|Offense||32nd||85.4 (30th)||195.1 (26th)|
|Defense||18th||127.9 (29th)||211.2 (10th)|
|7||Barkley, Matt||QB||6-2||227||9/8/1990||6||Southern California|
|30||Bates, Jessie||DB||6-2||200||2/26/1997||R||Wake Forest|
|51||Bell, Brandon||LB||6-1||230||1/9/1995||1||Penn State|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||6||North Carolina|
|37||Beverette, Tyrice||DB||6-0||203||1/28/1995||R||Stony Brook|
|49||Boehringer, Moritz||TE||6-4||225||10/16/1993||1||No College|
|4||Bullock, Randy||K||5-9||206||12/16/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||LB||6-1||255||9/24/1990||7||Arizona State|
|33||Carson, Tra||RB||5-11||231||10/24/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|16||Core, Cody||WR||6-3||210||4/17/1994||3||Ole Miss|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||DB||5-11||198||10/10/1991||5||Michigan State|
|6||Driskel, Jeff||QB||6-4||231||4/23/1993||3||Louisiana Tech|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||255||9/8/1990||6||Notre Dame|
|69||Elmore, Gaelin||DE||6-5||277||9/8/1995||R||East Carolina|
|73||Fleer, Austin||T||6-7||306||6/1/1995||R||Mesa State|
|34||Flowers, Quinton||RB||5-10||214||12/2/1994||R||South Florida|
|35||Harris, Davontae||CB||5-11||205||1/21/1995||R||Illinois State|
|68||Hart, Bobby||T||6-5||334||8/21/1994||4||Florida State|
|94||Hubbard, Sam||DE||6-5||270||6/29/1995||R||Ohio State|
|43||Iloka, George||DB||6-4||225||3/31/1990||7||Boise State|
|60||Johnson, T.J.||C||6-4||300||7/17/1990||5||South Carolina|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||272||2/7/1987||10||Georgia Tech|
|24||Jones, Adam (FA)||DB||5-10||185||9/30/1983||12||West Virginia|
|44||Lawry, Ray||RB||5-9||205||9/10/1996||R||Old Dominion|
|79||Leamon, Javarius||T||6-7||332||4/16/1993||1||South Carolina State|
|61||Lundblade, Brad||C||6-3||300||9/21/1995||R||Oklahoma State|
|29||McRae, Tony||CB||5-10||185||5/3/1993||2||North Carolina A&T|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||310||4/25/1992||4||Texas A&M|
|67||Okoye, Chris||DT||6-6||320||6/22/1996||R||Ferris State|
|30||Peerman, Cedric (FA)||RB||5-10||212||10/10/1986||9||Virginia|
|38||Phillips, Darius||CB||5-10||179||6/26/1996||R||Western Michigan|
|53||Price, Billy||C||6-4||305||10/12/1995||R||Ohio State|
|95||Rolland-Jones, Ja'Von||DE||6-2||253||11/13/1994||R||Arkansas State|
|20||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||196||10/19/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|26||Shaw, Josh||CB||6-1||200||3/27/1992||4||Southern California|
|92||Sims, Pat (FA)||DT||6-2||330||11/29/1985||11||Auburn|
|19||Tate, Auden||WR||6-5||225||2/3/1997||R||Florida State|
|64||Taylor, Rod||G||6-3||320||10/26/1994||R||Ole Miss|
|59||Vigil, Nick||LB||6-2||239||8/20/1993||3||Utah State|
|32||Walton, Mark||RB||5-10||202||3/29/1997||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||300||2/23/1993||3||Arizona State|
|13||White, Ka'Raun||WR||6-1||206||7/4/1993||R||West Virginia|
|17||Whitfield, Kermit||WR||5-8||184||10/8/1993||1||Florida State|
|39||Williams, Jarveon||RB||5-9||205||1/3/1995||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|75||Willis, Jordan||DE||6-4||255||5/2/1995||2||Kansas State|
|73||Winston, Eric (FA)||T||6-7||310||11/17/1983||12||Miami (Fla.)|
|47||Worley, Chris||LB||6-1||238||9/15/1995||R||Ohio State|
With Jeremy Hill (ankle), Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon all lined up to play with the Bengals, Peerman wasn't slated for many offensive snaps anyway. He would have been able to vie for return opportunities if it wasn't for the emergence of Alex Erickson in 2016, so even if Peerman does get healthy enough to be activated, don't expect the Bengals to choose that route.
