Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th110.6 (13th)246.4 (15th)
Defense17th113.2 (21st)237.5 (11th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Albright, Bryson LB6-52433/15/19941Miami (Ohio)
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
 Bell, Brandon LB6-12271/9/1995RPenn State
 Benwikere, Bene' CB6-02009/3/19914San Jose State
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19915North Carolina
75Billings, Andrew NT6-13113/6/19952Baylor
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19924North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19897Georgia
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/19942Pittsburgh
76Brown, Ryan DE6-62676/10/19941Mississippi State
 Brown, Jon K5-1020212/7/1992RLouisville
 Brown, Chris WR6-219512/8/19932Notre Dame
23Brown, Chykie (FA) DB5-1119112/26/19866Texas
4Bullock, Randy K5-920612/16/19896Texas A&M
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12509/24/19906Arizona State
39Carson, Tra RB5-1122710/24/19921Texas A&M
 Carter, Cethan TE6-32419/5/1993RNebraska
93Clarke, Will DE6-62805/4/19914West Virginia
16Core, Cody WR6-32104/17/19942Mississippi
 Cox, Demetrious DB6-11984/20/1994RMichigan State
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19877Texas Christian
 Dawson, P.J. LB6-02401/13/19932Texas Christian
71Dean, David DT6-12952/16/19931Virginia
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1119810/10/19914Michigan State
 Dielman, J.J C6-530912/16/1993RUtah
6Driskel, Jeff QB6-42314/23/19932Louisiana Tech
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19898Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62509/8/19905Notre Dame
 Elliott, Jake K5-91671/21/1995RMemphis
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/19922Wisconsin
 Evans, Jordan LB6-2233//ROklahoma
42Fejedelem, Clayton SAF6-02056/2/19932Illinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63054/23/19933Oregon
53Flowers, Marquis OLB6-32452/16/19924Arizona
95Gilberry, Wallace DE6-227012/5/198410Alabama
 Glasgow, Ryan DT6-32999/30/1993RMichigan
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19887Georgia
 Hamilton, Karel WR6-11813/30/1995RSamford
91Hardison, Marcus DT6-33152/14/19923Arizona State
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19849Rutgers
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42541/24/19914Stanford
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123510/20/19924Louisiana State
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
10Huber, Kevin P6-12117/16/19859Cincinnati
43Iloka, George FS6-42253/31/19906Boise State
22Jackson, William CB6-018910/27/19922Houston
60Johnson, T.J. G6-43007/17/19904South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72722/7/19879Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam CB5-101809/30/198311West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-218510/26/19896Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-625010/15/19923Rutgers
84Kumerow, Jake WR6-42062/17/19921Wis.-Whitewater
11LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19868Louisiana State
 Laufasa, Darrin FB6-12405/6/1995RTexas-El Paso
 Lawson, Carl LB6-22536/29/0001RAuburn
 Lechler, Landon T6-72738/11/1993RNorth Dakota State
 Madaris, Monty WR6-11989/8/1993RMichigan State
 Malone, Josh WR6-32083/21/1996RTennessee
58Maualuga, Rey (FA) MLB6-22581/20/19879USC
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32209/13/19903Alabama
 McRae, Tony CB5-91785/3/19931North Carolina
 Minter, Kevin LB6-024612/3/19905Louisiana State
 Mixon, Joe RB6-12267/24/1996ROklahoma
 Nickerson, Hardy LB6-02321/5/1994RIllinois
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19923Texas A&M
30Peerman, Cedric RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
 Perkins, Kent G6-5320//RTexas
62Redmond, Alex G6-52941/18/19951UCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02509/6/19877Duke
 Ross, John WR5-1119011/27/1994RWashington
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119210/19/19932Notre Dame
17Russell, Alonzo WR6-42069/29/19921Toledo
 Schreck, Mason TE6-5258//RBuffalo
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12003/27/19923USC
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
 Smith, Andre T6-43251/25/19879Alabama
31Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19923Fresno State
 Smith, Chris DE6-12622/11/19924Arkansas
 Stanton, Dustin G6-42492/20/1994ROregon State
98Thompson, Brandon DT6-230510/19/19896Clemson
 Tupou, Josh DT6-33205/2/1994RColorado
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19933Auburn
59Vigil, Nick ILB6-22398/20/19932Utah State
63Westerman, Christian G6-33002/23/19932Arizona State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19915Georgia
 Williams, Jarveon RB5-101941/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129512/29/19922Clemson
 Williams, Stanley RB5-8196//RKentucky
 Willis, Jordan DE6-42555/2/1995RKansas State
 Wilson, Brandon DB5-112007/27/1994RHouston
73Winston, Eric T6-731011/17/198311Miami (Fla.)
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cincinnati6-4300.16-3291.025.02033
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Bengals, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

