Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) has been cleared to participate in individual drills during minicamp. He injured a toe on his right foot twice last season and had surgery to repair torn ligaments in early December. His 7 missed games in 2018 bring him to 13 over the past 3 years and 16 over the past 5. But Green ranked 16th among WRs in PPR points per game last season after finishing 13th and 4th the previous 2 years. There's injury risk here, but Green boasts plenty of upside at his late-3rd-round ADP.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert said he's "doing pretty much everything" in offseason workouts. "There's a couple things here and there but for the most part it's all doing everything with the guys," he added. That's about as good as it gets for Eifert nowadays. He's played in just 14 games over the past 3 seasons and had his 2018 campaign ended by a broken ankle. Fantasy owners obviously can't rely on Eifert as a TE1 this coming year -- but he's still capable of producing when healthy. He caught 15 balls for 179 yards and a score in his 4 games last season and is still just 28. Eifert is a fine shot to take late in best-ball drafts, ideally as your 3rd TE.
The Bengals added Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Anderson had trouble staying healthy at Norman, suffering a broken leg in 2015, a fractured vertebrae in 2016 and a torn ACL last year. He flashed in his healthy 2017 campaign, ripping off 1,161 yards and 13 TDs on 188 carries (6.2 YPC) and hauling in 17 balls for 281 yards (16.5 YPC) and 5 more scores. The 6’0, 224-pounder wasn’t able to test during the pre-draft process but looks like a plus athlete on tape. There’s some upside here, but Anderson’s injury history is a major concern. He joins fellow rookie RB Trayveon Williams behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard in Cincinnati’s backfield.
The Bengals grabbed Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams in Round 6 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams turned in an impressive 3-year career for the Aggies, topping 1,000 rushing yards as a freshman and ripping off 1,760 yards and 18 scores on 6.5 yards per carry this past season. He also totaled 66 catches for 561 yards and 1 TD. Williams is a bit undersized at 5’8 and 206 pounds, though, and disappointed with a 15th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’ll likely max out as a change-of-pace back as a pro. He joins a crowded backfield in Cincinnati behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. But it’s worth noting that Bernard is set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Bengals selected North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6’4, 213-pounder was a 3-year starter for the Wolfpack after transferring from Boise State. He completed a strong 64.5% of his passes at N.C. State and averaged 7.7 yards per attempt. He set career highs with a 67.4% completion rate and 8.1 yards per attempt this past season and ranked 10th in this draft class in Pro Football Focus’ adjusted completion rate. Finley has some long-term starter potential but will open his career backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. Dalton is signed with the Bengals through the 2020 season but has no dead money left on his contract.
The Bengals spent a 3rd-round pick on N.C. State LB Germaine Pratt in the NFL Draft. Pratt spent just 1 year at MLB for the Wolfpack after starting out at safety, but he weighed in at 240 pounds at the Scouting Combine and delivered a 110.0 speed score. Pratt ranked 10th among Combine off-ball LBs in tackles for loss per game in 2018 (0.91) and 2nd in the group in sacks per game (0.55). Pratt should compete for the middle job in a defense that finally shed Vontaze Burfict this offseason.
The Bengals have re-signed TE Tyler Eifert to a 1-year deal. We didn't hear of any other teams showing interest in the 28-year-old, who has missed 34 games over the past 3 seasons. Cincinnati gave TE C.J. Uzomah a 3-year, $18 million contract earlier this week, so we'll see how the team plans to divvy snaps between the 2. Eifert retains upside if he can ever stay on the field, but he's just a late-round flier in best-ball drafts right now.
The Bengals have reached a 3-year deal with TE C.J. Uzomah to keep him from hitting the open market, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The contract will be worth "more than" $18 million. That's pretty solid money for a TE with 79 catches through 4 seasons and indicates Uzomah will hit 2019 as Cincinnati's lead pass-catcher at the position. We'll see whether free-agent TE Tyler Eifert gets another shot.
The Bengals are "shopping" WR John Ross, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 9th overall pick of the 2017 draft has been a colossal disappointment through 2 seasons, going catch-less in 3 appearances as a rookie and catching just 21 balls this past year. Injuries have been a problem for Ross throughout his football career. But he posted big numbers in college, boasts 4.2 speed and is still only 23. Ross remains a hold in dynasty leagues. We'll see if he finds a new home.
The Bengals have officially named Zac Taylor their HC. The marriage has been set for about a month, but the announcement had to wait until the Rams' season was over. Taylor spent the past 2 years working under Sean McVay, but it's unclear exactly how big a hand he had in the scheme or game-planning. Taylor has just 5 games of experience as an NFL OC, all with Miami back in 2015. The Fins averaged 17 points in those 5 contests. Taylor was the University of Cincinnati's OC in 2016, "leading" the Bearcats to a 106th-place finish in total offense.
The Bengals have fired HC Marvin Lewis. He's been the boss in Cincinnati for 16 seasons, compiling a 131-122-3 record. Lewis' squad made the playoffs 7 times but never got a postseason victory. Cincinnati went 19-28-1 over the past 3 seasons. We're already hearing Hue Jackson mentioned as a potential replacement for Lewis. Poor Bengals fans.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Steelers. John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson will again serve as Cincinnati’s top 3 WRs. None can be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He hasn’t yet been placed on IR, so there’s evidently a chance he plays in the finale. Boyd’s absence this weekend leaves John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson as Cincinnati’s top 3 WRs. Ross is the best fantasy bet but is no better than a WR4 flier.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He hasn't been placed on IR, so there's evidently a chance he's able to play this week or next. But fantasy owners shouldn't bank on having him in Week 16 lineups.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has been diagnosed with a "low-grade" MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He could miss time, and with only two weeks left in the season, that could be it for 2018," Rapoport adds. Boyd's absence would leave John Ross and Cody Core as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a right knee injury. He hauled in 4 balls for 38 yards and a score before exiting. We'll update Boyd's status when we learn more.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) isn’t listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. That foot shouldn’t be an issue, but a crumbling Bengals offense makes Mixon more of a RB2 in Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) remained limited in Thursday's practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Chargers, but he won't be at 100%. Mixon is more of a RB2 for Week 14.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon was limited in Wednesday's practice and listed with a foot issue. It's possible this is just a rest day, but it's worth noting that Mixon played a season-low 57% of the offensive snaps last week. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Bengals WR A.J. Green is set to undergo season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Green is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months, so he should be back by springtime. He'll end up missing 7 games this season, bringing him to 13 total over the past 3 seasons. Durability is a concern moving forward for the 30-year-old. Tyler Boyd and John Ross will close out the 2018 campaign as Cincinnati's top 2 WRs.
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