The 2016 sixth-round pick has spent the last two seasons on the Vikings' practice squad, but without a regular-season game under his belt, he'll look for a fresh start with the Bengals. The German wideout is part of the league's International Player Pathway program, which allows players from overseas to be on an NFL roster until the end of training camp. Standing at 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, and running a 4.43 40-yard dash at Florida Atlantic's 2016 pro day, Boehringer holds the raw talent to make an NFL roster, and it'll be up to the Bengals to convert that into a 53-man asset.
Russell is one of the Bengals' newest additions, but it appears as though he'll be active for Sunday's game against the Browns. He'll likely serve as a depth option in the secondary unless he's made a healthy inactive.
Hewitt started the week as a limited participant and did not carry an injury designation into last Sunday's win over the Lions. The 26-year-old appears on track to play Week 17, barring a setback at Friday's practice.
The Bengals limited Shaw's workload in their walkthrough Monday, one day after he suffered the ankle injury in the team's season-opening loss to the Ravens. It doesn't look to be a serious concern for the reserve cornerback, as his participation in Tuesday's session implies that he'll be able to suit up Thursday against the Texans. Before departing with the injury Sunday, Shaw played 22 snaps on defense, logging one stop.
Driskel broke his left, non-throwing arm in practice last December. It sounds like he's close to a full recovery and will at least be present for voluntary workouts this month. The 2016 sixth-rounder is currently the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart with the Bengals' incumbent backup, AJ McCarron, having signed with the Bills this offseason.
Tupou fills the spot that wideout John Ross (shoulder) left behind when he was placed on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie played in just one game this season against Jacksonville, but he didn't play at all on defense or special teams. Tupou isn't expected to play much, if at all, Sunday against the Bears either.
This comes as no surprise given Ogbuehi's struggles since being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Currently set to enter the 2018 season in a backup role, Ogbuehi will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.
At 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds, Whitfield, who went undrafted out of Florida State in 2017, projects as a slot man at the NFL level. He'll be evaluated during the Bengals' offseason program but faces long odds to make the squad's Week 1 roster in 2018.
Though he was quiet in Week 17 against the Ravens, this was another strong season for Atkins. He has 29 sacks over the last three seasons, which is pretty strong for a defensive tackle.
Green's participation suggests he made a full recovery from the minor knee injury that allowed him to skip the Pro Bowl in January. He wasn't even listed on the Bengals' injury report in December, and likely just used a sore knee as an excuse to miss the NFL's all-star game, after being named to the roster for a seventh time in as many professional seasons. Green finished 2017 with career-worst marks for yards per target (7.5), catch rate (52.4 percent) and yards per game (67.4), struggling to make a consistent impact in a Bengals offense that was sabotaged by one of the worst lines in the league. The team began to address the weakness when it traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn in March, and Andy Dalton is optimistic that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is making positive changes to the playbook. Green is well positioned to get back on the right side of 8.0 yards per target, with his lofty volume essentially a given. He'll turn 30 in July and still hasn't shown any signs of losing his speed or ability to separate.
Boling's shoulder injury seems to be a thing of the past at the moment. The 28-year-old is vying for a starting spot along the Cincinnati offensive line, and his health moving forward will likely have a major impact.
A 2014 third-round pick, Brown tied for the NFL lead with 144 tackles last season, but he didn't have a hand in any sacks or turnovers. His tackle totals have gone up each year in the league, from 109 (2014) to 120 (2015) to 139 (2016) to 144. This signing will add fuel to the fire of Vontaze Burfict trade rumors, though it's possible the Bengals envision Brown and Burfict playing alongside each other, given that the team's other linebackers are underwhelming. The 25-year-old Brown is a stat accumulator more so than a true standout talent, but he'll at least be an upgrade on Vincent Rey and Nick Vigil (ankle), a duo that combined for 1,365 defensive snaps last season. A trade involving Burfict would leave Brown and Vigil as the favorites for three-down roles, with Rey, Jordan Evans and others likely competing for snaps in the base defense. It also isn't out of the question that Cincinnati adds linebacking talent in the draft, though there now appears to be greater needs on the roster.