KeiVarae Russell
News
Russell was released by the Chiefs on Wednesday.

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.

Ryan Hewitt
News
Hewitt was not targeted in Sunday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

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.

P.J. Dawson
News
Dawson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday.

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.

Josh Shaw
News
Shaw, who had played only four snaps from the line of scrimmage prior to Sunday night, was required to play 17 snaps against the Cardinals after Darqueze Dennard was forced from the game, Bengals.com reports.

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.

Jeff Driskel
News
Driskel was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Prior to adding Driskel, Cincinnati only had two quarterbacks on its roster. Driskel is unlikely to play this season.

J.J Dielman
No Updates
Josh Tupou
No Updates
Cedric Ogbuehi
News
Ogbuehi (shoulder) has recovered from his season-ending injury, Jim Owsczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

Ogbuehi missed the Bengals' 2017 regular-season finale with an injured labrum, but didn't require surgery. After turning to a rest and rehab regimen for the last several months, it looks like Ogbuehi will be good to go heading into training camp. The 2015 first-rounder is expected to move to left tackle this season after Andrew Whitworth departed for the Rams in March.

Andre Smith
Injury
Triceps - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Rey Maualuga
News
Maualuga was released by the Bengals on Saturday.

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.

Kevin Minter
News
Minter's one-year contract with the Bengals is for $4 million, including $2.1 million guaranteed, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins notched a pair of sacks and five tackles in Sunday's victory over the Browns.

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.

A.J. Green
News
Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Green (hamstring) has been given clearance to work out, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

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.

Karel Hamilton
No Updates
Clint Boling
Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Pat Sims
News
Sims (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 2 game against the Steelers, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Trey Hopkins
No Updates
Hardy Nickerson
No Updates
Wallace Gilberry
News
Gilbert has re-upped with the Bengals, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

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.

Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick has reportedly broken his right hand, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.

The fracture doesn't appear to be too serious. Kirkpatrick reportedly will be back within two weeks and a full go by training camp. In the meantime, Josh Shaw and Darqueze Dennard are expected to take over for Kirkpatrick.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Mixon
News
Mixon could get a heavy dose of playing time from the outset, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.

Widely regarded as a top-20 talent, Mixon fell to the second round of the 2017 draft (No. 48 overall) due in large part to a 2014 incident in which he punched a female Oklahoma student. His landing spot comes as no surprise, with the Bengals in need of a running back and already possessing a long history of taking chances on players who bring negative PR backlash. Mixon shouldn't have much trouble earning some kind of role by Week 1, as Giovani Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL and Jeremy Hill fell shy of 4.0 yards per carry in both 2015 and 2016. Mixon seemingly combines Bernard's quickness and pass-catching skills with Hill's size and power, giving the Bengals a potential three-down threat in the backfield.

T.J. Johnson
No Updates
Carl Lawson
News
The Bengals selected Lawson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 116th overall.

Cincinnati is emphasizing generating a pass rush along its front four by adding Lawson and Jordan Willis early in the draft. Lawson racked up 9.5 sacks and 14.0 tackles for loss in his final season on The Plains before heading to the NFL. There are some durability concerns with Lawson, as Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan reports that persistent knee issues raise questions regarding his longevity. Still, if Lawson can stay on the field, he'll be able to get to the quarterback.

Jordan Evans
News
The Bengals selected Evans in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 193rd overall.

