|Offense||15th||112.8 (13th)||245.2 (15th)|
|Defense||11th||92.3 (6th)||248.5 (19th)|
|15||Alford, Mario||WR||5-8||180||2/25/1992||2||West Virginia|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||4||North Carolina|
|61||Bodine, Russell||C||6-3||308||6/30/1992||3||North Carolina|
|Bonnet, Andrew||FB||6-3||245||//||R||North Dakota State|
|Brown, Ryan||DE||6-6||266||6/10/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||248||9/24/1990||5||Arizona State|
|Carson, Tra||RB||6-0||231||10/24/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|93||Clarke, Will||DE||6-6||291||5/4/1991||3||West Virginia|
|14||Dalton, Andy||QB||6-2||216||10/29/1987||6||Texas Christian|
|47||Dawson, P.J.||OLB||6-0||240||1/13/1993||2||Texas Christian|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||CB||5-11||197||10/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|DiManche, Jayson||LB||6-1||244||9/22/1990||3||Southern Illinois|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||250||9/8/1990||4||Notre Dame|
|Grant, Antwane||WR||6-1||205||//||R||Western Kentucky|
|29||Hall, Leon (FA)||CB||5-11||195||12/9/1984||10||Michigan|
|91||Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||315||2/14/1992||2||Arizona State|
|Harris, Darien||OLB||6-0||220||3/31/1993||R||Michigan State|
|50||Hawk, A.J. (FA)||OLB||6-1||240||1/6/1984||11||Ohio State|
|Hill, Bronson||RB||5-10||215||1/2/1993||1||Eastern Michigan|
|32||Hill, Jeremy||RB||6-1||235||10/20/1992||3||Louisiana State|
|99||Hunt, Margus||DE||6-8||290||7/14/1987||4||Southern Methodist|
|43||Iloka, George||SS||6-4||225||3/31/1990||5||Boise State|
|60||Johnson, T.J.||C||6-4||300||7/17/1990||3||South Carolina|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||280||2/7/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|24||Jones, Adam||CB||5-10||180||9/30/1983||10||West Virginia|
|LaFell, Brandon||WR||6-3||210||11/4/1986||7||Louisiana State|
|88||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-8||272||12/27/1990||1||Eastern Kentucky|
|Mobley, Dy'Shawn||RB||6-0||225||//||R||Eastern Kentucky|
|2||Nugent, Mike||K||5-10||190||3/2/1982||12||Ohio State|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||306||4/25/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|94||Peko, Domata||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||11||Michigan State|
|Peters, John||TE||6-8||230||4/29/1992||R||Mount St. Joseph|
|Raven, Floyd||DB||6-0||202||12/31/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|40||Smith, Derron||FS||5-10||200||2/4/1992||2||Fresno State|
|19||Tate, Brandon||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||8||North Carolina|
|Vigil, Nick||ILB||6-2||239||8/20/1993||R||Utah State|
|Weidenaar, John||OL||6-7||302||//||R||Montana State|
|Wenning, Keith||QB||6-2||223||2/14/1991||1||Ball State|
|Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||296||2/23/1993||R||Arizona State|
|77||Whitworth, Andrew||T||6-7||330||12/12/1981||11||Louisiana State|
|73||Winston, Eric||T||6-7||302||11/17/1983||10||Miami (Fla.)|
|Wright, James||WR||6-1||201||12/31/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Pryor last appeared in a game in 2013.
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.
The Bengals are down two corners, with Dennard out for the season, and Adam Jones battling a foot injury. Shaw played the slot Sunday night, with Leon Hall moving back to the outside.
Maualuga 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.
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.
In addition to the playoff sack, Atkins had 11 sacks in the regular season, second only to his big breakout season in 2012 where he had 12.5 sacks. The Bengals are still well-equipped to have a great pass rush in 2016, with Atkins and Carlos Dunlap leading the way.
The Pro 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.
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.
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.
Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.
The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.
Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.
The Bengals 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whitworth, a nine-year veteran at left tackle, said he understands the business side of football and will mentor the new players.
"How I do things as a captain and leader, I am not planning on doing just what everyone else does," Whitworth said. "I want to be above and beyond and more than the average guy in this locker room, and have and always will."
With those key targets out, quarterback Andy Dalton figures to rely on running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and wideout Mohamed Sanu.
Cincy is a 3.5-point underdog as Dalton looks for his first playoff win in four tries.
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.
Whitworth has been an excellent lineman with the Bengals for ages, so it's a nice reward as he delves deeper into the veteran portion of his career. A big winner in this is Andy Dalton, who hasn't been sacked by a Whitworth-guarded pass rusher since 2013.
Hall and Burfict were ruled out on the team's final injury report, which also listed Bernard, Maualuga and Smith as doubtful to play. Jeremy Hill is expected to carry the load at running back with Bernard sidelined.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uzomah played in 49 games for Auburn and caught 29 passes for 435 yards and seven touchdowns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Dunlap has been sensational on the season with 13.5 sacks through 15 games, and he is available for IDP usage in Week 17.
Kirkpatrick played in all 16 games (two starts) recorded 23 total tackles in 2014. He was selected by the Bengals as the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Zeitler, the 27th pick in 2012, started 12 games in 2014, having missed four due to a calf injury. He has been a three-year starter for the Bengals.
Rey piled up 95 tackles in 16 games (eight starts) last season, with the bulk of his production coming while Vontaze Burfict (suspension) was still recovering from injury in September and October. With Burfict suspended for the first three games of 2016, Rey should be a useful early-season IDP for a second straight year, though he may eventually move back to a depth role.
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.
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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