|Offense||15th||112.8 (13th)||245.2 (15th)|
|Defense||11th||92.3 (6th)||248.5 (19th)|
|15||Alford, Mario||WR||5-9||180||2/25/1992||2||West Virginia|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||4||North Carolina|
|61||Bodine, Russell||C||6-3||308||6/30/1992||3||North Carolina|
|40||Bonnet, Andrew||FB||6-3||250||12/27/1992||R||North Dakota State|
|76||Brown, Ryan||DE||6-6||267||6/10/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||250||9/24/1990||5||Arizona State|
|39||Carson, Tra||RB||5-11||227||10/24/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|93||Clarke, Will||DE||6-6||291||5/4/1991||3||West Virginia|
|14||Dalton, Andy||QB||6-2||216||10/29/1987||6||Texas Christian|
|47||Dawson, P.J.||OLB||6-0||240||1/13/1993||2||Texas Christian|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||CB||5-11||197||10/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|51||DiManche, Jayson||LB||6-1||244||9/22/1990||3||Southern Illinois|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||250||9/8/1990||4||Notre Dame|
|82||Grant, Antwane||WR||6-0||202||8/14/1992||R||Western Kentucky|
|91||Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||315||2/14/1992||2||Arizona State|
|45||Harris, Darien||OLB||6-0||224||3/31/1993||R||Michigan State|
|34||Hill, Bronson||RB||5-10||215||1/2/1993||1||Eastern Michigan|
|32||Hill, Jeremy||RB||6-1||235||10/20/1992||3||Louisiana State|
|99||Hunt, Margus||DE||6-8||290||7/14/1987||4||Southern Methodist|
|43||Iloka, George||SS||6-4||225||3/31/1990||5||Boise State|
|60||Johnson, T.J.||C||6-4||300||7/17/1990||3||South Carolina|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||280||2/7/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|24||Jones, Adam||CB||5-10||180||9/30/1983||10||West Virginia|
|11||LaFell, Brandon||WR||6-3||210||11/4/1986||7||Louisiana State|
|88||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||1||Eastern Kentucky|
|29||McRae, Tony||CB||5-9||178||5/3/1993||R||North Carolina|
|2||Nugent, Mike||K||5-10||190||3/2/1982||12||Ohio State|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||310||4/25/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|94||Peko, Domata||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||11||Michigan State|
|48||Peters, John||TE||6-8||261||4/29/1992||1||Mount St. Joseph|
|41||Raven, Floyd||DB||6-0||202||12/31/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|31||Smith, Derron||FS||5-10||200||2/4/1992||2||Fresno State|
|19||Tate, Brandon||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||8||North Carolina|
|59||Vigil, Nick||ILB||6-2||239||8/20/1993||R||Utah State|
|79||Weidenaar, John||T||6-7||295||9/15/1992||R||Montana State|
|3||Wenning, Keith||QB||6-3||225||2/14/1991||1||Ball State|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||298||2/23/1993||R||Arizona State|
|77||Whitworth, Andrew||T||6-7||330||12/12/1981||11||Louisiana State|
|73||Winston, Eric||T||6-7||302||11/17/1983||10||Miami (Fla.)|
|86||Wright, James||WR||6-1||201||12/31/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|Brown, Jon (IR)||K||5-10||202||12/7/1992||R||Louisville|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Valued in large part for his special teams contribution, Peerman may now be placed on injured reserve. In his absence, Bronson Hill worked as the No. 3 running back behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.
A 2015 seventh-round selection, Alford spent the majority of his rookie year on the practice squad, and he was battling for one of the final roster spots prior to suffering an ankle injury at training camp. Released with an injury designation, he could land back on the Cincinnati practice squad or roster once he's healthy. With Brandon Tate also released Tuesday, everything points to undrafted rookie Alex Erickson making the final roster.
The Chiefs added two safeties Friday, signing both Wilson and Stevie Brown to bolster their depth in the defensive backfield. They figure to be given a legitimate shot to make the roster after the departure of Tyvon Branch and retirement of Husain Abdullah. Wilson has a better recent track record than Brown, having played in 13 games with the Chargers last season before being waived in December.
Although his Sunday appearance on the stat sheet was due solely to a clipping penalty, Hewitt may take on some extra snaps early in the season, as tight ends Tyler Eifert (ankle) and Tyler Kroft (knee) are both highly questionable for Week 1. The Bengals mostly use Hewitt as an H-back, and C.J. Uzomah started at tight end in Sunday's preseason game against Jacksonville.
