|Offense||13th||110.6 (13th)||246.4 (15th)|
|Defense||17th||113.2 (21st)||237.5 (11th)|
|Albright, Bryson||LB||6-5||243||3/15/1994||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|Benwikere, Bene'||CB||6-0||200||9/3/1991||4||San Jose State|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||5||North Carolina|
|61||Bodine, Russell||C||6-3||308||6/30/1992||4||North Carolina|
|76||Brown, Ryan||DE||6-6||267||6/10/1994||1||Mississippi State|
|Brown, Chris||WR||6-2||195||12/8/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|23||Brown, Chykie (FA)||DB||5-11||191||12/26/1986||6||Texas|
|4||Bullock, Randy (FA)||K||5-9||206||12/16/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||250||9/24/1990||6||Arizona State|
|39||Carson, Tra||RB||5-11||227||10/24/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|93||Clarke, Will||DE||6-6||280||5/4/1991||4||West Virginia|
|14||Dalton, Andy||QB||6-2||220||10/29/1987||7||Texas Christian|
|Dawson, P.J.||LB||6-0||240||1/13/1993||2||Texas Christian|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||CB||5-11||198||10/10/1991||4||Michigan State|
|6||Driskel, Jeff||QB||6-4||231||4/23/1993||2||Louisiana Tech|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||250||9/8/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|91||Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||315||2/14/1992||3||Arizona State|
|32||Hill, Jeremy||RB||6-1||235||10/20/1992||4||Louisiana State|
|43||Iloka, George||FS||6-4||225||3/31/1990||6||Boise State|
|60||Johnson, T.J.||G||6-4||300||7/17/1990||4||South Carolina|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||272||2/7/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|24||Jones, Adam||CB||5-10||180||9/30/1983||11||West Virginia|
|11||LaFell, Brandon (FA)||WR||6-3||210||11/4/1986||8||Louisiana State|
|58||Maualuga, Rey (FA)||MLB||6-2||258||1/20/1987||9||USC|
|McRae, Tony||CB||5-9||178||5/3/1993||1||North Carolina|
|Minter, Kevin||LB||6-0||246||12/3/1990||5||Louisiana State|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||310||4/25/1992||3||Texas A&M|
|20||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||192||10/19/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|31||Smith, Derron||FS||5-10||200||2/4/1992||3||Fresno State|
|98||Thompson, Brandon (FA)||DT||6-2||305||10/19/1989||6||Clemson|
|59||Vigil, Nick||ILB||6-2||239||8/20/1993||2||Utah State|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||300||2/23/1993||2||Arizona State|
|77||Whitworth, Andrew (FA)||T||6-7||330||12/12/1981||11||Louisiana State|
|73||Winston, Eric||T||6-7||310||11/17/1983||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
After missing the first 10 games of the 2016 season due to a fractured forearm, Peerman logged six carries for 15 yards in six games. Where he did make his mark, however, was on special teams. It's a role he'll reprise in 2017, while also continuing to serve as a depth option in the Bengals' backfield.
Russell was inactive in Week 1 and no better than fifth on the depth chart at the cornerback position, but his release comes as a surprise given that he was a third-round pick just a few months ago. Russell apparently needs more development time than originally anticipated, but still possesses third-round talent, so there is a good chance he is claimed off waivers by a team looking for either depth or a project at his position.
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.
Dawson was likely signed as a result of Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Vincent Rey (hamstring) being questionable for Saturday's game against Houston, which could've left Cincinnati with as few as four active linebackers for the game. Dawson will likely just provide depth and isn't expected to get much playing time.
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 has been with the Bengals since they drafted him in 2009. He spent his first seven seasons as a starter before starting just six of 14 games in 2017. In hindsight, his reduced role last year seems to have foreshadowed is eventual exit. Vincent Rey figures to have a hold on the starting middle linebacker role heading into training camp, while the team will have to address depth at the position going forward.
The Bengals clearly expect Minter to handle a significant role, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he started all 16 games for the Cardinals. He played inside linebacker in Arizona's 3-4 defense, but it's possible he'll move to the strong side in Cincinnati's 4-3 -- allowing Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey to retain their spots on the weak side and in the middle.
After failing to record a sack in three games, Atkins got to Robert Griffin twice to give him 6.5 sacks on the season. As an interior lineman, his unsteady production makes him an upside-only lineup option in IDP leagues.
Prior to tearing his right hamstring in Week 11, Green was on pace for the sixth 1,000-yard season in as many years to start his career. Nevertheless, in what amounted to nine full games plus two snaps in the 10th, he finished with 964 yards on a career-best 66 percent catch rate, a metric that he's boosted in four consecutive campaigns. With the offseason program set to kick off in mid-April, he'll again aim to uphold the high standard established as he prepares for his age-29 season.
