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The Bengals selected LSU QB Joe Burrow with the 1st pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow looked like a mid- to late-round prospect at this time a year ago. He redshirted his 1st season at Ohio State and then backed up J.T. Barrett for the next 2. Burrow transferred to LSU in 2018, when he mustered just 2,894 passing yards with 16 TDs on a 58% completion rate and 7.6 yards per attempt. Then came a massive 2019: 5,671 yards, 60 TDs, just 6 INTs, a 76% completion rate and 10.8 yards per attempt. Burrow received the highest passing grade from Pro Football Focus since the site started grading college players in 2014. We could point out the fact that the breakout season came as a 22-year-old, 5th-year senior playing with a loaded group of weapons. But watch Burrow and it’s tough to not fall in love. He has incredible pocket presence and mobility, is pinpoint accurate to all levels of the field and has underrated athleticism, totaling 767 rushing yards and 12 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He’ll be under center for Cincinnati come Week 1, whether or not QB Andy Dalton is traded. Burrow will have a nice group of weapons at his disposal in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate and Joe Mixon. Hopefully the Bengals use the rest of this draft to bolster their offensive line.

2:03pm EDT 3/25/20

According to multiple reports, the Bengals have agreed to a 3-year deal with S Vonn Bell. The former Saint joins a secondary that returns both starters at safety: Shawn Williams and Jessie Bates. Cincinnati's primary slot CB Darqueze Dennard, however, left for Jacksonville in free agency this offseason. We'd bet on that role being at least part of the plan for Bell with the Bengals -- and perhaps his primary job. We'll keep an eye out for word from the coaches as we move into 2020 IDP rankings time.

The Ravens have traded TE Hayden Hurst and a 4th-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for 2nd- and 5th-rounders. The 25th overall pick of the 2018 draft was a bust in Baltimore, totaling just 43 catches for 512 yards and 3 TDs over the past 2 seasons. Hurst is still just 26, though, and closed his college career with 48-616-1 and 44-559-2 receiving lines. There should be untapped pass-catching potential here. And Hurst now gets a major opportunity in Atlanta, where TE Austin Hooper and his 6.4 targets per game over the last 2 seasons just walked out the door.

The Saints had a walkthrough practice Wednesday, according to NOLA.com's Amie Just. They listed S Vonn Bell as a limited participant. That marks progress after Bell missed all practices and both games with a knee injury over the past 2 weeks. We'll see if he's ready for Sunday's visit to Carolina.

Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official website reports that RB Joe Mixon has been battling a stomach bug over the last 24 hours. "Keep an eye on his workload – not yet known how much he will play today against the Dolphins," Contipelli adds. Mixon was set up beautifully in a workhorse role in a plus matchup. Now that volume is less certain. We've bumped Mixon down the Week 16 Rankings, but his upside keeps him in RB1 territory.

8:12am EST 12/21/19

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee) out for the 2nd straight game. His replacement, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, is questionable with the concussion that knocked him out of Monday night's win over the Colts. The rookie put in a full practice Friday, though, and seems likely to gain final clearance for Sunday against the Titans.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (calf) isn't listed on the final Week 16 injury report. He was added to the injury report and limited on Thursday but returned to a full practice on Friday. ESPN's Ben Baby confirms that Mixon is expected to have "no issues" in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Mixon is a legitimate RB1 in that matchup.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was limited in Thursday's practice by a calf injury. We don't have any details beyond that, so it's unclear if Mixon is in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Dolphins. We'll know more when Cincinnati releases its final injury report on Friday afternoon. But for now, it'd be a good idea to stash Gio Bernard, who will serve as the Bengals' lead back in a plus matchup if Mixon is out.

4:12pm EST 12/14/19

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee) out for Monday night's game against the Colts. That should mean rookie Chauncey (C.J.) Gardner-Johnson starting in his place. Gardner-Johnson has produced solid numbers in limited starting duty this season -- mostly at slot CB. He's a viable replacement for Bell in your IDP lineup.

The Bengals have ruled DE Sam Hubbard (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Bengals starting DEs Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard were both removed from the week's final injury report. Dunlap (hamstring) and Hubbard (ankle) each missed practice Thursday and put in limited participation Thursday. But each guy returned to a full practice Saturday. Use them as you normally would in IDP lineups. Cincinnati will miss OLB/DE Carl Lawson, who is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Seahawks CB Tre Flowers is active for today's game against the Saints. He entered the day questionable with an ankle issue that popped up during the week, limiting his Thursday practice and sidelining him Friday. Flowers carries risk but is available as a low-level IDP. Rookie DE L.J. Collier is a bit of a surprise inactive. He wouldn't be an IDP target even if he were playing, but the 1st-round pick returned from his preseason ankle sprain to play limited snaps last week and then didn't appear on the injury report this week. Collier's likely still working back to full strength overall, while Seattle needed the spot on the active roster. Notably, DE Ezekiel Ansah will make his Seahawks debut after missing the 1st 2 games. He put in full practices all week and finished off the injury report.

11:09am EDT 9/15/19

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and was reportedly a game-time decision. Mixon’s snaps might be limited, and there’s always some risk of an in-game aggravation with ankle sprains. It makes him more of a risk/reward RB2 for Week 2.

The Bengals are "optimistic" that Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) will be able to play against the 49ers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Both Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter suggest that a final decision on Mixon's status won't be made until he goes through pre-game warmups. We'll get Cincinnati's inactives by noon ET. If active, Mixon will be a risk/reward fantasy play at less than 100%.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the 49ers after returning to a limited practice on Friday. The Athletic's Jay Morrison notes that "almost every player the Bengals listed as questionable last year ended up playing." And Geoff Hobson of the team's official website wrote after Friday's practice that Mixon "looks good to go." We're expecting him to play vs. San Francisco but will find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was on the field for the team's walkthrough on Friday, according to multiple sources. It's obviously a light practice, but it boosts Mixon's chances of playing against the 49ers this weekend. We'll see how Cincinnati lists him on the final injury report this afternoon.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. HC Zac Taylor said earlier this week that Mixon might not practice at all, so this doesn't exactly tell us much about his Week 2 availability. But it'd sure be nice to see him get back on the field tomorrow. Check back then for another update -- and make sure RB Gio Bernard is rostered in your league.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor labeled RB Joe Mixon (ankle) "day to day" in his Wednesday press conference. Taylor seemed to hint that Mixon won't practice much, if at all, this week in order to try to get him healthy by Sunday. Consider Mixon 50/50 for that game against the 49ers.

The MRI on Bengals RB Joe Mixon's injured ankle came back "all good," a source tells NFL Network's Pelissero. Mixon reportedly has a shot to play Week 2 against the 49ers. We'll track his status this coming week, but RB Gio Bernard is still worth adding in leagues where he's available.

"Early reports are optimistic" on Bengals RB Joe Mixon's injured ankle, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. He's believed to have "just an ankle sprain." It sounds like Mixon avoided the dreaded high sprain, which would have cost him multiple weeks. We still wouldn't consider him a lock for Week 2, though, and would be grabbing RB Gio Bernard wherever he's available. Bernard racked up 27 carries and 13 targets in the 2 games Mixon missed last year.

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