The Bengals are down two corners, with Dennard out for the season, and Adam Jones battling a foot injury. Shaw played the slot Sunday night, with Leon Hall moving back to the outside.
Maualuga was placed on the active/non-football injury list earlier in the week due to an undisclosed issue, but he's already been cleared to return to the field. At this point there appears to be little concern regarding the starting middle linebacker's status moving forward.
After being released by the Bills in September, Hill was picked up by the Saints and finished out the year on their practice squad. The Eastern Michigan product could have a tough time cracking Cincinnati's roster purely as a running back given the team's depth at the position.
In addition to the playoff sack, Atkins had 11 sacks in the regular season, second only to his big breakout season in 2012 where he had 12.5 sacks. The Bengals are still well-equipped to have a great pass rush in 2016, with Atkins and Carlos Dunlap leading the way.
Green merely banged knees with a defensive back, and he actually stayed in the game for one more play. Though limping at first and clearly in some pain, Green never went back to the locker room for evaluation and was shown walking around on the sidelines. It was already reported that he would have stayed in the contest if it had been a regular-season game. Green finished the brief appearance with one catch for five yards on two targets.
Sims returns to the Bengals after spending the past two years in Oakland. Sims was a third-round pick in the 2008 draft by Cincinnati and spent his first years with the Bengals.
Sims recorded 25 tackles and one pass deflections in 2014. He started two of the 16 games he appeared in. He started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2013, posting 54 tackles and two sacks.
Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.
The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.
Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.
The Bengals are losing a lot of their continuity, having lost Hue Jackson to the Browns as well. Kirkpatrick had a rough season, frequently being picked on a lot by opposing quarterbacks without recording any interceptions. He did have 70 tackles and 16 passes defensed, but a lot of that is based on volume being targeted so frequently.
Newman and Wright were both listed as questionable to play in the regular-season finale. The team will have four other questionables available to play against the Steelers.
Cincinnat is a 3 1/2-point underdog in Pittsburgh in Week 17.
Undrafted rookie Alex Erickson stood out for his work in the return game this preseason, making the 28-year-old Tate expendable. Tate returned at least 18 punts and 18 kickoffs in each of his five seasons with the Bengals, but he hasn't brought one back for a touchdown since 2011. He had just 33 receptions in that span, including two in 2015. The Bengals did Tate a slight favorite by releasing him early, giving him time to catch on elsewhere as a potential return specialist.
A 2014 fourth-round draft pick, Dennard finally made his first career start in November, only to suffer a season-ending injury during the game. Even with Leon Hall no longer on the team, Dennard will have plenty of competition for playing time, joined in the Cincinnati secondary by Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and first-round rookie William Jackson. With Jones locked into one starting spot and Kirkpatrick coming off a 15-start campaign, Dennard may end up competing with Jackson for the nickelback role.
Nugget might see a push from Zach Hocker on Sunday against Jacksonville. Hocker has been out the last two games with a strained tendon in his plant foot. Nugget has been serviceable but never really outstanding as a field goal kicker in his tenure with the team, though he's added to his value with his ability on kickoffs.
Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the regular season but is still eligible to play in the preseason by league rules. However, Lewis would rather play it safe and keep his star linebacker on the sidelines, keeping him safe from injuries and any on-the-field issue that could extend his suspension. Lewis said, "There's no reason for us to risk him getting hurt. It's hard because he's so competitive we have to continue to hold him back. One day he gets it the next day he wants to fight me on it. That's it. There's no reason to expose him to injury because he's too valuable." With Burfict out of the rotation, more reps will be allocated to young Bengals' linebackers.
The Bengals were without their top two receiving threats, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, for the first-round playoff game, and their solution was for the offense to feature three running backs, with Bernard teaming with Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead to receive 28 of the team's 35 non-QB touches. Bernard also added six rushing yards on three carries in the loss.
Burkhead drew the first two touches of the game, racking up 23 yards on an end-around on his only carry of the day and adding 34 yards on three receptions over the course of the game. He managed just 76 yards on 16 touches during the regular season.
Wright won't win the starting job opposite A.J. Green, but he's got a pretty good chance of making the team and eventually getting a share of the third or fourth receiver's job.
Brandon LaFell got most of the snaps across from A.J. Green in two-wide sets with the first-team offense, at least until Green left with a minor knee injury. Boyd also received plenty of snaps while Andy Dalton was in the game, and both he and LaFell actually stayed in the contest a bit longer than the other starters, according to Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer. While the starting job may not be entirely decided, Boyd and LaFell both figure to get plenty of snaps early in the season.