For an inside linebacker, Evans is relatively svelte at just 216 pounds, but he still managed to lead the Sooners in tackles with 98 in 2016. He does have strong coverage skills and athleticism to play on passing downs, but he profiles as a depth player for now.

Darqueze Dennard
News
The Bengals picked up Dennard's fifth-year option Friday, Albert Breer of The MMQB.com reports.

This move comes as a slight surprise given Dennard's injury history and underwhelming on-field performance since entering the league as a first-round pick back in 2014. However, starting cornerback Adam Jones is 33 years old and the Bengals still have no idea what they have in William Jackson III, their 2016 first-rounder who missed his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle, so gambling on Denard's potential improvement could have been more out of necessity than anything else.

Clayton Fejedelem
No Updates
Bryson Albright
News
Albright signed a reserve/futures contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

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.

Alonzo Russell
No Updates
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Brandon Wilson
News
The Bengals selected Wilson in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 207th overall.

Yet another nice pick for the Bengals. Wilson (5-foot-10, 198 pounds) is an excellent athlete and was a standout performer on one of college football's best defenses. At the Houston pro day he logged a 4.40-second 40, a 41-inch vertical and a 133-inch broad jump. He played some running back at Houston, but he's presumably a corner to the Bengals.

Kent Perkins
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict (concussion) has enjoyed his first healthy offseason since 2014, Cincinnati.com's Jim Owczarski reports.

Burfict spent the 2015 offseason in recovery from knee surgery and the 2016 offseason in recovery from a foot injury. Despite missing last season's final game with a concussion -- which doesn't appear to have any lingering effects -- the veteran linebacker has been able to focus on improving his overall strength and conditioning this spring, rather than some sort of rehab regimen. Thus, he's been more involved in offseason workouts than he has in the past and reportedly showed up to OTAs in great shape. Hopefully, this additional offseason preparation might help him return to the elite IDP ranks in 2017, a la his 2014 season when Burfict tallied 171 tackles, three sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.

Tony McRae
No Updates
Ryan Brown
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
News
The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes Boyd, A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Selected No. 55 overall last year, Boyd had a solid rookie season while mostly serving as Cincinnati's No. 3 wideout, catching 54 of 81 targets for 603 yards (7.4 yards per target) and one touchdown in 16 games. It appeared he might get a clear path to the No. 2 role entering his second NFL season, but the Bengals then re-signed LaFell and drafted Ross. Instead of jumping in as a clear starter, the 22-year-old likely will be part of a fierce competition for snaps and targets alongside Green. With the Bengals offense also featuring tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and a promising trio in the backfield, targets could be hard to come by for any wideout not named Green. Cincinnati hopes all the firepower will make up for the free-agent departures of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler -- arguably the team's two best linemen.

Brandon Thompson
News
Thompson (knee) was not activated off the PUP list on Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

Andrew Billings
News
Billings has fully recovered from last summer's training camp knee injury, Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

William Jackson
News
Jackson (pectoral) is fully healed and ready to compete for playing time in 2017, WLWT News 5 reports.

Jackson didn't log a single snap his rookie year due to a pectoral injury he suffered in the preseason. Now back to full health, he'll compete with Darqueze Dennard, Josh Shaw and Bene Benwikere for playing time behind starters Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick.

Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
No Updates
Ryan Glasgow
News
The Bengals selected Glasgow in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 138th overall.

Glasgow is one of the least-visible contributors from Michigan's suffocating 2016 defense, but he was still a significant part of the Wolverines' dominant run defense. He has good quickness at 6-foot-3, 302 pounds and should give Cincinnati useful rotational snaps at tackle.

Tra Carson
News
Carson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

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.

Jake Elliott
News
The Bengals selected Elliott in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 153rd overall.

Elliott being the first kicker off the board comes as a bit of a surprise with many ranking Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez or Auburn's Daniel Carlson ahead of him. Still, the Bengals are clearly sold on Elliott's ability to the point where they felt comfortable spending a mid-round selection on the former Memphis Tiger. He made all 202 of his extra-point attempts in college and hit 21 of 26 field goals last season. He's in line to compete with veteran Randy Bullock for the Bengals' starting kicking job, but given the team's investment in Elliott, we'll presume that the rookie probably has an edge here.

