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Updating a previous item, Marvin Jones (hamstring) has not been cleared for Bengals OTAs.

It was reported last week that Jones got the green light for the start of OTAs. But Jones ended up tweaking his hamstring and couldn't pass a physical. The good news is that it isn't an issue with his foot or ankle. Jones expects to be out there in the next few days. He'll likely start opposite A.J. Green this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 10:20 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis admitted WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has a "long ways to go" in his rehab.

"Vontaze will be in rehab all the way through the summer," Lewis said. Burfict walked with a "hobble" and "generally looked uncomfortable" after running off to the side of Tuesday's practice. Signs continue to point to him landing on reserve/PUP to start the season. A.J. Hawk ran with the starters to begin OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 10:14 AM

A.J. McCarron is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him during his rookie season.

McCarron spent all but two games on NFI with shoulder soreness. The Bengals have cleared him for the start of OTAs. McCarron is the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, with Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor also in the mix.
May 23 - 5:32 PM

Bengals RT Andre Smith (triceps) is expected to be sidelined until training camp.

Smith missed the final five games of 2014 with a torn triceps. Prior to going down, his on-field play was in decline, leading the Bengals to spend their top two draft picks on offensive tackles. Missing the entire offseason is a concern for Smith given his conditioning issues. Still only 28, Smith could get one last big deal if he bounces back in the final year of his contract.
Source: bengals.com
May 23 - 4:34 PM

Marvin Jones (foot, ankle) has been cleared for OTAs.

Jones has an inside track on the starting X-receiver job, but needs to prove he’s fully over his injuries after missing all of 2014. The Bengals are hoping a healthy Jones can provide a big-play threat opposite A.J. Green.
Source: bengals.com
May 23 - 4:15 PM

The Bengals' website passes along "talk" that second-year RB James Wilder Jr. could be tried at fullback this offseason.

Wilder stands 6-foot-3, 232. He doesn't have much of a chance to earn tailback snaps at Cincinnati, so lead blocking could be a means of Wilder making the final 53. He spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad.
Source: bengals.com
May 22 - 2:22 PM

Bengals signed second-round OT Jake Fisher to a four-year contract.

Fisher was widely viewed as fringe first-round prospect, but surprisingly fell to the Bengals at No. 53 where they were able to double-dip on the offensive line with their first two picks. Fisher will likely open the season as the swing tackle.
May 20 - 2:12 PM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects first-round OT Cedric Ogbuehi to open the season on reserve/PUP.

The Bengals are in a great spot at offensive tackle and can afford to bring Ogbuehi along slowly after he tore his ACL in Texas A&M's bowl game. Hobson doesn't expect to see Ogbuehi in pads until midseason, though the Bengals are optimistic the No. 21 overall pick can play year-one snaps over the second half.
Source: bengals.com
May 20 - 8:06 AM

Per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website, it's a "tight call" whether WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will be ready Week 1.

Our last update on Burfict came three months ago when the Bengals said they expect Burfict to be ready for the start of training camp. That's extremely optimistic with Burfict coming off microfracture surgery. Realistically, Burfict is about 50-50 to open the season on reserve/PUP. The Bengals have veterans Vincent Rey and A.J. Hawk as insurance along with third-round LB Paul Dawson.
Source: bengals.com
May 20 - 8:00 AM

Bengals signed third-round LB Paul Dawson, fourth-round CB Josh Shaw, and fourth-round DT Marcus Hardison to four-year contracts.

Dawson and Shaw project as early-career special teamers who could become factors on defense down the road. Hardison was one of the more underrated three-technique interior pass-rush prospects in this year's draft. The Bengals selected Hardison over Grady Jarrett, who was beloved in the draftnik community.
May 18 - 4:23 PM

Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer said rookie Tyler Kroft "looked comfortable" lining up in a three-point stance at Bengals minicamp.

Cincinnati is counting on Kroft to be an effective blocker and it seems like he's already getting the hang of it. The third-round pick out of Rutgers figures to see plenty of playing time in his first season, particularly in two tight-end sets with "move" tight end Tyler Eifert. Kroft is the logical replacement for Jermaine Gresham, who remains unsigned.
May 17 - 12:24 PM

Bengals signed No. 157 overall pick TE C.J. Uzomah to a four-year contract.

The selection of Uzomah in the fifth round officially put the nail in Jermaine Gresham's Cincy coffin. He joins third-rounder Tyler Kroft and former first-rounder Tyler Eifert in a revamped tight end room.
May 14 - 12:31 PM

Third-rounder Tyler Kroft was the No. 1 tight end on the Bengals' draft board, ahead of Maxx Williams.

It's not to say Kroft is going to be an All-Pro, however, because the tight-end class as a whole was viewed as a weak one. The Bengals secured Kroft with the No. 85 overall pick. He's expected to play right away in the old Jermaine Gresham role as an in-line player alongside "move" tight end Tyler Eifert. Kroft can both block and catch and drew a loose Zach Ertz comparison pre-draft.
Source: bengals.com
May 12 - 9:09 PM

Bengals signed No. 197 overall pick S Derron Smith to a four-year contract.

The Fresno State product was a difference maker in the Mountain West, but isn't a high-end athlete by NFL standards. Working in Smith's favor is versatility, as he can man the slot as well as both safety positions. Special teams will be his rookie home.
May 12 - 4:00 PM

Bengals signed seventh-round WR/KR Mario Alford to a four-year contract.

At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Alford is too small to become more than a sub-package contributor on offense. He did run 4.25 at the West Virginia Pro Day and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior. Alford should make Bengals-fan whipping-boy Brandon Tate expendable on special teams.
May 10 - 1:56 PM


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