The move was to be expected, as Thompson had torn his ACL in the regular-season finale versus the Ravens. He reckons to commence the regular season on the PUP list as well, which would subsequently sideline him for the Bengals' first six games.
Billings suffered a torn meniscus earlier in August resulting in surgery to repair the injury. The 2016 fourth-round draft pick will have to wait a year before seeing his first NFL regular season action.
Whitworth, a nine-year veteran at left tackle, said he understands the business side of football and will mentor the new players.
"How I do things as a captain and leader, I am not planning on doing just what everyone else does," Whitworth said. "I want to be above and beyond and more than the average guy in this locker room, and have and always will."
With those key targets out, quarterback Andy Dalton figures to rely on running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and wideout Mohamed Sanu.
Cincy is a 3.5-point underdog as Dalton looks for his first playoff win in four tries.
Despite staying on for only three drives, the Cincinnati first-team offense had plenty of work for both Hill and Giovani Bernard, who had three carries for 27 yards and two receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown. The two running backs accounted for 14 of the 21 offensive touches while the starters were in the game, with Hill handling most early-down snaps and goal-line/short-yardage work. Hill got four carries inside the Jacksonville five-yard line on his last drive, finally converting the fourth one for a one-yard touchdown. Struggles at the goal line aside, Hill was impressive whenever he had room to run.
Whitworth has been an excellent lineman with the Bengals for ages, so it's a nice reward as he delves deeper into the veteran portion of his career. A big winner in this is Andy Dalton, who hasn't been sacked by a Whitworth-guarded pass rusher since 2013.
Hall and Burfict were ruled out on the team's final injury report, which also listed Bernard, Maualuga and Smith as doubtful to play. Jeremy Hill is expected to carry the load at running back with Bernard sidelined.
Eifert began jogging earlier this week as he continues to rehab from ankle surgery. While the tight end is hoping for a Week 4 return, a timetable of Week 4-6 was given by the team. Tyler Kroft was initially thought to be the Week 1 starter in Eifert's absence, but has since suffered a knee sprain which leaves him questionable for opening day. C.J. Uzomah has been impressive in camp and could be the favorite to start Week 1. Regardless, without Eifert, the Bengals will be thin at tight end to start the season, so look for Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt to see increased reps the remainder of the preseason.
With Vontaze Burfict suspended for four games and A.J. Hawk released Tuesday, the Bengals likely plan for Dansby and Vincent Rey to flank middle linebacker Rey Maualuga early in the season. 2015 third-round selection Paul Dawson should also be in the mix for snaps, but it's not out of the question that Dansby could earn a three-down role. The 34-year-old recently signed with Cincinnati on a one-year contract worth up to $2 million, with a $700,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey.
Core, a sixth-round pick out of Ole Miss, had three catches for 33 yards in the preseason opener. He's working behind both fellow rookie Tyler Boyd and veteran special teamer Brandon Tate. But LaFell's injury should increase his reps in practice and in the preseason.
According to Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, LaFell and Tyler Boyd stayed in the game a bit longer than the rest of the Cincinnati starters, suggesting that head coach Marvin Lewis wanted to get an extended look at both plays. However, the Cincinnati running backs ended up stealing the show, accounting for nine of the team's 14 touches while Andy Dalton was still in the game. LaFell got most of the snaps alongside A.J. Green in two-wide sets early on, but both players received plenty of run after Green left the game with a minor knee injury. Boyd was unable to build on his strong showing in the last preseason game, catching his lone target for a nine-yard gain. Regardless of which wideout technically starts, both could be busy early in the season, as the Bengals may be missing TEs Tyler Eifert (ankle) and Tyler Kroft (knee).
Dalton added a four-yard run that converted a third down in the red zone, ultimately leading the Bengals to 14 points on his three drives. The Cincinnati first-team offense looked sharp throughout the preseason, but there was one minor concern from Sunday's game, as A.J. Green left early with an apparent leg/knee injury. According to The Cincinnati Enquire, Green would have played through the injury if Sunday's contest had been a regular-season game.
After the practice, coach Marvin Lewis said Johnson will be OK, but he still needs to be evaluated, according to ESPN.
Johnson produced four sacks and 27 tackles in 14 games last season. He signed a four year, $14 million deal during the offseason.
The only injuries Tindal suffered were those from when he was hit over the head with a bottle. He may have suffered a small concussion, but he's scheduled to report as planned to training camp on July 26.
Veteran Chykie Brown was expected to move from cornerback to safety, but Tom Coughlin said Friday he intends to keep him at cornerback. Second-year defensive back Bennett Jackson, who was drafted as a cornerback, will likely remain at his new safety position.
