|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||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|Benwikere, Bene'||DB||6-0||200||9/3/1991||3||San Jose State|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||4||North Carolina|
|61||Bodine, Russell||G||6-3||308||6/30/1992||3||North Carolina|
|76||Brown, Ryan||DE||6-6||267||6/10/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|Brown, Chris||WR||6-2||195||12/8/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|4||Bullock, Randy||K||5-9||206||12/16/1989||5||Texas A&M|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||LB||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||280||5/4/1991||3||West Virginia|
|14||Dalton, Andy||QB||6-2||220||10/29/1987||6||Texas Christian|
|Dawson, P.J.||LB||6-0||240||1/13/1993||2||Texas Christian|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||DB||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|
|91||Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||315||2/14/1992||2||Arizona State|
|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||DB||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||DB||5-10||180||9/30/1983||10||West Virginia|
|11||LaFell, Brandon||WR||6-3||210||11/4/1986||7||Louisiana State|
|McRae, Tony||CB||5-9||178||5/3/1993||R||North Carolina|
|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|
|20||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||192||10/19/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|31||Smith, Derron||SAF||5-10||200||2/4/1992||2||Fresno State|
|59||Vigil, Nick||LB||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.)|
|Wright, James||WR||6-1||201||12/31/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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 started the practice week in a limited capacity, but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday, so it's rather surprising the team has decided to sit the veteran Sunday. Look for Vincent Rey to get the spot start in his absence.
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.
Green's torn hamstring kept him out of Cincinnati's final six games of this season and will prevent him from participating in this month's Pro Bowl. However, with plenty of time before the team reconvenes for voluntary workouts, Green should be healthy once the Bengals begin their preparations for the 2017 campaign. A full return this spring would ensure Green, who totaled 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games, remains an elite option at his position ahead of next 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.
The Bengals will be getting some depth back on the edge Sunday with Gilberry's expected return from a calf injury. He's missed each of the last three games, so there's a chance that he won't his usual snap count Saturday against the Texans. Carlos Dunlap will likely see most of the playing time at the left defensive end spot.
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.
Burkhead handled the vast majority of the rushing workload with Jeremy Hill (knee) inactive for the season finale. He didn't pick up more than 17 yards on any one play, but turned consistent modest gains into a fantastic performance. The pending free agent found pay dirt in the first and fourth quarters for his first two touchdowns of the season, helping his stock for this coming offseason. Burkhead's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and 4.6 yards per carry average on 74 attempts this season make him a desirable asset for teams in need of help at running back.
Wright's availability was foreshadowed by the fact the he practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. With A.J. Green still out, Wright figures to remain involved Sunday, after having logged seven catches for 65 yards over his last three games. Wright still remains behind Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd and TE Tyler Eifert in the Bengals' pass-catching pecking order, however.
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.
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 an unrestricted free agent.
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.
Hill, a second-round pick in 2014, has scored at least nine touchdowns in each of his three professional seasons. Although that's made him an impactful fantasy commodity, Hill has been wildly inefficient since his rookie campaign. Compared to his 5.1 yards per carry that year, Hill has averaged just 3.7 yards since, and topped 4.0 yards per rush in only three games this season. He also had nine games of under 50 rushing yards, despite teammate Giovani Bernard (knee) landing on injured reserve in November. As a result of Bernard rehabbing from that ailment and the inconsistent Hill entering the final year of his rookie contract, the Bengals could address their running back options in some fashion this offseason, Cincinnati.com reports. That could give the 24-year-old Hill more incentive to prove his worth, but could also factor into his workload if he continues to frustrate with his performances.
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 missed the first six weeks of this season after tearing ankle ligaments in last year's Pro Bowl, and then missed Cincinnati's final two tilts after being placed on injured reserve with a back problem. Although he caught 29 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns in his eight appearances, Eifert's injuries have derailed his stock over the past year, so him returning to health is imperative ahead of next season. Should that indeed occur during this spring, Eifert could resurface as a top fantasy tight end in 2017.
Dansby has recorded at least 10 tackles in two of the last three weeks, and he's also reached double digits in stops five times on the season. Although he's been inconsistent this season, he now has 103 tackles on the year, and the 35-year-old continues to play at a high level, which has made him an upside IDP option.
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.
LaFell once again functioned as quarterback Andy Dalton's No. 1 wide receiver with A.J. Green (hamstring) out, leading the team in both targets and receptions. The increased role allowed him to catch 64 balls for 862 yards and six touchdowns this season, but the 30-year-old LaFell will have a hard time replicating that success next year with Green healthy.
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.
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 went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, Bernard has drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll re-enter the fold before the 2017 regular season kicks off. While that would likely allow him to avoid Cincinnati's PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, Bernard is projected to maybe still need a game or two before he's fully ready to play. Overall, the possibility of missing games still exists, but Bernard is at least doing the best he can in ensuring any absence is minimized.
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.
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.
Among a litany of allegations, Jones faces misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business, as well as a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance. Before he can be released from jail, he awaits a blood test, which will be performed on Wednesday morning. Both the Bengals and the NFL won't comment on the situation while the legal ramifications are sorted out, but due to his lengthy history of brushes with the law, both parties will have precedence to punish the cornerback, even if he escapes unscathed on the legal front.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Kroft did not make it onto the practice field this week, leaving him with a "doubtful" designation for the regular season finale. With Tyler Eifert (back) on IR, look for C.J. Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt to handle the tight end snaps.