|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)|
|Bell, Brandon||LB||6-1||227||1/9/1995||R||Penn State|
|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||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|
|Cox, Demetrious||DB||6-1||198||4/20/1994||R||Michigan State|
|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||WR||6-3||210||11/4/1986||8||Louisiana State|
|Laufasa, Darrin||FB||6-1||240||5/6/1995||R||Texas-El Paso|
|Lechler, Landon||T||6-7||273||8/11/1993||R||North Dakota State|
|Madaris, Monty||WR||6-1||198||9/8/1993||R||Michigan 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|
|Stanton, Dustin||G||6-4||249||2/20/1994||R||Oregon State|
|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|
|Williams, Jarveon||RB||5-10||194||1/3/1995||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|Willis, Jordan||DE||6-4||255||5/2/1995||R||Kansas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.