Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense15th112.8 (13th)245.2 (15th)
Defense11th92.3 (6th)248.5 (19th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
15Alford, Mario WR5-81802/25/19922West Virginia
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19887Georgia
 Bennett, Michael WR6-320212/19/19911Georgia
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19914North Carolina
 Billings, Andrew NT6-23103/6/1995RBaylor
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19923North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19896Georgia
 Bonnet, Andrew FB6-3245//RNorth Dakota State
 Boyd, Tyler WR6-220011/15/1994RPittsburgh
 Brown, Ryan DE6-62666/10/1994RMississippi State
 Brown, Chykie DB5-1119012/26/19864Texas
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12489/24/19905Arizona State
33Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19904Nebraska
 Carson, Tra RB6-023110/24/1992RTexas A&M
93Clarke, Will DE6-62915/4/19913West Virginia
 Cooper, Alex G6-430512/18/1991RHouston
 Core, Cody WR6-21964/17/1994RMississippi
14Dalton, Andy QB6-221610/29/19876Texas Christian
 Dansby, Karlos LB6-325111/3/198113Auburn
47Dawson, P.J. OLB6-02401/13/19932Texas Christian
 Dean, David DT6-1290//RVirginia
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1119710/10/19913Michigan State
 DiManche, Jayson LB6-12449/22/19903Southern Illinois
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19897Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62509/8/19904Notre Dame
 Epps, Aaron T6-7287//RLouisville
 Erickson, Alex WR6-0198//RWisconsin
 Fejedelem, Clayton SAF6-12006/2/1993RIllinois
44Fisher, Jake T6-63068/16/19932Oregon
53Flowers, Marquis OLB6-32402/16/19923Arizona
 Grant, Antwane WR6-1205//RWestern Kentucky
18Green, A.J. WR6-42077/31/19886Georgia
29Hall, Leon (FA) CB5-1119512/9/198410Michigan
91Hardison, Marcus DT6-33152/14/19922Arizona State
 Harris, Darien OLB6-02203/31/1993RMichigan State
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19848Rutgers
50Hawk, A.J. (FA) OLB6-12401/6/198411Ohio State
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42541/24/19913Stanford
 Hill, Bronson RB5-102151/2/19931Eastern Michigan
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123510/20/19923Louisiana State
 Hillary, Darius CB5-11187//RWisconsin
 Hocker, Zach K6-01918/23/19912Arkansas
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
10Huber, Kevin P6-12147/16/19858Cincinnati
99Hunt, Margus DE6-82907/14/19874Southern Methodist
43Iloka, George SS6-42253/31/19905Boise State
 Jackson, William CB6-0189//RHouston
60Johnson, T.J. C6-43007/17/19903South Carolina
 Johnson, Dezmond LB6-32453/11/1992RDuke
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72802/7/19878Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam CB5-101809/30/198310West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-219010/26/19895Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-524610/15/19922Rutgers
84Kumerow, Jake WR6-51952/17/19921Wis.-Whitewater
 LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19867Louisiana State
88Lengel, Matt TE6-827212/27/19901Eastern Kentucky
37Lewis-Harris, Chris CB5-101862/11/19894Tennessee-Chattanooga
 Licata, Joe QB6-2210//RBuffalo
 Luc, Jeff LB6-12552/14/19921Cincinnati
58Maualuga, Rey MLB6-22551/20/19878USC
 Mays, Taylor DB6-32252/7/19887USC
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32109/13/19902Alabama
 Mobley, Dy'Shawn RB6-0225//REastern Kentucky
2Nugent, Mike K5-101903/2/198212Ohio State
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53064/25/19922Texas A&M
30Peerman, Cedric RB5-1021210/10/19867Virginia
94Peko, Domata DT6-332511/27/198411Michigan State
 Peters, John TE6-82304/29/1992RMount St. Joseph
 Raven, Floyd DB6-020212/31/19921Texas A&M
 Redmond, Alex G6-53051/18/1995RUCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02559/6/19876Duke
52Roach, Trevor LB6-22373/6/19921Nebraska
 Russell, Alonzo WR6-42019/29/1992RToledo
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12013/27/19922USC
92Sims, Pat DT6-234011/29/19859Auburn
40Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19922Fresno State
19Tate, Brandon WR6-119510/5/19878North Carolina
98Thompson, Brandon DT6-230510/19/19895Clemson
 Thurman, Trip G6-5315//RFlorida
 Tindal, Corey DB5-1018210/12/1991RMarshall
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-52711/14/19932Auburn
 Vigil, Nick ILB6-22398/20/1993RUtah State
 Weidenaar, John OL6-7302//RMontana State
 Wenning, Keith QB6-22232/14/19911Ball State
 Westerman, Christian G6-32962/23/1993RArizona State
77Whitworth, Andrew T6-733012/12/198111Louisiana State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19914Georgia
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129512/29/19921Clemson
73Winston, Eric T6-730211/17/198310Miami (Fla.)
 Wright, James WR6-120112/31/19913Louisiana State
68Zeitler, Kevin G6-43153/8/19905Wisconsin
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cincinnati6-5306.86-3298.125.62134
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
The Bengals re-signed running back Cedric Peerman on Thursday, the team announced.

