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Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: Doubtful for preseason finale
Kirkpatrick (shoulder) isn't expected to play in Cincinnati's preseason finale Aug. 29 against the Colts, though he should be ready for the regular-season opener in Seattle, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Kirkpatrick has been dealing with a few different injuries throughout camp, and even though he hasn't taken the field in the preseason, head coach Zac Taylor is confident the cornerback will be ready to roll for Week 1. His status should become more clear within the next week or so.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Tyler Boyd: Gearing up for large role
Boyd caught one of two targets for 18 yards in Thursday's 25-23 preseason loss to the Giants.
Boyd wasn't too busy in this one, but that's going to change once the regular season comes around. After breaking out with 76 catches for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018, Boyd is expected to be a major part of Cincinnati's passing game, especially if A.J. Green (ankle) isn't ready to start the season.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Rodney Anderson: Mixed bag in NFL debut
Anderson (knee) made his NFL debut in Thursday's 25-23 preseason loss to the Giants, gaining seven yards on eight carries and catching all four of his targets for 51 yards.
Anderson turned in a forgettable performance on the ground in his return from a torn ACL, but the rookie was effective as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. The 2019 sixth-rounder out of Oklahoma was once a highly-touted prospect before his injury troubles, so Cincinnati will likely hang onto Anderson and allow him to get back to full strength in a depth role behind workhorse Joe Mixon and pass-catcher Giovani Bernard. Such an arrangement wouldn't offer much short-term value, though.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Damion Willis: Strengthening roster case
Willis caught three of six targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 25-23 preseason loss to the Giants.
Willis got the start as the Bengals were without receivers A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (hamstring), but he didn't make a single catch until backup quarterback Ryan Finley was in the game and his three-yard touchdown came from third-stringer Jake Dolegala. Still, this strong performance and coach Zac Taylor's willingness to trot Willis out with the No. 1's suggests the undrafted rookie is positioning himself to make the 53-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Auden Tate: Ruled out with knee issue
Tate was ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Colts due to a left knee injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
The severity of Tate's injury is unclear at this time, though he's likely headed for further testing.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Andy Dalton: Better in third tuneup game
Dalton played three drives in Thursday's 25-23 preseason loss to the Giants, completing seven of 10 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Dalton was solid in this dress rehearsal, with the highlight of his night coming on his final pass -- a 26-yard touchdown to tight end C.J. Uzomah. With star wideout A.J. Green (ankle) fighting an uphill battle to be ready by the start of the regular season, Dalton will need to continue relying on secondary weapons like Uzomah once the games start to count.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Stanley Morgan: Not expected to play Thursday
Morgan is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Giants, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Morgan is one of three receivers not playing Thursday, joining John Ross (hamstring) and A.J. Green (ankle). The 22-year-old hauled in both of his targets for 21 yards last week against the Redskins. Morgan has reportedly generated some buzz in training camp after going undrafted out of Nebraska, but whatever momentum he's accumulated will have to be halted momentarily with him sitting on the sidelines Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Christian Westerman: Returns to team
Westerman was removed from the exempt/suspended list after he returned to the Bengals on Wednesday.
Westerman was contemplating retirement just last week and originally left the team before the Bengals' second preseason game. His return will come as a welcome one, as fellow lineman Cordy Glenn is dealing with a concussion.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Tyler Eifert: Makes preseason debut
Eifert played one snap, drawing a target in the end zone, during last week's preseason win over Washington.