Sims skipped two days of practice this week to tend to the ankle injury, but team trainers deemed his ready to go for Week 2. He'll serve in a depth capacity behind starting defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Domata Peko.
Hopkins will fill back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup.
The Bengals needed to add some depth to their linebacking corps with Kevin Minter (elbow) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Nickerson has played in seven games with the Bengals so far this season, but is used far more often on special teams than he is on defense.
Kirkpatrick has cleared the league's concussion protocol after missing the Bengals' past two games due to his head injury. He'll return to the starting lineup at cornerback across from William Jackson III in Week 16.
Mixon recalled that he weighed 238 pounds when he landed in Cincy as a second-round pick last year. In an effort to "get a step quicker," he's devoted his first full offseason as a professional to working out, instead of traveling the pre-draft circuit. He worked his way up the depth chart during his first campaign, leading all Bengals running backs in yards from scrimmage (913) and rushing yards (626) and matching Gio Bernard in total touchdowns with four. With a goal to lose five more pounds, Mixon likely hopes to improve upon a dismal mark of 3.5 yards per carry, and the departure of Jeremy Hill to the Patriots in free agency should give him enough extra touches to surpass the output from his rookie year. The Bengals traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn in an effort to upgrade an offensive line that was woeful last season, but the right side still looks like a major weakness, one that could be addressed during the upcoming NFL Draft.
Johnson tore his pectoral muscle during a weightlifting session last December. Since he avoided damage to the surrounding ligaments, Johnson didn't require a lengthy recovery process. Now healthy, the 2013 seventh-rounder opens the 2018 offseason as the only true center on the Bengals' roster.
Lawson was used almost exclusively as an outside rusher, and did it from a linebacker slot because the Bengals used a 3-4 formation. In most of your IDP leagues, you need a baseline of tackles from your linebackers to have a weekly floor. The exception would be in leagues where you use multiple players at each defensive position.
Evans sustained the concussion in Sunday's win over the Lions and was a limited participant Wednesday. Full practice participation is obviously a good sign, but the 27-year-old is not yet officially clear of the concussion protocol and should be considered day-to-day until he fully clears it.
Dennard has mostly underperformed since the Bengals selected him in the first round of the 2014 draft. However, it looked like he finally turned the corner of his professional career in 2017, ultimately earning Pro Football Focus' 23rd-highest grade among cornerbacks (out of 120 qualifiers). Furthermore, his 85 tackles were tied for 13th among all defensive backs, placing him right on the IDP radar ahead of the 2018 season.
Fejedelem sustained the injury in the second half Sunday and was subsequently ruled out, although the severity of the injury is unknown. Josh Shaw is in at safety for the Bengals with Shawn Williams doubtful with a back injury.
Baker was cut by the Buccaneers two weeks earlier after proving to be a massive disappointing in his lone season with Tampa Bay after inking a three-year, $15.75 million contract last spring. He accumulated just 33 tackles and a half sack in 15 games while wearing out his welcome in the locker room, making it an easy decision for the Buccaneers to part ways with him. The 30-year-old could bounce back as he heads to a new defensive system, though he'll have to compete Andrew Billings for playing time next to standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
Seemingly recovered from the ankle injury that prematurely ended his 2017 season, Hart has reportedly been getting "a lot" of reps at right tackle this spring while his primary competition, Jake Fisher, has been getting rest in the wake of the heart issue that derailed Fishers' 2017 season. Their respective performances in training camp and the preseason will likely be the deciding factor in who is in the starting lineup come Week 1.
Known for his fines, ejections and suspensions as much as his excellent work between the lines, Burfict hasn't played more than 11 games in a season since his spectacular 171-tackle campaign in 2013. This helps to explain Cincinnati's recent signing of Preston Brown, who tied for the lead league with 144 tackles last season. Burfict's track record won't help his case if he decides to appeal the suspension.
McRae was called up to help provide cornerback depth due to Adam Jones (groin) landing on injured reserve. He will presumably back up William Jackson III in the secondary while offering assistance on special teams.