Peerman has spent the last five seasons with the Bengals. In 2014, he carried the ball 15 times for 43 rushing yards.

Mario Alford
News
The Bengals signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor after he performed well on a tryout basis at the weekend's minicamp. 

Pryor last appeared in a game in 2013. 

The Bengals also signed seventh-round draft pick Mario Alford and undrafted free agents Erick Dargan, Kalafitoni Pole and John Peters. Tight end Kevin Brock was released. 

Trip Thurman
No Updates
Ryan Hewitt
News
Hewitt (knee) sat out practice again Wednesday, Local 12 in Cincinnati reports.

Hewitt sat out last week against the Ravens, and with Tyler Eifert at full strength again he's unlikely to make an impact. He ended the season with just eight catches for 99 yards, with no touchdowns.

John Weidenaar
No Updates
Domata Peko
News
Peko sustained a right ankle injury as is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Bengals, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com reports.

It's unclear when Peko might have sustained the injury, but more information regarding the severity of the injury should be available after the game.

P.J. Dawson
No Updates
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.

Cedric Ogbuehi
News
In addition to the moves the Bengals made Monday, most notably releasing receiver Denarius Moore, the team cut seven more players to get down to the 75-man limit, per ESPN.com. 

The team released WR Desmond Lawrence, LB Nico Johnson, DT Kwame Geathers, DE Sam Montgomery, OG Chris Jasperse, TE John Peters and WR Tevin Reese

The team put FB Mark Weisman and WR Onterio McCalebb on the waived/injured list, LB Sean Porter on the reserve/PUP list and OT Cedric Ogbuehi on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Rey Maualuga
News
Maualuga (calf) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Texans.

Maualuga is out there if you need him Monday and once his health is re-established he'll be worth a look in deeper IDP formats, having recorded 39 tackles in seven games to date.

Trevor Roach
No Updates
Bronson Hill
News
Hill was signed to a future/reserve contract with the Bengals on Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of the Times-Picayune reports.

After being released by the Bills in September, Hill was picked up by the Saints and finished out the year on their practice squad. The Eastern Michigan product could have a tough time cracking Cincinnati's roster purely as a running back given the team's depth at the position.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins had a sack in the Bengals' first-round playoff loss to the Steelers, capping off a big rebound season.

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.

A.J. Green
News
Green secured five of eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card playoff loss to the Steelers.

The Pro Bowl receiver salvaged a frustrating night with what at the time appeared to be a game-winning 25-yard strike from A.J. McCarron. Green and McCarron otherwise had some trouble getting in synch under the game's adverse weather conditions, and it resulted in Green's first game under 100 yards receiving in three meetings with the Steelers this season. Despite not having the benefit of Andy Dalton throwing him the ball during the last four games of the 2015 campaign, Green finished with an outstanding 86 receptions for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Clint Boling
News
The Bengals have re-signed guard Clint Boling to a five-year, $26 million deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Wednesday. He's due to make approximately $5 million per season. Boling started all 16 games for Cincinnati in 2014 and has started 47 of a possible 64 games in his four seasons with the team.
Pat Sims
News
The Bengals signed veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims, the team announced on Thursday. 

Sims returns to the Bengals after spending the past two years in Oakland. Sims was a third-round pick in the 2008 draft by Cincinnati and spent his first years with the Bengals. 

Sims recorded 25 tackles and one pass deflections in 2014. He started two of the 16 games he appeared in. He started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2013, posting 54 tackles and two sacks. 

A.J. Hawk
News
Hawk was released by the Bengals on Tuesday.

