|Offense||11th||89.8 (23rd)||275.0 (5th)|
|Defense||15th||108.2 (20th)||246.8 (18th)|
|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|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||250||9/24/1990||5||Arizona State|
|93||Clarke, Will||DE||6-6||280||5/4/1991||3||West Virginia|
|14||Dalton, Andy||QB||6-2||220||10/29/1987||6||Texas Christian|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||CB||5-11||198||10/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|6||Driskel, Jeff||QB||6-4||231||4/23/1993||R||Louisiana Tech|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||250||9/8/1990||4||Notre Dame|
|32||Hill, Jeremy||RB||6-1||235||10/20/1992||3||Louisiana State|
|99||Hunt, Margus||DE||6-8||295||7/14/1987||4||Southern Methodist|
|43||Iloka, George||FS||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||272||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|
|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|
|38||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||192||10/19/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|31||Smith, Derron||FS||5-10||200||2/4/1992||2||Fresno State|
|59||Vigil, Nick||ILB||6-2||239||8/20/1993||R||Utah State|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||300||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||310||11/17/1983||10||Miami (Fla.)|
|86||Wright, James||WR||6-1||201||12/31/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|75||Billings, Andrew (IR)||NT||6-1||311||3/6/1995||R||Baylor|
|91||Hardison, Marcus (IR)||DT||6-3||315||2/14/1992||2||Arizona State|
|22||Jackson, William (IR)||CB||6-0||189||10/27/1992||R||Houston|
|30||Peerman, Cedric (IR)||RB||5-10||212||10/10/1986||7||Virginia|
|76||Brown, Ryan||DE||6-6||267||6/10/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|39||Carson, Tra||RB||5-11||227||10/24/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|Dawson, P.J.||LB||6-0||240||1/13/1993||2||Texas Christian|
|88||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||1||Eastern Kentucky|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Peerman was expected to serve as the Bengals No. 3 running back before he suffered a broken elbow last week.
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.
Peko was forced to leave the Bengals' playoff game against the Steelers after he injured his ankle and little was heard of his injury after that. Whatever the issue was, it hasn't held him back this year and he'll be in the starting lineup when Cincinnati plays the Jets on Sunday.
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.
The move was made so the Bengals could make room for Vontaze Burfict, as the starting linebackers roster exemption expired today. Roach will be a free agent once he clears waivers.
The defensive tackle has just 11 tackles over four games to start the season, but Atkins now has 2.5 sacks, which puts him just behind the pace that saw him drop the quarterback 11 times last year. In leagues that reward heavily for sacks, he's one of the very few interior linemen who can compete with edge rushers, and he's looking to post the third season of his career with double-digit sacks.
Green was on the receiving end of two gorgeous 20+ yard passes from Andy Dalton, but was held under 10 fantasy points for the fourth time in the season's first six games. It's been feast or famine for Green thus far this season, with two games of at least 170 yards and a touchdown and two more with 50 or fewer yards. While that might frustrate fantasy owners, it's worth keeping in mind that Green tends to heat up once the thermometer dips. Nearly two-thirds of his touchdown receptions, 17 of 27, from 2013 through 2015 were snagged after Nov. 1 - including seven of 10 last season.
Boling was held out of Wednesday's practice, but it appears to have been for precautionary measures.
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.
After not practicing for all of last week and being listed as inactive for last Thursday's game against the Dolphins, it looks like Kirkpatrick is ready to make a return to the field after a full practice Wednesday. Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will return to a backup role should Kirkpatrick be active this weekend.
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.
The problem for the Bengals was that Nugent had to have those three attempts in the first place, with two of those coming from less than 30 yards. The Steelers shut down the deep ball and tightened up in the red zone, leaving the Bengals to settle for three points instead of seven.
Burfict injured his ankle in Wednesday's practice, and was subsequently carted off of the field. It appears the Bengals may be been exercising caution with the line backer, as he was a full participant in Thursday and Friday's practice. He appears to be set for Sunday's matchup with the Chargers.
Burkhead was considered questionable to play entering the weekend. However, same stuff, just a different week, Burkhead will suit up as a distant No. 3 tailback behind Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard.
Wright was held out of Week 5 with a hamstring injury but was able to return to practice this week.
Boyd helped stretch the Patriots defense on Sunday, his 27-yard deep cross setting up a third-quarter touchdown followed by a 30-yard seam route that set up a fourth quarter field goal. Boyd has been inconsistent to start his rookie season with two games of 75 or more receiving yards, but no more than 33 yards in the other four contests. The Bengals' lack of identity hasn't helped the No. 3 receiver's value. Boyd's usage has gone from 104 total offensive snaps in Weeks 1 and 2 to 52 in Weeks 3 and 4 and, finally, 105 snaps in Weeks 5 and 6.