Last summer, a vehicle registered to Boyd was found wrecked and unattended at 3 a.m. A search of the car revealed some bottles of alcohol and vape pens that tested positive for THC. Although one of Boyd's friends accepted fault for the incident and was charged, the wideout was facing a charge of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, which was dismissed Wednesday. During the preliminary hearing, Boyd also had charges of failing to notify police of a change in address and operation of an unsafe vehicle reduced to traffic citations. With the legal situation behind him, he'll be aiming to bounce back from a second season rife with inconsistency and a knee injury, containing him to 22 catches (on 32 targets) for 225 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.
Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko an unrestricted free agent.
Jackson has seen an increased workload since Adam Jones (groin) was placed on injured reserve. In his last four games, he's accrued 12 tackles (nine solo) and six pass breakups. If Jackson is unable to play Sunday, expect Tony McRae to see an increased workload in his place.
Fisher ended the 2017 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list after receiving November treatment for Atrial fibrillation, a condition characterized by a rapid, irregular heartbeat. However, he's now back in the gym and appears ready to begin preparations for the 2018 campaign.
Glasgow is one of the least-visible contributors from Michigan's suffocating 2016 defense, but he was still a significant part of the Wolverines' dominant run defense. He has good quickness at 6-foot-3, 302 pounds and should give Cincinnati useful rotational snaps at tackle.
Carson spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. It isn't clear if that same injury is what's preventing him from taking the field this spring, but the fact that Carson wasn't wearing a practice jersey like other injured Bengals isn't a good sign. We'll see if Carson's able to take the field during training camp, when he'll compete for a depth role in a Joe Mixon-led backfield.
Brown, who finished the season as a member of the Bengals' practice squad, could get the opportunity to compete with Randy Bullock for the team's kicking gig during training camp. The 25-year-old Brown has yet to make his NFL debut.
Schreck hurt his knee in the third preseason game, though the severity of his injury remains unspecified. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Though best known these days for his role as the president of the NFL Players Association, the 34-year-old Winston is still a battle-tested veteran tackle who should bolster the team's depth along the offensive line following Jake Fisher's (illness) placement on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. With 33 games of experience in the Bengals' system over the last three seasons, it shouldn't take Winston long to get up to speed in advance of Cincinnati's Week 10 matchup with Tennessee.
Bullock finished the season 18-of-20 on field goal attempts and 31-of-33 extra point attempts, while missing one game due to injury. Meanwhile, 46.2 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. The Bengals let rookie Jake Elliott go, and Elliott ultimately had a good season for the Eagles, but their overall stats were comparable.
Burfict also praised teammates Carl Lawson and Chris Smith in the context of that quote. Willis, a third-round pick from Kansas State, had the quickest 40-yard dash among DL at the combine in 4.53 seconds. The Bengals emphasized getting more speed on the defensive line, with positive results so far.
Eifert was limited at OTAs in May and isn't participating in the team's mandatory minicamp currently, which has brought up some concerns regarding Eifert's training camp availability. While coach Lewis didn't necessarily put those concerns to rest Wednesday, he did make it sound as if the Bengals were simply being cautious with their No. 1 tight end and there hasn't been any sort of aggravation. That likely means Eifert is still progressing as expected and further updates should be provided as the start of training camp nears.
Barkley was with the Cardinals for the final seven weeks of last season, but he hasn't played in a game since 2016, when he was picked off 14 times in seven appearances for the Bears. He joins Jeff Driskell (arm) on the Cincinnati depth chart behind Andy Dalton, with the Bengals likely planning to add a draft pick or another veteran before training camp. Barkley likely will need to compete for a roster spot.
Core was already on the fringe of the offense before the Bengals drafted two wide receivers in 2017. He's at risk of losing his roster spot in 2018.
The Bengals surely would like to see some combination of John Ross (shoulder), Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone step up and push LaFell back to fourth or fifth on the depth chart, but it nonetheless makes sense to keep the 31-year-old around as insurance, given that he carries a modest 2018 base salary of $2.55 million, per OverTheCap. The team likely would've released LaFell before Sunday if it planned to do so at all, as his $1 million roster bonus now is guaranteed. He caught 64 of 106 targets for 862 yards and six scores in his first season with the Bengals, but then dropped off to a 52-548-3 receiving line on 88 targets last year. LaFell has only missed nine games in eight NFL seasons, and he's played all 16 games four of the past five seasons.
