AFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 10-7-0
4-2-0 9-7-1
3-3-0 8-9-0
1-5-0 8-9-0

Top Joe Mixon News

  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Unlikely to play this week

    Mixon and other starters likely will be held out of Sunday's preseason game against the Giants, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

    Coach Zac Taylor said he's likely to sit most of his key players for a second straight week. It's unclear if Mixon will play in the preseason finale, or not at all this exhibition season, but either way he's locked in for a starring role as Cincinnati's lead back come Week 1.

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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Among starters who could sit Friday

    Mixon is unlikely to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Cardinals after head coach Zac Taylor said that a majority of the Bengals' starters will sit out the contest, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

    Given that Mixon is entrenched as the Bengals' starting running back, the team has no need to overwork the 26-year-old during the upcoming exhibition slate. With that in mind, look for the team's focus Friday to be on finding playing time for younger players and those competing for depth slotting.

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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Could play a few more third downs

    Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan prefers resting Mixon on third down rather than early downs, but Callahan did say he'd like to see "maybe a little bit more usage on third down" this season, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

    Backup Samaje Perine isn't a better pass catcher than Mixon, but Perine did solid work last year, and the Bengals prefer to rest their starter on downs where a run play is unlikely. Coach Zac Taylor noted that more targets for Mixon would mean less for someone else, specifically naming star wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Given that the team still has Perine -- plus another potential passing down back in 2021 sixth-round pick Chris Evans -- it's unlikely this will be the year Mixon gets regular work on third downs. It's been a topic of discussion among fantasy players nearly every season of his career, with some thinking it would happen in 2021 after RB Giovani Bernard ended his eight-year run in Cincinnati. Instead, Mixon found fantasy success with career highs for carries (292), rushing yards (1,205) and touchdowns (16 total), while his mark of 2.6 receptions per game was identical to his career number. Even if he doesn't catch more passes, Mixon has an opportunity to match or exceed his numbers from last year after the Bengals signed three experienced O-line starters (La'el Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras) in the offseason.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 220 lbs
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Age: 26
School: Oklahoma
Experience: 6