Eifert entered the game as soon as Cincinnati reached the red zone and was promptly overthrown by Andy Dalton. The brief appearance may not seem like much, but it was a nice milestone for an injury-prone player coming back from a severe ankle fracture. Even if C.J. Uzomah technically serves as the starter, Eifert should have a major role on passing downs and in the red zone. Another appearance may be coming in Thursday's preseason game against the Giants.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' John Ross: Expected back for Week 1
Coach Zac Taylor expects Ross (hamstring) to be available Week 1 against the Seahawks, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
That prediction feels a bit optimistic, considering Ross missed all of training camp and isn't likely to make an appearance in any preseason games. Ross hopes to be back at practice Sunday, but it's fair to wonder about the extent of his Week 1 role even if he puts the hamstring injury behind him. The missed practice time would be less of a concern if the Bengals weren't in the process of installing a new offense under a new coaching staff. There's also no reason for confidence when taking into account the wideout's medical history or the quality of his play last year. On the other hand, there's no shortage of opportunity for Ross to eventually earn snaps and targets, as No. 1 receiver A.J. Green (ankle) is set to miss at least the first few games of the season.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' John Ross: Could practice Sunday
Ross (hamstring) is targeting a return to practice Sunday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Ross is managing a lingering hamstring injury, the severity of which has caused him to miss the first two weeks of the preseason and all of training camp. The 2017 first-round pick also appears on track to miss Thursday's exhibition match against the Giants, though a return to practice Sunday would be a step in the right direction. With A.J. Green (ankle) also sidelined, expect Josh Malone, Cody Core, Alex Erickson and Auden Tate to benefit from increased opportunity behind Tyler Boyd as long as Ross is unable to go.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Cordy Glenn: Out with concussion
Glenn is out with a concussion and is unlikely to play in this week's preseason game, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Another offensive line woe is exactly what the Bengals don't need right now. We'll circle back on Glenn when he returns to practice.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' John Ross: Missing more practice time
Ross (hamstring) isn't practicing Monday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Ross has missed all of training camp and the first two weeks of the preseason. His continued absence Monday makes him a longshot to return for Thursday's exhibition against the Giants. With Ross and A.J. Green (ankle) both unavailable, the Bengals have been giving first-team wideout reps to the likes of Cody Core, Josh Malone and Alex Erickson.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Cordy Glenn: Misses practice Sunday
Glenn (undisclosed) wasn't out on the practice field Sunday, Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Glenn was spotted in the locker room before practice but didn't take the field in the session available to reporters. The reason for his absence is undetermined as of yet, but Bengals fans will be hoping to see the team's starting left tackle back before long.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Trayveon Williams: Out for remainder of preseason
Williams (foot) will not play in either of the team's final two preseason games, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Williams suffered the injury during Thursday's game against the Redskins, and was unable to return. Head coach Zac Taylor continued on to say that the Texas A&M product could return for Week 2 of the regular season at the earliest. With Williams sidelined, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard will receive the bulk of work during Thursday's preseason game against the Giants as they prepare for the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Ryan Finley: Efficient against Washington
Finley was 20-of-26 for 150 yards and two touchdowns against Washington in Thursday's second preseason game for the Bengals.
Finley did all of his work with the Bengals second-team offense, whereas Jeff Driskell worked with the third team. Finley appears to be on his way to winning the backup job behind Andy Dalton.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Christian Westerman: Likely to retire
Westerman has left the team and has been placed on the exempt/suspended list, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Westerman is expected to retire after not joining the team on their trip to Washington D.C. to play in the Bengals' second preseason game. That would make him the third lineman for the Bengals to retire since the start of training camp.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' William Jackson III: Good to go
Jackson III (undisclosed) played 10 defensive snaps during Thursday's 23-13 preseason win over Washington.
Jackson also played two snaps on special teams. He appears recovered from the undisclosed injury suffered during practice last Thursday. The 2016 first-round pick is primed for a starting role in Cincinnati's secondary opposite Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder).... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Andy Dalton: First team struggles Thursday
Dalton and the Bengals' first-team offense ran only 11 plays on three series in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, committing six penalties in the process, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "This week wasn't quite good enough. We've got a lot to improve on," coach Zac Taylor said. "That first drive, I don't know how to feel about it. Very disjointed. Too many penalties."
Dalton completed five of nine passes for 35 yards and threw a pick-six on a tipped ball that was returned 96 yards - had it not been tipped, it would have likely resulted in a touchdown pass to Trayveon Williams.... See More ... See Less
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