Even with Vontaze Burfict (suspension) out for the first four games of the season, Hawk was unlikely to start in Cincinnati after the Bengals re-signed Vincent Rey and added Karlos Dansby. Though his days as a regular starter and useful IDP are likely numbered, the 32-year-old Hawk shouldn't have much trouble finding a team that will allow him to compete for a roster spot. He had just 24 tackles and one sack in 16 games last season.

Trey Hopkins
News
The Bengals made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

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.

Defenders waived by the Bengals include safety Danieal Manning, cornerbacks Onterio McCalebb and Victor Hampton, tackles Devon Still and David King and ends Sam Montgomery and Dontay Moch.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.

Darien Harris
No Updates
Alex Cooper
No Updates
Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick left the Bengals' season-ending playoff loss to the Steelers with a quad injury. He'll also have to adjust to life without both secondary coaches, who left to join other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals are losing a lot of their continuity, having lost Hue Jackson to the Browns as well. Kirkpatrick had a rough season, frequently being picked on a lot by opposing quarterbacks without recording any interceptions. He did have 70 tackles and 16 passes defensed, but a lot of that is based on volume being targeted so frequently.

Matt Lengel
No Updates
T.J. Johnson
News
The Bengals have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 matchup with the Steelers: cornerback Terence Newman (illness), wide receivers James Wright (knee) and Greg Little, quarterback AJ McCarron , guard T.J. Johnson, tackle Tanner Hawkinson and defensive tackle Devon Still.

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.

Dy'Shawn Mobley
No Updates
Brandon Tate
News
Tate has re-signed with the Bengals on a one-year deal, Cincinnati.com reports.

Tate is almost exclusively a kick returner, although he did catch a touchdown on one of his mere three targets last season. If the Bengals are unable to replace the likes of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones this offseason, Tate just might be asked to play more offense, but otherwise, his biggest contributions once again figure to come on special teams.

Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard expects to be available for 2016 training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery sometime in the next couple of weeks, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Dennard hasn't made much of an impact during his two years in the league but appeared to be turning a corner shortly before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last week. While he's expected to make a full recovery, it seems likely that he'll be in store for another ancillary role on the Bengals' defense next season.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for start of season
Clayton Fejedelem
No Updates
Alonzo Russell
No Updates
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Antwane Grant
No Updates
Aaron Epps
No Updates
Dezmond Johnson
No Updates
Floyd Raven
No Updates
Mike Nugent
News
Nugent converted 23 of 28 field-goals and 48 of 40 extra points for a total of 117 points on the season.

Nugent had another solid season for the Bengals, with a field-goal percentage of 82.1, including a two of three mark from beyond the 50-yard line. He is under contract with the Bengals through the 2016-17 season.

John Peters
News
In addition to the moves the Bengals made Monday, most notably releasing receiver Denarius Moore, the team cut seven more players to get down to the 75-man limit, per ESPN.com. 

The team released WR Desmond Lawrence, LB Nico Johnson, DT Kwame Geathers, DE Sam Montgomery, OG Chris Jasperse, TE John Peters and WR Tevin Reese

The team put FB Mark Weisman and WR Onterio McCalebb on the waived/injured list, LB Sean Porter on the reserve/PUP list and OT Cedric Ogbuehi on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict's three-game suspension was upheld by appeals officer Derrick Brooks, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

As expected, Burfict will miss the first three games of the 2016 season due to repeated on-field incidents, culminating with his cheap shot on Antonio Brown in a playoff loss to the Steelers. He's an excellent player, but his value to the Bengals has been dampened by a combination of injuries and careless penalties. He has 14 unnecessary roughness flags and 401 tackles in 47 games through four seasons.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 4 vs. Miami
Rex Burkhead
News
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard recorded team highs in receiving Sunday with eight receptions for 46 yards in his team's 26-10 loss to the Colts in the Wild Card round.

The Bengals were without their top two receiving threats, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, for the first-round playoff game, and their solution was for the offense to feature three running backs, with Bernard teaming with Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead to receive 28 of the team's 35 non-QB touches. Bernard also added six rushing yards on three carries in the loss.

Burkhead drew the first two touches of the game, racking up 23 yards on an end-around on his only carry of the day and adding 34 yards on three receptions over the course of the game. He managed just 76 yards on 16 touches during the regular season.

James Wright
News
The Bengals announced a variety of roster moves Tuesday.