Derron Smith
News
Smith (thigh) was not listed on Wednesday's injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Texans, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Jeremy Hill
News
Hill received serious competition during the draft when the Bengals selected fellow running back Joe Mixon in the second round at No. 45 overall, Geoff Hobson of the team's official website reports.

Widely regarded as a first-round talent, Mixon probably wouldn't have lasted until the second day of the draft if not for a 2014 incident in which he punched a female Oklahoma student. His landing spot comes as no surprise, with the Bengals in need of a running back and already possessing a well-established reputation for adding or keeping players who come at a discount due to off-field incidents. A second-round selection (2014) himself, Hill has 30 touchdowns in 47 career games, but he's fallen shy of 4.0 yards per carry in consecutive seasons after averaging 5.1 as a rookie. He now finds himself in serious danger of losing the lead ball-carrier job as he enters a contract season, but it does at least seem Hill is embracing the challenge, as he already reached out to Mixon and told the rookie he's glad to have him around. A capable pass-catcher in addition to an explosive runner, Mixon could also threaten some of Giovani Bernard's (torn ACL) usual workload.

Jon Brown
No Updates
Darrin Laufasa
No Updates
Will Clarke
News
The Bengals have ruled the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 10 matchup against the Browns: running back Giovani Bernard (hip, clavicle), cornerback Leon Hall (concussion), linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Rey Maualuga (hamstring), offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle), wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and defensive end Will Clarke.

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.

Landon Lechler
No Updates
Mason Schreck
No Updates
Eric Winston
No Updates
Randy Bullock
News
Bullock was signed by the Bengals on Tuesday.

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.

Jordan Willis
News
The Bengals selected Willis in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 73rd overall.

This looks like a steal for Cincinnati. Willis (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) was very productive at Kansas State with 21 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss over the last two years, and he was incredible at the Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds while posting a 39-inch vertical, 125-inch broad jump and 6.85-second three-cone drill. There's no reason to not project Willis into the starting lineup by 2018.

Tyler Eifert
News
Eifert (back) will be limited during the Bengals' OTAs, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Eifert's limited participation on the rehab field comes as no surprise, while his status for training camp later in the summer remains up in the air at this point. He racked up five touchdowns in just eight games last year, and has yet to play a full 16-game season due to health issues during his first four years in the league. There's no reason for the Bengals to rush their No. 1 tight end back onto the field following December surgery, so expect Tyler Kroft (knee) and C.J. Uzomah to see additional reps throughout the remainder of the team's OTAs.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Brown
Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Jake Kumerow
News
Kumerow signed a contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

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.

Marquis Flowers
News
The Bengals announced middle linebacker Rey Maualuga won't return from the hamstring injury he suffered in the second quarter at Indianapolis. With Maualuga out, linebackers Marquis Flowers and Nico Johnson will see increased snaps.
Cody Core
News
Core had a whopping 14 targets against the Texans, but ended up with eight catches for just 39 yards in the loss Saturday night.

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.

Brandon LaFell
News
The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes LaFell, A.J. Green and 2015 second-round selection Tyler Boyd, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals might have opted against re-signing LaFell on a two-year contract if they'd known they were going to use their first-round selection on another wideout. As is, the team appears to have three legitimate competitors for the starting job across from Green, though whoever ends up as the No. 3 wideout should also be a key part of the offense. Even if he wins the starting gig out of camp, LaFell is a long shot to approach last year's stat line of 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns on 106 targets. Ross and Boyd both have more long-term potential, in addition to immediate big-play capability.

Josh Malone
News
The Bengals selected Malone in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 128th overall.

Malone (6-foot-3, 208 pounds) may be a bit one-dimensional as a deep-route specialist, but he's still a good prospect and a great value this late. He's a former top recruit who earned rave reviews in Tennessee practices as a freshman, but generally struggled along with the rest of the team's passing game in his first two years. That changed in 2016, when Malone totaled 972 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 78 targets. With 4.4 speed, Malone rounds out a prospect profile that implies considerable upside. Unfortunately, he won't see a big role anytime soon with A.J. Green, John Ross and Tyler Boyd already in Cincinnati.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton completed 18 of 28 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-10 win over Baltimore.