Boling was placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in Week 15.
Sims skipped two days of practice this week to tend to the ankle injury, but team trainers deemed his ready to go for Week 2. He'll serve in a depth capacity behind starting defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Domata Peko.
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.
Gilberry signed with the Lions last offseason after spending the previous five years in Cincinnati. Detroit placed him on injured reserve in October and released him shortly thereafter, allowing him to rejoin the Bengals for the second half of the year. The 32-year-old may have to compete for a roster spot at this point in his career, as he only has six sacks over the past three seasons.
Kirkpatrick started 14 games for the Bengals in 2016, recording 10 passes defensed -- including three interceptions -- and 46 tackles in 15 games played. He'll likely claim one of the Bengals' starting corner positions again in 2017.
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.
Albright will therefore join the Bengals following the conclusion of the current season. He was a reserve player for the Bills before being cut in December of 2016, but the fact that Albright was signed via a futures contract gives hope that he could find a spot on Cincinnati's roster come September.
Burfict will take a seat for the second straight game after failing to appear on the practice field once again this week. Look for Nick Virgil, who logged two solo tackles in Week 16, to draw the start at linebacker.
Boyd was drafted in the second round this season with the idea being that he'd help replace the departures of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. The results ran hot and cold. In the first three plus games following A.J. Green's season-ending injury, Boyd took advantage of the increased workload with 21 total catches. Boyd ended his rookie season on a low note, however, with three straight games of just two catches.
Thompson, who tore his ACL during the 2015 regular season finale, had returned to practice in late November with hopes of eventually being activated, but as the deadline passed Wednesday such an event won't be the case. Pat Sims and DeShawn Williams will continue to provide depth behind Geno Atkins and Domata Peko at defensive tackle.
After falling to the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Billings suffered a torn meniscus in training camp and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Now back to full strength, the Baylor product will have a chance to compete for a starting job this summer given the recent release of long-time Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko.
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.
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."
Carson has been on the Bengals' practice squad all season and was promoted to the active roster as a result of Cedric Ogbuehi moving to injured reserve. Carson will likely be the team's fourth option at running back and isn't likely to see the field except on special teams.
Smith seems to be in line for his first game since Week 11 against the Bills. Before suffering the injury, Smith was utilized as added depth in the secondary for Cincinnati, and that won't likely change during the remaining two weeks of the regular season.
With Giovani Bernard (knee) rehabbing from a torn ACL and Hill coming off back-to-back seasons with under 4.0 yards per carry, the Bengals figure to draft a running back for the first time since using a second-rounder on Hill in 2014. Depending on how early the position is addressed, Hill could even enter training camp as an underdog to retain his role as Cincinnati's lead ball-carrier. The team also figures to address a line that lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler -- players that Hill referred to as the team's two best offensive linemen. Despite scoring 30 touchdowns in 47 career games, the 24-year-old running back will enter his contract season with a ton to prove. If he doesn't get his YPC mark back above 4.0, he may be pigeon-holed as a goal-line/short-yardage specialist when he hits the open market next offseason.
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.
Bullock had an interesting 2016 season, taking kicks for the Bengals, Giants and Steelers, but ultimately wound up in Cincinnati for the season's last three games. He missed his only field goal attempt beyond 30 yards for the Bengals and did little to solidify himself as the team's kicker going forward. Consequently, Bullock could face competition for the starting gig in training camp, perhaps from second-year kicker Jonathan Brown, who missed most of his rookie season with a foot injury.
Eifert seemed to hint last week that he expected to be ready for camp, but he may have been referring to Week 1 when he said he'd be "ready to go by the time it's go time". Still recovering from December back surgery, the 26-year-old tight end only resumed running a few weeks ago and still isn't quite moving at full speed. He also needs to build up his strength, as he's spent much of the past 11 months rehabbing -- first for his ankle and now his back. Despite playing at less than full strength for most of last season, Eifert was a major pass-catching threat when available, hauling in 29 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns in only five games. Even with the durability concerns, he'll be a clear top-10 option at tight end if he's ready to go by Week 1.
A second-year player hailing out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kumerow had an impressive summer with the Bengals but failed to make the final roster. However, the Bengals' placement of TE Tyler Eifert (back) and Clint Boling (knee) on IR opened up space on the active roster. Kumerow likely won't see much playing time in the season finale Sunday versus the Ravens.
It was just that type of game for the Bengals on Saturday. Core's first career reception against the Eagles went for 50 yards, more than all of his targets combined against the Texans. He'll be busy again next week with A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert both out.
