and football. Adams was just a practice body for the offseason.
Jul 23 - 8:29 PM

Bengals placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active/PUP list.

Gresham underwent hernia surgery in the spring and missed OTAs and minicamp. He's not quite ready, but should be considered day-to-day or week-to-week. Gresham is way off the fantasy radar with Tyler Eifert in the fold.
Jul 23 - 4:30 PM

Bengals owner/GM Mike Brown believes walk-year QB Andy Dalton will be the team's quarterback for the "immediate future."

Brown also endorsed a Colin Kaepernick-style "pay as you go" type contract for Dalton's deal, and admitted the franchise tag is a possibility for 2015. All in all, it's not a very strong endorsement, definitely not the kind you'd hear from an owner talking about someone he considered a franchise quarterback.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 22 - 8:50 PM

Bengals RCB Leon Hall (PUP, Achilles') is expected to be activated within the week.

Coach Marvin Lewis has raved about Hall's recovery all offseason, and kept at it this week. Hall is now nine months removed from the injury that ended his 2013. With tears to both Achilles' now on his résumé heading into his age-29 campaign, Hall will be a question mark this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 5:18 PM


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