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.

Michael Johnson
News
Johnson (calf) has been ruled active for Monday's game against the Giants.

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.

Chris Smith
News
Smith was traded to the Bengals on Tuesday in exchange for a 2018 conditional draft pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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 span. The good news is that he is only 25 years old and has yet to play a full season, meaning there is a chance 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.

Brandon Bell
No Updates
Chykie Brown
News
Brown (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dustin Stanton
No Updates
Shawn Williams
News
Williams (hamstring) is inactive Sunday against the Ravens.

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.

C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah replaced the injured Tyler Eifert as the Bengals starting tight end Saturday night and had five catches for 28 yards on six targets.

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.

Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard (knee) will be limited during the Bengals' OTA practices, Kevin Patra of Around the NFL reports.

Bernard tore his ACL six months ago and isn't expected to return in full until early on in the regular season. It wouldn't have been surprising to see him sit out OTAs entirely, so his limited participation is a step in the right direction. With the addition of Joe Mixon in the draft, Cincinnati is under no pressure to hurry Bernard back, as he'll likely be the third option when he does return.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
AJ McCarron
News
The Bengals aren't willing to trade McCarron for anything less than a first-round pick, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said last month a trade is unlikely, as the Bengals seemingly value McCarron more than any other team does. The 26-year-old quarterback did a nice job filling in for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season, but he wasn't so impressive as to justify parting ways with a first-round pick. McCarron's value does get a boost from the possibility his 2014 campaign won't count as an accrued season, which would allow the team to keep him on his rookie contract through 2018. The 2014 fifth-round selection was on the Non-Football Injury list until Week 14 as a rookie while he recovered from a lingering shoulder issue he suffered before joining the team. McCarron doesn't expect to get a decision on the contract issue until next year, and he said he's at peace with his current situation in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. While he'd probably prefer to be traded to a team which would give him a shot at the starting job, he still reported for the start of the Bengals' offseason program.

Alex Erickson
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Erickson will likely open the season as Cincinnati's top punt returner, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner reports.

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.

Marcus Hardison
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Hardison (shoulder), who ended the season on injured reserve, is now healthy, Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

George Iloka
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Iloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Adam Jones
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Jones pleaded guilty to obstructing official business in court Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Jones was arrested in the beginning of January. He'll likely receive some sort of discipline from the league, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will severely jeopardize his availability this season.

Jarveon Williams
No Updates
Bene' Benwikere
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Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

DeShawn Williams
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Williams has been waived by the Bengals.

With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.

Kevin Huber
No Updates
Carlos Dunlap
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Dunlap (neck) was a full participant at practice Thursday.

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.

John Ross
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Ross (shoulder) signed a four-year, $17.11 million contract with the Bengals on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Ross' contract also includes a $10.58 million signing bonus. The wideout, who was drafted ninth overall by the Bengals in April, is still recovering from a surgery to repair his labrum and will miss OTAs, but is expected to be back to full health by the time training camp rolls around. Ross' game-breaking speed could allow him to make an immediate impact in his rookie season as a secondary target behind A.J. Green.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
Vincent Rey
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Rey (hamstring) logged a full practice Friday and does not have an injury designation heading into Saturday's game against the Texans

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.

David Dean
No Updates
Cethan Carter
No Updates
Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
No Updates
Russell Bodine
No Updates
Demetrious Cox
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
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Kroft (knee, ankle) finished the 2016 season with 10 catches for 92 yards on 12 targets in 14 games.

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. Despite starting 11 games and playing 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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Monty Madaris
No Updates
Stanley Williams
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Williams signed a contract Wednesday with the Bengals, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Williams, who went undrafted out of Kentucky, joins a crowded Cincinnati backfield in his move to the pro ranks. Standing at just 5-foot-7, Williams is a small, elusive back that managed to run for 1,170 yards for the Wildcats lat season. He'll be behind at least Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and second-round pick Joe Mixon on the depth chart, but Williams could carve out a role as a special teamer and depth back in 2017.

 

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