Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

Tyler Eifert (ankle, PUP) said he'll have his walking boot removed next week.

Eifert added he remains without a timetable for return, but the goal is to be back "as soon as possible." The next step will for Eifert to start running and then practicing as part of his rehab. Already on active/PUP, Eifert may not practice much, if at all, this summer and remains doubtful for Week 1. After getting hurt in the Pro Bowl, Eifert said he'll never play in the exhibition again.
Jul 29 - 11:24 AM

Bengals signed S Jimmy Wilson.

Wilson was pressed into six starts for the Chargers last season, but lasted less than a month with the Chiefs after signing in April. He'll try to make the Bengals as a No. 4 safety/special teamer.
Jul 28 - 3:53 PM

Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons confirmed second-year WR Mario Alford is on the roster bubble.

"We need to see if Alford is a legitimate contender or if he’s a pretender," Simmons said. "He’s one that I think this camp is going to be huge for him. He needs to step up or we’ve got to go someplace else. It’s time for him." It's hard to be more straightforward than that. Considered a dark horse for offensive snaps earlier this offseason, Alford is now buried on the depth chart.
Jul 27 - 10:13 AM

Bengals placed TE Tyler Eifert (ankle surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Eifert doesn't appear to be a candidate to revert to reserve/PUP, costing him six games, but he's questionable for Week 1. We probably won't have a good idea of Eifert's status for the opener until the waning days of camp.
Jul 26 - 3:43 PM

The Bengals will hold suspended WLB Vontaze Burfict out of the preseason.

It's not as punishment, but to keep Burfict healthy. Burfict has suffered a number of serious injuries, but managed to remain highly effective. Banned for three games for multiple violations of the league's policy on player safety, Burfict will be back for Week 4. He turns 26 in September.
Jul 26 - 2:59 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a "huge year" for Jeremy Hill in 2016.

Dehner says Hill "looked really good" in the offseason program. Although many have forecasted a bigger role for Giovani Bernard following Cincinnati's pass-catcher losses, it should be noted that the Bengals have historically leaned more heavily on Hill when Tyler Eifert in particular has missed time. Gio managed receiving lines of 1-9-0, 4-18-0, and 4-29-0 on target counts of 1, 4, and 5 in Eifert's three missed games last season. Hill's touch totals were 22, 19, and 21 in those contests.
Jul 25 - 4:21 PM

A league source told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Tyler Eifert's ankle rehab is "on schedule and progressing as planned."

What this means exactly for Eifert's return isn't clear, but it's better than hearing Eifert's recovery is behind schedule or not progressing as planned. The Cincy Enquirer says that "at the time of" Eifert's surgery on May 27 "the plan was for him to be ready for the Sept. 11 regular season opener in New York." Multiple reports since have stated Eifert is unlikely to be ready for Week 1. The Bengals may not know for sure until late August.
Jul 24 - 2:42 PM

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, second-year WR Mario Alford "struggled during portions of this year’s offseason program."

A seventh-round speedster out of West Virginia last year, Alford couldn't get on the field as a rookie and is now on the roster bubble, even with Cincinnati short on depth at wideout. Jake Kumerow has been drawing better reviews.
Jul 21 - 12:39 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey wrote A.J. Green and Andy Dalton were "more in sync this spring than they have been during any offseason workout of their career."

Two of the Bengals' most valuable players performing well in non-contact work isn't much of a story, but it's worth noting because Dalton and Green may have to do more individual heavy lifting this year. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are gone, and Tyler Eifert (ankle) is not considered likely to be ready for Week 1. If Green stays healthy, he should reset his career high in targets.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:58 PM

Bengals first-round CB William Jackson is not expected to start as a rookie.

The Bengals have been very patient with corners, slowly nursing along both Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard. They'll take the same approach with Jackson, opening 2016 with him as their No. 4 corner behind Adam Jones, Kirkpatrick, and Dennard. Jackson is likely seen as 33-year-old Jones' heir apparent.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:54 PM

According to ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey, second-year UDFA Jake Kumerow dropped only one pass during spring practices that were open to the media.

Harvey says OTAs and minicamp "help(ed) solidify (Kumerow's) stature as a true possession receiver." If Brandon LaFell performs anywhere near as poorly as he did last season in New England, Kumerow could become someone to watch. Kumerow stands 6-foot-4 1/2, 209 and ran a respectable 4.54 forty-yard dash at his 2015 Pro Day. Kumerow played college football at Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:46 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner believes third-year DE Will Clarke is on the roster bubble.

The 2014 third-rounder hasn't been able to find the field much through his first two seasons, playing just 143 snaps in 2015 after being in on 69 plays as a rookie. We'd guess Clarke makes the team, but the Bengals have flirted with veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney. Clarke and Margus Hunt need to step it up.
Jul 15 - 12:46 PM

In a Q&A on Bengals.com, director of personnel Duke Tobin indicated Tyler Eifert (ankle surgery) is likely to miss regular season games.

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey recently said he doesn't expect Eifert to be ready for Week 1, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Eifert could miss "the first couple games of the season" shortly after he underwent surgery. Tobin made the admission when asked about Cincinnati's makeshift receiver corps behind A.J. Green. "It’s a position group that’s in flux, and it’s a position group that’s going to have to step up – particularly with Eifert out early in the year," Tobin said. Eifert's Average Draft Position has fallen nearly four rounds since his surgery. It doesn't sound like owners should plan on having him available for the start of the season.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 10 - 5:24 PM

Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said he wants to stay in Cincinnati "long term."

One of the most coveted front-office assets every offseason, Tobin has routinely turned down any potential general manager opportunities. "There are very few organizations like the Cincinnati Bengals and people like the Browns and Blackburns to work for," Tobin said. "I really can’t imagine wanting to be somewhere else and wanting to work for another team." One of the key architects of the Bengals' recent success, it does not sound like Tobin is going anywhere soon.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 9 - 12:27 PM

Bengals WRs coach James Urban said second-year UDFA Jake Kumerow was "very, very consistent" in offseason practices.

A second-year UDFA out of D-3 Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kumerow spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad. At 6'4/206, he has tremendous size and tore up the stat sheet his final two college seasons, catching 143 balls for 2,447 yards and 33 TDs. He'll compete for one of the Bengals' final receiver spots.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 8 - 10:15 AM


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