Cincinnati Bengals

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


Sun Sep 11
W 23 - 22at NYJ
Sun Sep 18
L 24 - 16at PIT
Sun Sep 25
L 29 - 17DEN
Thu Sep 29
W 22 - 7MIA
Sun Oct 9
L 28 - 14at DAL
Sun Oct 16
L 35 - 17at NE
Sun Oct 23
W 31 - 17CLE
Sun Oct 30
27 - 27WAS
Mon Nov 14
L 21 - 20at NYG
Sun Nov 20
L 16 - 12BUF
Sun Nov 27
L 19 - 14at BAL
Sun Dec 4
W 32 - 14PHI
Sun Dec 11
W 23 - 10at CLE
Sun Dec 18
L 24 - 20PIT
Sat Dec 24
L 12 - 10at HOU
Sun Jan 1
W 27 - 10BAL


Bengals' Bene Benwikere: Will join Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Benwikere started the 2016 season as the Panthers' top cornerback but quickly fell down the ranks and was eventually released by the team following a 300-yard performance from Julio Jones. He then had a brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers to end the season. Only 25, the cornerback could play his way into a starting position with the Bengals, who are currently facing a lot of uncertainty in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is a pending free agent, and Adam Jones' best days may be behind him. William Jackson III, the Bengals' 2016 first-round pick, spent the entire season on injured reserve, leaving his status in question as well. Benwikere adds depth at cornerback but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.

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Bengals' George Iloka: Undergoes minor shoulder procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Iloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Iloka's shoulder scope was reportedly an outpatient procedure, so there is little concern from the Bengals that he'll miss much time. The rangy safety had a strong season by IDP standards in the defensive backfield as he racked up 74 tackles and picked off three passes.

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Bengals' William Jackson III: Fully expected to return for spring workouts
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Jackson (pectoral) is expected to be full-go for spring workouts, reports.

Jackson lost his rookie season to a pectoral tear suffered in practice last August but appears to have recovered nicely. In fact, the Bengals had plans to activate the cornerback from injured reserve before RB Giovani Bernard (knee - ACL) went down in November, prompting the team to change course and use its sole 'Designated for Return' tag on RB Cedric Peerman instead. Since Jackson had come this close to playing, it appears he could already be fully healthy. Thus, it comes as little surprise that he's expected back for spring workouts in April. With No. 1 CB Dre Kirkpatrick an unrestricted free agent and starting complement Adam Jones potentially facing legal discipline, those workouts could be the starting point for Jackson's quest to claim a first-string role in 2017.

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Bengals' Andrew Billings: Progressing in recovery from knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Billings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered from his preseason injury in December, reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do."

Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko now an unrestricted free agent.

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Bengals' Chris Brown: Claimed off waivers by Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Brown was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Wednesday, Field Yates of reports.

An undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, Brown joined the Cowboys for the preseason but ended up breaking his foot, which kept him sidelined for the duration of the 2016 campaign. After being waived by the Cowboys, the Bengals saw enough potential to give him a look, so he should be with the team throughout at least the offseason. Still, Brown will likely have a tough time making the final roster and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to return to his pre-injury form.

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