Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th110.6 (13th)246.4 (15th)
Defense17th113.2 (21st)237.5 (11th)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 10
BAL
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Sep 14
HOU
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
at GB
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
at CLE
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 8
BUF
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 22
at PIT
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 29
IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 5
at JAC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 12
at TEN
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 19
at DEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 26
CLE
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 4
PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 10
CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 17
at MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 24
DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
at BAL

Standings

AFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Pittsburgh11-5-05-1-0
Baltimore8-8-04-2-0
Cincinnati6-9-13-3-0
Cleveland1-15-00-6-0
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Bengals' Brandon LaFell: Could drop all the way to No. 4 role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes LaFell, A.J. Green and 2015 second-round selection Tyler Boyd, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals might have opted against re-signing LaFell on a two-year contract if they'd known they were going to use their first-round selection on another wideout. As is, the team appears to have three legitimate competitors for the starting job across from Green, though whoever ends up as the No. 3 wideout should also be a key part of the offense. Even if he wins the starting gig out of camp, LaFell is a long shot to approach last year's stat line of 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns on 106 targets. Ross and Boyd both have more long-term potential, in addition to immediate big-play capability.

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Bengals' Tyler Boyd: Finds himself in crowded receiving corps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes Boyd, A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Selected No. 55 overall last year, Boyd had a solid rookie season while mostly serving as Cincinnati's No. 3 wideout, catching 54 of 81 targets for 603 yards (7.4 yards per target) and one touchdown in 16 games. It appeared he might get a clear path to the No. 2 role entering his second NFL season, but the Bengals then re-signed LaFell and drafted Ross. Instead of jumping in as a clear starter, the 22-year-old likely will be part of a fierce competition for snaps and targets alongside Green. With the Bengals' offense also featuring tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and a promising trio in the backfield, targets could be hard to come by for any wideout not named Green. Cincinnati hopes all the firepower will make up for the free-agent departures of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler -- arguably the team's two best linemen.

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Bengals' Jeremy Hill: Facing major challenge from Mixon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill received serious competition during the draft when the Bengals selected fellow running back Joe Mixon in the second round at No. 48 overall, Geoff Hobson of the team's official website reports.

Widely regarded as a first-round talent, Mixon probably wouldn't have lasted until the second day of the draft if not for a 2014 incident in which he punched a female Oklahoma student. His landing spot comes as no surprise, with the Bengals in need of a running back and already possessing a well-established reputation for adding or keeping players who come at a discount due to off-field incidents. A second-round selection (2014) himself, Hill has 30 touchdowns in 47 career games, but he's fallen shy of 4.0 yards per carry in consecutive seasons after averaging 5.1 as a rookie. He now finds himself in serious danger of losing the lead ball-carrier job as he enters a contract season, but it does at least seem Hill is embracing the challenge, as he already reached out to Mixon and told the rookie he's glad to have him around. A capable pass catcher in addition to an explosive runner, Mixon could also threaten some of Giovani Bernard's (torn ACL) usual workload.

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Bengals' Giovani Bernard: Crowded backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With the Bengals drafting Joe Mixon in the second round, Bernard (knee) faces an uphill battle for playing time this season, though perhaps he won't be challenged by Mixon as much as Jeremy Hill, Bengals.com reports.

Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL and is guaranteed to be ready for the start of the season, and Hill is in the last year of his rookie contract, so the Bengals' need for adding a running back was more pressing than what it appears at initial glance.

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Bengals' Mason Schreck: Picked by Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals selected Schreck in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 251st overall.

Schreck (6-foot-5, 253 pounds) was a productive pass catcher at Buffalo, finishing his four-year career with 107 receptions for 1,113 yards and six touchdowns. He showed decent enough athleticism at his pro day, logging a 4.76-second 40-yard dash along with a 34.5-inch vertical and 118-inch broad jump. He might be headed to the practice squad.

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