The team placed the following players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list: linebacker Vontaze Burfict, defensive end Margus Hunt and linebacker Sean Porter.

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, while wide receiver James Wright was waived under the Injured category.

Ryan Brown
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
No Updates
Brandon Thompson
News
All the Bengals who were probable or questionable on the injury report are active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The list includes linebacker Jayson DiManche (shoulder), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (illness), cornerback Terence Newman (back), defensive tackle Domata Peko (toe), guard Mike Pollak (knee), defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (knee) and offensive tackle Andre Smith (knee).
Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of season
Andrew Billings
News
The Bengals selected Billings in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 122nd overall.

Billings was a favorite of many draft media, but the NFL simply wasn't that high on him. At 6-foot-1, 311 pounds with good athleticism and elite strength, it's not obvious why Billings fell quite this far, but for the Bengals he in any case looks like a fine bargain this late.

Jeff Luc
No Updates
William Jackson
No Updates
Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
News
Despite the Bengals drafting two offensive tackles in this year's draft, Andrew Whitworth is not worried about his role on the team, reports Cincinnati.com

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." 

The Bengals drafted Cedric Ogbuehi out of Texas A&M in the first round and Jake Fisher from Oregon in the second.

Chris Lewis-Harris
News
The Bengals will be without top wideout A.J. Green (concussion) and starting tight end Jermaine Gresham (back) for Sunday's playoff game at Indianapolis. They combined for 1,501 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

With those key targets out, quarterback Andy Dalton figures to rely on running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and wideout Mohamed Sanu.

Also inactive for Cincy are quarterback AJ McCarron, defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris, offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, defensive lineman Devon Still and wideout James Wright (knee).

Cincy is a 3.5-point underdog as Dalton looks for his first playoff win in four tries.

Tra Carson
No Updates
Derron Smith
No Updates
Jeremy Hill
News
Hill gained 50 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, and secured three of four targets for 27 yards in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers. He also lost a key fumble in the fourth quarter.

The third-year pro made one of several fateful mistakes by the Bengals in the last two minutes of the game that led to them snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Hill was stripped by Ryan Shazier at the Steelers 20-yard line with 1:36 remaining and the Bengals attempting to run out the clock after a Vontaze Burfict interception of Landry Jones had appeared to seal the win. The 23-year-old received some extra playing time after fellow back Giovanni Bernard was knocked out of the contest with a concussion, and ran well in his opportunities against a stalwart Steelers run defense. Hill did have a less productive season than originally expected, but he and Bernard will head into the offseason as a generally effective running back tandem that will look to take their play to the next level in 2016.

Andrew Whitworth
News
Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth signed a one-year, $9 million contract extension with the Bengals on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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.

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.

Eric Winston
News
Offensive tackle Eric Winston tweeted that he's returning to the Bengals. The 31-year-old started two games last year and projects as the backup to starters Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith, per Pro Football Talk.

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Tyler Eifert
News
Eifert, who will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, could potentially miss the first couple games of the upcoming NFL season, ESPN.com reports.

Such a scenario remains speculative at this stage, given initial estimates relayed by the Cincinnati Enquirer that "a three-month recovery is anticipated, which puts Eifert's return to the field sometime in August." On the plus side, Eifert's upcoming surgery has been referred to as a "minimal procedure," so it's a little too early to count out the tight end for the Bengals' regular season opener on Sept. 11 against the Jets.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for start of training camp
Karlos Dansby
News
Dansby is on track to open the season as Cincinnati's starting SAM linebacker, the team's official website reports.

With Vontaze Burfict suspended for four games and A.J. Hawk released Tuesday, the Bengals likely plan for Dansby and Vincent Rey to flank middle linebacker Rey Maualuga early in the season. 2015 third-round selection Paul Dawson should also be in the mix for snaps, but it's not out of the question that Dansby could earn a three-down role. The 34-year-old recently signed with Cincinnati on a one-year contract worth up to $2 million, with a $700,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey.

Jake Kumerow
No Updates
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
No Updates
Brandon LaFell
News
The Bengals and LaFell agreed to a contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Cincinnati's receiving corps was laid bare in the opening days of free agency, as Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu landed elsewhere. There was little doubt that the front office would make a move for a veteran presence in advance of the NFL Draft, and LaFell should serve capably, but without flash. In six seasons with the Panthers and Patriots, he averaged 13.9 YPC while reaching the end zone 20 times in 87 games.