A valuable reserve last season, Williams is now expected to replace the departed Reggie Nelson (signed by Oakland) as a starting safety alongside George Iloka. The 2013 third-round selection came out of college with a reputation for his hitting and run-stopping, but he's also proven to be quite capable in pass coverage. Williams and Iloka both offer IDP potential for 2016.
According to Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Uzomah got the start in place of Tyler Eifert (knee) and Tyler Kroft (knee), with all three targets coming from Andy Dalton. One of those was an unsuccessful pass into the end zone, and Uzomah appeared to play nearly all of the snaps with the first-team offense. With Eifert and Kroft both no better questionable for the beginning of the season, Uzomah could enter Week 1 as the starter, though H-back Ryan Hewitt also figures to pick up some of the snaps.
Bernard split first-team work with Jeremy Hill, who had eight carries for 21 yards and a touchdown and 28 yards on his only reception. Even with Hill getting the early-down work and goal-line carries, Bernard managed five touches on only three drives. If Tyler Eifert (ankle) misses time at the beginning of the season, Bernard could pick up some extra targets in the short passing game.
The former Alabama quarterback is a clear second to Andy Dalton on Cincinnati's depth chart. He looked impressive in a late second quarter touchdown drive, but is unlikely to see meaningful regular season action unless Dalton gets injured.
The Bengals waived Brandon Tate and Mario Alford (ankle) on Tuesday, all but assuring Erickson of a spot on the final roster. The undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin has four punt returns for 167 yards and a score this preseason, and he also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's exhibition against the Jaguars. While unlikely to have a significant role on offense, Erickson figures to returns punts and possibly kickoffs, albeit with Adam Jones potentially subbing in at key moments.
The Boise State product was set to hit the open market at the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon, but the Bengals weren't going to let their talented young safety walk without giving him a sizable offer. Iloka, at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, holds up well against the run and is also solid in coverage as evidenced by his positive Pro Football Focus grades in both categories (+4.7 and +7.2 respectively over the last two seasons). With Wednesday's contract, Iloka will be a fixture in the Bengals secondary for the foreseeable future.
Jones strained his calf during warmups before Sunday's preseason loss to the Jaguars, sidelining him for the game. "When I back-pedaled I didn't feel a pull, I just felt pain. It loosened up as I was going," Jones explained Monday. "I was trying to go back out and Coach (Marvin) Lewis said, 'No way.' Yeah, if it was the regular season I would have played." Look for Jones to rest for the final preseason game against the Colts on Thursday in order to nurse his calf a little more before the season gets underway.
Wenning, who was promoted to the Bengals' active roster on Dec. 16, is thus a McCarron (left wrist) injury setback away from seeing his first NFL regular season action. Whether he remains the team's backup QB once the postseason begins hinges on the status of Dalton, who is slated to have his balky right thumb examined Monday.
Hocker returned from an ankle injury Sunday in Jacksonville and hit one extra point point in the process, but ultimately he was unable to unseat Mike Nugent as the Bengals' kicker in advance of Week 1.
"It was a lot better progress from what I thought and what they thought as far as how far along I was," Hunt said. "The conditioning tests [last Thursday], I was fully capable of doing that. There were no setbacks."
The third-year player has 10 total tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 22 career games.
Dunlap has been sensational on the season with 13.5 sacks through 15 games, and he is available for IDP usage in Week 17.
Kirkpatrick played in all 16 games (two starts) recorded 23 total tackles in 2014. He was selected by the Bengals as the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Zeitler, the 27th pick in 2012, started 12 games in 2014, having missed four due to a calf injury. He has been a three-year starter for the Bengals.
Rey piled up 95 tackles in 16 games (eight starts) last season, with the bulk of his production coming while Vontaze Burfict (suspension) was still recovering from injury in September and October. With Burfict suspended for the first three games of 2016, Rey should be a useful early-season IDP for a second straight year, though he may eventually move back to a depth role.
Kroft originally pegged Week 1 as a target for his return, but given the nature of knee sprains, it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't ready by then. As a rookie last season, Kroft helped fill the void during Tyler Eifert's absence. It remains to be seen what role, if any, Kroft will have in Cincinnati's offense once he's back to 100 percent on the gridiron.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Domata Peko (elbow) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while defensive end Robert Geathers (hip), wide receiver A.J. Green (thigh), tight end Ryan Hewitt (illness), cornerback Adam Jones (concussion), tackle Marshall Newhouse (hip) and guard/center Mike Pollak (knee) were listed as probable.
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