|Offense||11th||80.8 (27th)||291.0 (7th)|
|Defense||10th||97.5 (14th)||225.2 (12th)|
|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|
|3||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.
Prior to adding Driskel, Cincinnati only had two quarterbacks on its roster. Driskel is unlikely to play this season.
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.
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.
The Pro Bowler got his night started off right with a highlight-worthy leaping grab of a 51-yard heave from Andy Dalton and added a 43-yard grab in the third quarter that set up a Mike Nugent field goal. He also powered his way through a Tony Lippett tackle attempt for a seven-yard touchdown in the first period and put together his second 100-yard performance over the season's first four games. After two rather ordinary performances versus the Steelers and Broncos, Green's production Thursday was a reminder of his immense value in any fantasy format, and is team-high 12 targets a testament to his role as the focal point of the Bengals attack.
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.
Kirkpatrick didn't practice at all this past week, making his listing of inactive unsurprising. Look for Chris Lewis-Harris to see extra snaps in Kirkpatrick's absence.
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.
It's always possible Burfict could play more than expected, but he just rejoined the Bengals earlier this week after serving a three-game suspension, and it appears he will be eased back into action with the team on a short week. If Burfict is indeed placed on a snap count Thursday, it seems likely he will be able to handle a full workload in Week 5 and beyond.
Firmly behind Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill, Burkhead shouldn't be expected to have much of any fantasy value unless injuries force him up the depth chart. He had just four rushes four yards and 10 receptions for 94 yards in 2015.
Wright played through the same injury in Sunday's loss to Denver, catching his lone target for a 10-yard gain. As the No. 4 wideout, he's unlikely to be a viable fantasy option anytime soon.
Making matters worse, Boyd was on the field for only 24 snaps compared to 60 snaps for Brandon LaFell. Fantasy football is about talent meeting opportunity, and Boyd's opportunity isn't great right now.
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.
Although the Dolphins managed to limit him to 3.4 YPC and a game-long rush of 19 yards, Hill still provided the Bengals offense with an important measure of balance throughout the night. After totaling only 53 yards through his first two games, Hill has now put together solid back-to-back performances, gaining 168 yards over Weeks 3 and 4. He's also encouragingly seen his carries rise each successive week, and his increasing involvement and secure red-zone role make him a solid fantasy asset ,particularly in standard scoring formats.
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.
We'd now expect Eifert to target a return to action in Week 5, when the Bengals face the Cowboys on Oct. 9. In the meantime, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will continue to handle the team's tight end duties Thursday night.
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 had a meager output, but in his favor he had 60 snaps while Tyler Boyd was on the field for only 24 snaps. Neither has a whole lot of value right now, but then again, not too many second or third receivers would have value against Denver's stout defense.
The veteran signal-caller turned in an efficient performance against a Dolphins defense that has struggled to defend the pass through the first four weeks. Dalton's most spectacular play came on a first-quarter scramble where he deftly side-stepped the rush and slung a 51-yard heave downfield to a leaping A.J. Green, who snared the pass at its highest point. He also found four other receivers on the night, but looked Green's way the most by far (10 targets). Through four weeks, Dalton has put the ball up 146 times, as compared to the 116 attempts he tallied over the same time period last season. Despite the considerable uptick, he's only netted three touchdown passes, but the Bengals' aggressive air approach, if it endures, could certainly pay dividends for Dalton's fantasy owners throughout the season.
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.
The second-year pro was actually only behind A.J. Green in team receiving yardage on the night, and tied with Brandon LaFell for second-most receptions as well. Uzomah was technically behind Tyler Kroft on the depth chart in Week 3, but saw all the tight end targets Thursday and capitalized on all but one of them. Uzomah has been serviceable in Tyler Eifert's (ankle) stead, but the latter is reportedly expected to return for the Bengals' Week 5 tilt versus the Cowboys according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official site.
With the Bengals unveiling a run-heavy approach to start the game, it was Jeremy Hill getting the lion' share of the looks after the two both collected 14 touches in Week 2. Bernard collected more touches than Hill in six of the first nine games of 2015, but hasn't done so since. Don't expect that to change anytime soon, though Bernard still holds the very valuable role as arguably being the team's second most reliable receiver outside of A.J. Green.
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 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.
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 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.
Cincinnati will once again be without No. 1 tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle), who logged limited practices all week but will nonetheless wait to make his season debut. Kroft is thus making his third start in a row, but the first two weren't exactly productive. After hauling in three of four passes for 35 yards in Week 2 at Pittsburgh, he emerged from Sunday's loss to the Broncos without a target to his name.
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