Michael Bennett
No Updates
Andrew Bonnet
No Updates
Andy Dalton
News
As the Bengals opened their voluntary workouts Monday, Dalton reiterated that he is completely cleared from the thumb injury that forced him out of action at the end of the 2015 season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The QB -- who is now working under new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese -- was given the green light to throw at the beginning of March and evidently he's now fully past his thumb injury. While the Bengals lost both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, they did bring in Brandon LaFell as an experienced complement to star wideout A.J. Green. The team also welcomes back a healthy Tyler Eifert at tight end and continues to roster a capable backfield duo featuring the bruising Jeremy Hill and pass-catching back Giovani Bernard.

Michael Johnson
News
Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson had to be carted off the practice field Sunday after sustaining an apparent knee injury, reports NFL.com.

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.

Taylor Mays
News
Mays was signed by the Bengals on Thursday, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports.

Mays will return to Cincinnati after being released by the team last offseason. He spent last season with the Raiders, where he recorded 26 tackles in 14 games.

Corey Tindal
No Updates
Chykie Brown
News
The addition of two safeties via the draft has the Giants altering their plan in the secondary, according to NJ.com.

Veteran Chykie Brown was expected to move from cornerback to safety, but Tom Coughlin said Friday he intends to keep him at cornerback. Second-year defensive back Bennett Jackson, who was drafted as a cornerback, will likely remain at his new safety position.

Shawn Williams
News
Williams signed a four-year extension that runs through the 2020 season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

A valuable reserve last season, Williams is now expected to replace the departed Reggie Nelson (signed by Oakland) as a starting safety alongside George Iloka. The 2013 third-round selection came out of college with a reputation for his hitting and run-stopping, but he's also proven to be quite capable in pass coverage. Williams and Iloka both offer IDP potential for 2016.

C.J. Uzomah
News
The Bengals have signed fifth-round choice and tight end C.J. Uzomah.

Uzomah played in 49 games for Auburn and caught 29 passes for 435 yards and seven touchdowns.

Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard (concussion) is among the Bengals' running backs heading into a contract year.

The same applies to Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman, while Jeremy Hill is the only Cincinnati back signed for 2017. With that in mind, it wouldn't surprise us if the team added some running back depth in next week's draft. In any case, Bernard -- who has had plenty of time to bounce back from the concussion he suffered during the NFL playoffs -- is in line to reprise his role working in tandem with Hill, a time-share that favors Hill on early downs and Bernard in passing situations.

AJ McCarron
News
McCarron completed 23 of 41 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers. He also gained nine yards on five carries and had three fumbles, losing one and recovering one.

While the rookie's final stat line certainly looked respectable, McCarron had a diffcult time holding on to the football throughout the game. He fumbled on successive plays early in the second quarter, with the first miscue the result of a mishandled exchange and the second turnover caused by a Cameron Heyward sack. The third time McCarron was separated from the ball did result in a turnover, with defensive lineman Cam Thomas picking up the ball after it was jarred loose by Jarvis Jones. McCarron's interception came on a badly underthrown pass intended for Marvin Jones in the latter stages of the second quarter that was snagged by the Steelers' Antwan Blake. While the Alabama product certainly gave the Bengals reason for optimism in his four starts in Andy Dalton's stead to finish out the regular season, he was unable to come close to matching the efficiency he'd shown in his 280-yard, two-touchdown effort versus Pittsburgh in his first career start on Dec. 13. He misfired on multiple throws to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert under what admittedly adverse weather conditions, and was generally unable to exploit what had been a highly vulernable Steelers secondary. His clutch fourth-quarter touchdown pass to A.J. Green was a notable exception however, with McCarron rifling a bullet to Green at the Steelers' two-yard line that the star receiver was able to carry into the end zone. While Dalton's thumb should be at full health entering offseason workouts, McCarron undeniably gained invaluable experience with his stint of regular-season starts and one playoff game.

Alex Erickson
No Updates
Marcus Hardison
No Updates
George Iloka
News
Iloka signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Bengals on Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Adam Jones
News
Jones re-signed with the Bengals on a three-year contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports

Despite drawing a ton of attention for his costly penalty in the playoffs, Jones enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2015. He'll turn 33 early in the 2016 season, but he seems to have gotten better with age and should still be locked in as a starter. Jones picked off three passes in each of the past three seasons, with tackle totals of 56,63 and 62.

