Player News - Bengals

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Tyler Boyd said he does not know why he was inactive Week 2.

"I guess they needed more roles on special teams or whatever they need," Boyd said, "but I haven't gotten a specific answer." Coach Marvin Lewis made it clear Boyd was not dealing with an injury after the game, suggesting there is something going on behind the scenes. Perhaps Boyd will return to the lineup under the new coordinator, but he still does not need to be owned in redraft formats.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyler Eifert is dealing with back and knee injuries which have put his Week 3 status in doubt.

Even through his dreadful start, Eifert owners could at least take solace in the oft-injured tight end's health, but that is no longer the case. Going up against a Packers defense which has shut down Jimmy Graham and Austin Hooper to open the season, Eifert will just be a touchdown dart throw even if he is active this week.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Across his career, Andy Dalton has averaged 21.85 fantasy points (255.89 yards, 1.76 touchdowns) with Eifert and 18.49 (226.6 yards, 1.35 touchdowns) without him, per RotoViz. In turn, A.J. Green has seen a dip too; he's averaged 18.55 PPR points with Eifert (6/9.97/88.32/0.62) and 16.91 without him (5.42/9.15/80.88/0.54). Eifert’s absence would allow the Packers to hone in on Green, potentially hurting his efficiency and taking away end zone targets. Green may be riskier than it appears if Eifert is sidelined.
Sep 18 - 11:57 AM

Profootballtalk reports a "near mutiny" forced Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to fire OC Ken Zampese.

A source tells PFT's Mike Florio multiple players wanted Zampese gone, including A.J. Green, who called out the playcalling following Thursday's loss. Promoting Bill Lazor to offensive coordinator is a step in the right direction, but Lewis is clearly feeling pressure after embarrassing losses to open the season. Already in lame-duck status, Lewis could be on the hot seat if he doesn't turn things around.
Sep 15 - 7:44 PM

Bengals promoted QBs coach Bill Lazor to offensive coordinator.

It's a move that shows support for Andy Dalton, replacing fired OC Ken Zampese in favor of Dalton's position coach. Lazor's hands were tied as a short-lived OC with the Dolphins, but he was also working under offensive-minded Joe Philbin, whose affinity was for passing at all costs. At his core, Lazor's roots reside with Joe Gibbs and Chip Kelly. We would expect him to focus on feeding A.J. Green and weed Jeremy Hill out of the RBBC.
Sep 15 - 2:52 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis said Tyler Boyd's deactivation for Week 2 wasn't injury-related.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Boyd had hamstring tightness, but it appears RapSheet got bad info or made the report up out of thin air. Lewis said numerous times Boyd wasn't hurt, which speaks volumes that he wasn't willing to make up an injury to cover for Boyd. The 2016 second-rounder has made little impact in the NFL and could be getting phased out altogether.
Sep 15 - 10:35 AM

Speaking after Thursday night's Week 2 loss to the Texans, A.J. Green intimated he needs the ball more.

"We are playing like sh-- right now. We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That's it. It's a superstar-driven league," Green, one of the league's true superstars, said. "I feel like – no disrespect to nobody else – that ball should be mine somewhere somehow. ... I want the ball." Green has seen a combined 18 targets through two games, which is good volume, but considering how poorly this offense has played, he needs it even more. Expect the Bengals to regroup and grease the squeaky wheel come Week 3 against Green Bay.
Sep 15 - 8:32 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Tyler Boyd was inactive for Week 2 due to a tight hamstring.

It was initially declared Boyd was a healthy scratch for Thursday night's eventual loss to the Texans, but RapSheet says the tight hammy "came real late in the process," suggesting Boyd may have pulled it in warmups. We doubt he suddenly went from playing nearly 70% of the Week 1 snaps to scratched, even with John Ross debuting. Boyd has 10 days to get ready for Week 3.
Sep 15 - 8:14 AM

Bengals WR Alex Erickson caught 4-of-6 targets for 62 yards in Cincinnati's Week 2 loss to the Texans.

For whatever reason, Erickson also notched a two-yard carry. The Bengals went with Erickson over healthy scratch Tyler Boyd, then went with Erickson as their third receiver after John Ross lost a first quarter fumble. By Pro Football Focus' count, Erickson played 37 snaps. He did nothing to stand out. Despite the Bengals coaching staff's evident love, Erickson doesn't seem like a player we'll hear much from in 2017, though the 2016 UDFA was up for all 16 games as a rookie.
Sep 15 - 12:19 AM

Making his NFL debut, John Ross was benched after losing a first quarter fumble in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Kareem Jackson put his helmet on the ball at the end of a 12-yard end around. Jadeveon Clowney then picked it up for a long return. Ross wasn't heard from afterward, with the Bengals going with second-year UDFA slot man "Alex Erickson." We're assuming Ross learned a "hard lesson," or something. It's unclear what cliche coach Marvin Lewis will go with. It could be a while before Ross establishes re-draft value.
Sep 15 - 12:16 AM

Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-7 targets for 30 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

LaFell could have had a much bigger night, but Andy Dalton completely missed him on what likely would have been a home-free 73-yard touchdown in the second quarter. LaFell now has seven grabs for 54 yards through two games.
Sep 15 - 12:13 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed five times for 10 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans, adding two receptions for 16 additional yards.

Bernard remained in a three-man running rotation with Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon, though he doubled them up in passing-game targets (4-2). Whatever happens on early downs in Cincinnati, we know it's not going to involve Bernard taking the lead. He remains best quarantined to PPR formats.
Sep 15 - 12:11 AM

Joe Mixon rushed nine times for 36 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Mixon added a five-yard reception. Jeremy Hill once again got the start, but Mixon was out there for Cincinnati's second series. Mixon led the team in carries, but Hill and Giovani Bernard combined for 11, generating a putrid 27 yards. Mixon didn't flash in any particular fashion, but the 0-2 Bengals would seem to have every incentive to see what he can do with a bigger workload. Incentive or not, Mixon will be a high-risk RB3 for next week's trip to Green Bay.
Sep 15 - 12:07 AM

Jeremy Hill rushed six times for 17 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Hill "added" a two-yard reception. Coach Marvin Lewis is all in on Hill "starting," giving him the first carry tonight. Hill gained five yards before totaling 12 yards on his next five totes. Lewis insisted on a three-man committee of Hill, Mixon and Giovani Bernard, allowing none of the three to establish a rhythm. Mixon came closest. With the Bengals' season already on the brink, it's time to see what second-rounder Mixon can do. Hill has given zero indication he will develop into a fantasy factor.
Sep 15 - 12:04 AM

Tyler Eifert caught 3-of-4 targets for 42 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Eifert appeared to have himself a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but was instead called for illegal touching after going out of bounds and failing to re-establish himself before catching Andy Dalton's end zone pass. He was also shaken up on multiple occasions, but never announced with an injury. Eifert now has just four catches for 46 yards through the Bengals' first two games. With the Bengals' offense in disarray, Eifert will be a low-end TE1 for next week's trip to Green Bay.
Sep 14 - 11:59 PM

A.J. Green caught 5-of-8 targets for 67 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Green's night would have been a total loss had he not managed to pull down a 50-yard bomb between three Texans defensive backs. Andy Dalton simply heaved the ball down the field, and All-Pro Green managed to track it. With Dalton going completely off the rails, Green now has just 10 catches for 141 yards through two games. The Packers aren't an overly-imposing Week 3 matchup, but Green should maybe be considered a lower-end WR1 until/if the Bengals figure out how to get the car out of neutral.
Sep 14 - 11:43 PM


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