Thompson had suffered a torn ACL in Week 17 of 2015 and had missed the entirety of the Bengals' offseason program and training camp. Given the timing of his injury, he wasn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season anyway. He's first eligible to return to action Oct. 23 for an in-state rivalry match with the Browns.
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.
Make it back-to-back games where Hill - often thought of as the primary back in Cincinnati's stable - has received fewer touches and collected less yards than scatback Giovani Bernard. With the exception of Week 3's loss to Denver, a game in which his averages were inflated thanks to a 50-yard run, Hill has failed to top 3.5 yards per carry in five of six games. Bernard hasn't been much better, but his versatility and prowess in the passing game could continue to lead to a reduced role for Hill until he finally starts powering through defenses as he has in the past.
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.
Though the tight end was listed as a full participant in Friday's walk-through, coach Marvin Lewis fell short of either declaring Eifert either good to go this week, or out for Sunday's game. Fortunately for those holding out hope that Eifert might make his season debut this weekend, the Bengals kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday.
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.
LaFell put Cincinnati ahead early in the second half with a lunging five-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone. Sunday didn't come close to LaFell's eight-catch breakthrough in Week 5, but he has scored thrice between the two games. The Bengals' new addition has been a favorite of Andy Dalton's down in the red zone, tying A.J. Green for the team lead in red zone targets with eight and leading the team with targets inside the 10 yard line with five. That's a positive development for the time being, but one would assume that he is more likely than Green to lose red zone looks to last year's touchdown machine, Tyler Eifert, once the tight end returns.
Dalton gave Cincinnati the lead late in the first half after keeping it on an option sweep and cutting up for a two-yard score. He struck again early in the second half with a touchdown toss to Brandon LaFell, but overall had a fairly ho-hum game despite several nice drops in the bucket to AJ Green and Tyler Boyd. At this point last season, Dalton was on his way to becoming a fantasy star with 14 touchdown passes and another two scores on the ground in six games. Dalton, this season, has just six touchdown passes and one rushing score over the same span and has more games with one or fewer passing touchdowns, five, than he had in 12 full games last season, three. The continued absence of red-zone favorite Tyler Eifert is certainly a factor, but fantasy owners who thought themselves shrewd to snag Dalton this season can't wait much longer to find out how much of a difference the tight end will make.
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.
Brown made his way onto the Bengals roster after spending time with the Giants previously. He is listed behind Adam Jones and Darqueze Dennard on the Bengals depth chart, and likely won't make any IDP noise this season barring injuries to those listed in front of him.
Williams headed to the locker room to receive further evaluation of his knee. More on his status will be known as the game progresses.
With Tyler Eifert (back) still out of practice and looking less-and-less likely to play against the Patriots, Uzomah could be line to see increased action on Sunday. If Eifert is ruled out, the 23-year-old will compete with Tyler Kroft for first team reps, although Uzomah could be at a disadvantage when factoring in his ankle injury. Look for more updates on Bengals' tight end situation to emerge as kickoff nears.
Bernard's usage has spiked in the past two weeks, his 36 total touches just two fewer than his total in the previous four games and twice as many as an injury hampered Jeremy Hill over the same stretch. The multi-purpose back has converted both of those extended stretches of play into 90-yard games and leads Hill in total yardage on the season 423 to 311. Bernard is a solid start in PPR leagues, and will be a factor in standard leagues if he keeps this pace up - though his scoring struggles, just one this season, keeps his value modest. Given Hill's poor start, he might get the chance.
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.
Hardison's shoulder injury is unclear at this point but it must be fairly severe given he's been shut down for the year. He was likely just a depth lineman for the Bengals and his absence shouldn't be expected to have a large impact on the team.
The safety left the game with a shoulder injury but it appears he was able to shake it off as he returned to the field. He could see his reps monitored with the new injury, in which case look for Derron Smith to see increased action.
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.
Hunt dealt with some back issues early on in his time with Cincinnati but he was able to play through it last year and hasn't been held back this season. Look for him to play unhampered in the team's season opener against the Jets on Sunday.
Dunlap easily had his best performance of the young season, as he tied a season-high with five tackles to go along with the sacks and forced fumble. He's now sacked the quarterback in two straight games while recording five tackles in three of four contests. He's now on pace to match the career-high 13.5 sacks he posted in 2015, and he certainly can reach his highest tackle total of 66, which he recorded in 2014. He's a great option at defensive end in fantasy leagues.
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.
Bodine was out of practice on Wednesday but was able to return to the field just a day later. Look for more updates on his status for Sunday's tilt with the Browns to come this weekend. If he is ruled out, expect T.J. Johnson to get the start.
Kroft hadn't even been targeted since Week 2, but he got back on the ledger late in the Week 5 loss. He's still not fantasy-relevant, but he could continue to get more snaps while Tyler Eifert struggles to return.
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