Leon Hall
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Hall underwent back surgery earlier in the offseason, NFL.com's Chris Wesseling reports

According to the source, the surgery was to correct an issue with a disc in his back that had nagged him late in 2015. Hall isn't the cover corner he used to be, but can still patrol the slot effectively, as evidenced by yet another above-average coverage grade per ProFootballFocus.com for his performance last season. In fact, there isn't a season in which Hall hasn't graded out as at least above-average. Nonetheless, the Michigan product is entering his 10th season in the league, and had already experienced an Achilles tear in both 2011 and 2013 before aggravating his back. Coupled with the likelihood of him taking his time to land one last pay day, it may still be a while before Hall finds a new home.

Keith Wenning
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With Andy Dalton still out, Wenning continues to serve as AJ McCarron's backup as Sunday's regular season finale against the Ravens approaches.

Wenning, who was promoted to the Bengals' active roster on Dec. 16, is thus a McCarron (left wrist) injury setback away from seeing his first NFL regular season action. Whether he remains the team's backup QB once the postseason begins hinges on the status of Dalton, who is slated to have his balky right thumb examined Monday.

Zach Hocker
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Hocker was released by the Rams on Tuesday, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

With Greg Zuerlein (hip) back in action this past Sunday, Hocker's spot on the 53-man roster was expendable. Hocker will finish his stint with the Rams with just one field goal and one PAT to his credit.

DeShawn Williams
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Margus Hunt
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Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt has passed his preseason physical and has been cleared to return to practice, the team announced. Hunt was placed on the PUP list to begin the season with an ankle injury he dealt with last season.

"It was a lot better progress from what I thought and what they thought as far as how far along I was," Hunt said. "The conditioning tests [last Thursday], I was fully capable of doing that. There were no setbacks."

The third-year player has 10 total tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 22 career games.

Kevin Huber
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The Bengals have moved seven players -- defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, guard Clint Boling, punter Kevin Huber, receiver Colin Lockett, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, guard Mike Pollak and cornerback Leon Hall to the active roster. They had all previously been on the PUP or NFI lists. 
Carlos Dunlap
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Dunlap (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Dunlap has been sensational on the season with 13.5 sacks through 15 games, and he is available for IDP usage in Week 17.

Darius Hillary
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Kevin Zeitler
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The Bengals have exercised fifth-year options on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler, a source told CBSSports.com Senior NFL Writer William Brinson. 

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.

Vincent Rey
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Rey is re-signing with the Bengals, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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.

David Dean
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Clark Harris
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Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (knee) is officially active for Week 14 against the Colts, as expected. Eifert was on the injury report for Sunday's game, but was considered probable.

Fellow tight end Clark Harris (illness) is also active as expected.

Nick Vigil
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Russell Bodine
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The Bengals and center Russell Bodine agreed to a contract, the first for the rookie out of North Carolina. Bodine was a fourth-round pick in May's draft. He'll compete for playing time in training camp. 
Tyler Kroft
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Kroft is the top tight end on the Bengals' depth chart while Tyler Eifert (ankle) is out, Cole Harvey of ESPN reports.

Kroft is normally the backup tight end to Eifert, but, now that Eifert had ankle surgery, Kroft will be the starter for the time being. Eifert's recovery is projected to take three months, which would equal a return in mid to late August. If that timetable holds true, Kroft will see added reps in training camp and the preseason, which could equate to extra time during the regular season. If Eifert's recovery takes any longer and lasts through the first few weeks of the season, then Kroft will be the team's first option to begin the year, which likely would mean increased numbers for the second-year tight end. Kroft saw extra time near the end of 2015 when Eifert missed time with a neck injury and a concussion. During that stretch, Kroft recorded 11 receptions on 14 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Licata
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Jayson DiManche
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The Bengals will be without the services of linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Jayson DiManche (forearm) for Week 14 against Pittsburgh. Burfict and DiManche were the only two players ruled out for the game, but defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle) and wide receiver James Wright (knee) could join them come Sunday. Both Hunt and Wright were labeled as doubtful for the game.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Domata Peko (elbow) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while defensive end Robert Geathers (hip), wide receiver A.J. Green (thigh), tight end Ryan Hewitt (illness), cornerback Adam Jones (concussion), tackle Marshall Newhouse (hip) and guard/center Mike Pollak (knee) were listed as probable.

 
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