The Bengals viewed LaFell as a priority and never let him hit the open market. He'll likely reprise his role as the No. 2 wideout, with A.J. Green leading the way while 2016 second-round selection Tyler Boyd mans the slot. LaFell could have a tough time matching last season's 106 targets, as his volume was bolstered by the prolonged injury absences of Green and TE Tyler Eifert (back). The Bengals also hope to get more out of Boyd in his second professional season.
Dalton found tight end C. J. Uzomah from one yard out on the final play of the first quarter for his 18th touchdown of the season, but still ended up finishing with one fewer score than his 2014 career-low of 19. On the bright side, the 29-year-old threw just eight interceptions, giving him consecutive campaigns with single-digit picks after four straight seasons with at least 13. Dalton's numbers were depressed due to the extended absence of top wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring), but he still managed the second-best yardage total of his career at 4,206.
Although he was limited at practice throughout the week, the veteran defensive end will participate in Monday's contest. Barring any setbacks, Johnson should see his usual workload at defensive end.
Smith has accumulated 4.5 sacks in 19 games over the course of his three-year NFL career and has mostly served as a backup, playing only 311 snaps during that timespan. The good news is that he is only 25 years old and has yet to play a full season, meaning there is a chance that his full potential has not yet been unlocked. Smith will likely slide into a reserve role on the Bengals' defensive line behind Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson.
Brown injured his ankle Sunday against Baltimore and went in for an MRI on Monday. Obviously, Brown didn't get the results he was hoping for. His season is over.
Williams was ruled doubtful heading into the contest, leaving rookie Clayton Fejedelem likely to make his first NFL start this Sunday, as fellow safety Derron Smith (thigh) is also inactive.
Eifert was placed on IR on Monday, meaning Uzomah is in line for another start, with fellow tight end Tyler Kroft also hurt. Uzomah hasn't yet scored this season, and once Eifert was healthy he was a healthy scratch for five weeks prior to Week 16.
Bernard is making good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 10, with the Bengals thus hoping to have him back in some capacity for at least a portion of training camp. Week 1 is an ambitious but realistic target, though expectations should probably be tempered at this early stage of the rehab process. With Bernard no sure thing to be ready by Week 1 and Rex Burkhead testing the waters of free agency, Cincinnati is taking a long look at the running backs available in the draft. Jeremy Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he fell shy of four yards per carry.
There seems to be a general understanding around the league that the Bengals want more in return for McCarron than what anyone is willing to pay, though it isn't out of the question that a team like Cleveland or Houston could come up with a surprisingly strong offer if they miss out on other targets in free agency and/or the draft. McCarron does have experience working with Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who served as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015. The Browns also have an impressive stockpile of draft picks -- including three of the first 33 selections in the upcoming draft -- but they'd probably prefer to use one of those on a young quarterback rather than trading it for the 26-year-old McCarron. Another year as Andy Dalton's backup is likely in the cards.
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.
Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.
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.
A felony charge from the incident has been dropped, but Jones still faces existing misdemeanor charges for assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business. Brown's comments indicate that Jones will remain with the Bengals, no matter how the legal process plays out and if the league office opts to levy any subsequent punishment. The latter is a distinct possibility, "even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction," per Dehner Jr. As a result, Jones is penciled in as one of the Bengals' starting cornerbacks and their top returner as the offseason continues.
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 to the cornerback position, but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.
With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.
Dunlap injured his neck in Sunday's win over Cleveland but it wasn't thought to be serious. He was limited Wednesday but likely won't miss more time with the injury going forward.
Rey was able to practice on a limited basis earlier in the week, but his full practice Friday effectively gives him the green light for Saturday's tilt. His role in the Bengals' defense had started to diminish prior to his injury as he had not played more than 25 snaps in any of his last four games. Look for Rey Maualuga to see the bulk of the snaps at middle linebacker.
Harris returns from a three-game absence Sunday and will resume his long-snapping duties.
Bodine and quarterback Andy Dalton were not on the same page on a shotgun snap that led to a fumble recovered by the Ravens, and he was also beaten often while pass blocking. It's been a rough season for the Bengals' offensive line, and Bodine has had a tough year.
A 2015 third-round selection, Kroft entered his second NFL training camp as the favorite to fill in for an injured Tyler Eifert early in the season. Kroft then suffered a knee injury that cost him most of camp and the entire preseason, allowing C.J. Uzomah to emerge as the top pass-catching tight end in Eifert's absence. Though he technically started 11 games and played 39 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Kroft was never much of a factor in the Cincinnati passing game. He may have to compete with Uzomah for the No. 2 job in training camp.