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Bengals' Andy Dalton: Resumes throwing
Dalton (thumb) has been tossing a football for the past two weeks and recently began shooting a basketball, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.
Dalton seems to be on track in the rehab process after having surgery in late November to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. There have been some murmurs about the Bengals trying to find a new quarterback for their new coaching staff, but director of player personnel Duke Tobin recently said Dalton will enter 2019 as the starter. With two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract, the 31-year-old quarterback may push for some type of financial commitment to back up the supportive words. Dalton was one of the few bright spots for Cincinnati in 2018 and has been a regular presence at the team facility while rehabbing during the early portion of the offseason. NFL rules demand that he waits until April to receive the new playbook from head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Brad Kaaya: Claimed by Cincinnati
Kaaya was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Kaaya was waived by the Colts on Feb. 8 after spending the 2018 season on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury. The 2017 sixth-round pick has yet to earn a job at the NFL level, but he showed potential during his tenure at the University of Miami. He'll compete with Tom Savage for the No. 3 QB job this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Candidate to be released
The Bengals may move on from Burfict (concussion) during the offseason, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.
Burfict played just 43 games the past five seasons, limited by a mixture of suspensions (three), concussions (seven documented) and other injuries. He's only 28 years old, but his peak form hasn't been seen since 2016 and the new coaching staff doesn't have any investment. Burfict has two seasons remaining on a three-year, $33.2 million extension, with a dead cap charge of only $1.8 million if the Bengals decide to release him, per overthecap.com. He'd presumably need to accept a pay cut to have any chance at staying in Cincinnati.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' A.J. Green: Sheds walking boot
Green (toe) is out of his walking boot and could be back on the practice field as soon as May or June, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Green recently spoke with Antonio Gates, who said it took four or five months to regain full range of motion after he had the same procedure done by the same surgeon in February 2008. The tight end suffered a noticeable drop-off in catches and yards that season, but he also scored eight touchdowns and didn't miss any games. With far more time to recover after Dec. 11 surgery, Green should be back to full strength before training camp, if not in time for OTAs. He said he's excited about the transition to head coach Zac Taylor, comparing Taylor's offensive principles to those of Jay Gruden. The 30-year-old wideout had his best statistical seasons under Gruden, averaging 97.5 catches for 1,388 yards and 11 touchdowns between the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. Green actually was on pace for similar numbers in 2018 until the toe injury derailed his season after Week 8.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: Tending to multiple injuries
Kirkpatrick (shoulder) who ended the season on injured reserve, recently appeared at the Bengals' facility to receive treatment for a foot injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Kirkpatrick popped up on the injury report with Achilles and ankle issues at different points this season, and it's possible he could still be recovering from both issues. Fortunately, there haven't been any reports indicating that any of the cornerback's injuries will impact his availability for the start of the Bengals' offseason program.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' A.J. Green: Almost ready to shed boot
Green (toe) said his Dec. 11 surgery went well and he will be out of his walking boot next week, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Green tried to play through a toe injury Week 13 after a three-game absence, but he immediately suffered an aggravation and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. He had at least four receptions and 58 yards in every other appearance during the 2018 campaign, piling up 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns on 77 targets (9.0 YPT) in nine appearances. The impressive per-game production provides hope he can bounce back strong for his age-31 campaign while working with a new head coach (Zac Taylor) and offensive coordinator (reportedly Bill Callahan). Entering the final season of a four-year, $60 million contract, Green likely plans to discuss an extension with the Bengals. He didn't comment on his availability for OTAs or minicamp, but he did say he expects to be 100 percent healthy before Week 1, per Page.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Geno Atkins: Drops out of Pro Bowl
Atkins (undisclosed) did not play in Sunday's Pro Bowl due to an injury, WCPO 9 Cincinnati reports.
There's been no word Atkins is nursing a significant injury, but it's not guaranteed that he'll be available for the start of offseason workouts this spring.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Andy Dalton: Backed by front office
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin suggested Dalton (thumb) will enter 2019 as the team's starting quarterback, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We're very comfortable with Andy," Tobin said. "We think he's got a number of years left. We feel like we can win with him. But with any position group, we don't just throw away the whole draft board at a group just because we're satisfied with who we have."
An overhaul of the coaching staff has led to rumors of a possible change under center, but it's probably an easy decision to keep Dalton given that he has two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract. This doesn't mean the Bengals won't explore options for a long-term upgrade, but it does mean there's an excellent chance Dalton will get the Week 1 start in 2019. Of course, he may not feel so great about the contract situation, with no guaranteed money remaining on his deal and a 2019 cap hit ($16.2 million) that ranks dead last among starting quarterbacks that aren't on a rookie contract (per overthecap.com). Working his way back from late-November thumb surgery, Dalton should have plenty of time to return to full strength before the Bengals start their offseason program in April under new head coach Zac Taylor.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Geno Atkins: Tallies 10 sacks in 2018
Atkins recorded 45 tackles, including 10 sacks, in 16 games in 2018.
Atkins reached double-digit sacks for the third time in his career this past season, highlighted by a three-sack game Week 15. His 45 tackles were up there with many of his best years as well. Atkins will enter his age-31 season in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Darqueze Dennard: Six pass deflections in 2018
Dennard recorded 68 tackles (54 solo), six passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 13 games in 2018.
Dennard tied his career high in passes defensed, though he didn't secure any interceptions this season. While not one of the league's dominant corners, the 2014 first-round pick is a decent starter and likely will see a similar role with Cincinnati once again in 2019.... See More ... See Less
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