Malone last caught a pass in Week 13, on the play where the Steelers' Ryan Shazier got hurt. The fourth-round rookie finished with six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. While there's time for development from Malone, he'll be behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross for sure, and Brandon LaFell if the Bengals bring him back too.
While once viewed as one of the league's elite left tackles, Glenn has seen his reputation slip a bit after missing 15 games the past two seasons. He's still only 28 years old and profiles as a massive upgrade for a Cincinnati team that was plagued by atrocious line play last season. Bills head coach Sean McDermott said in February that Glenn should be ready for offseason workouts in April, coming off foot/ankle surgery in December. The trade is excellent news for Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Joe Mixon, while the Bills appear to be in good hands with Dion Dawkins at left tackle.
Lazor was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in September when Ken Zampese was fired after Week 2. The in-season change didn't allow for a new playbook, forcing Lazor to work with a West Coast scheme that originally was installed by Jay Gruden in 2011 and maintained by both Hue Jackson (2014-15) and Zampese. Having previously worked under Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren and Chip Kelly, the 45-year-old Lazor is familiar with a variety of offensive philosophies and terminologies. Dalton struggled mightily while playing behind a porous offensive line last season, posting his lowest passer rating (86.6) since 2014 and worst completion percentage (59.9) since his rookie year of 2011. The Bengals re-signed Tyler Eifert and traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn in March, but they otherwise seem to be banking on Lazor, draft picks and in-house improvement to turn the offense around this upcoming season. It could work out well if Eifert and John Ross stay reasonably healthy, though the right side of the offensive line still appears highly problematic.
Johnson logged 56 of 76 defensive snaps Sunday, the most of any Bengals' defensive linemen. He'll have a tough time accruing more sacks in Week 15 against the Vikings, since QB Case Keenum is second in the league with a sack on just 3.58 percent of his dropbacks.
This move comes in the wake of Kevin Minter (hamstring) being placed on injured reserve, while starter Nick Vigil (ankle) and Vontaze Burfict (concussion) will also be out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. The need for depth was evident, but Bell will be one of five healthy linebackers in Cincinnati, which may afford him some defensive snaps. Still, the undrafted rookie has no NFL experience, so Sunday will serve as a good litmus test of his abilities.
Williams was unable to participate in team drills throughout spring workouts due to a hamstring injury. His absence allowed Jessie Bates to run with the first-team defense, but Williams instantly regained his starting role upon returning to the field during minicamp.
Uzomah had six of his 10 catches over the last three games, including his single touchdown reception. Tyler Eifert will be back, at least for a little while, next season so Uzomah will revert back to the third tight end on the team.
Mixon is headed for the lead role and a majority of carries, but Bernard shouldn't have much competition for backup work with fourth-round rookie Mark Walton replacing Jeremy Hill (Patriots). The plan could change if Mixon gets off to a slow start, considering he averaged just 3.5 yards on 178 carries last season, while Bernard averaged 4.4 on 105 totes. Both backs were effective as pass catchers, with Mixon hauling in 30 of 34 targets for 287 yards and Bernard bringing in 43 of 60 for 389 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals improved their woeful offensive line in the offseason, trading for LT Cordy Glenn and drafting C Billy Price at No. 21 overall. There's also reason to believe a healthy John Ross could help the running game, as opposing safeties will need to be cautious if Ross and A.J. Green are both on the field. Bernard seems to be enjoying a healthy offseason, after spending last spring/summer rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Murray was signed off the Saints' practice squad to fill the roster spot of fellow tackle Andre Smith (knee), who was placed on injured reserve Monday. The second-year player brings no prior NFL experience to the table and will be a depth option along the offensive line.
The Bengals opted to spend their fourth-round pick on running back Mark Walton from Miami. While Walton figures to pencil in behind the likes of Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, there's a strong chance he'll slide above Hill on the depth chart. If that's the case, expect Hill's value to drop immensely, especially if he's unable to escape the current landscape of Cincinnati's clouded backfield.
For the season, Erickson had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. He also had 663 kick return yards and 278 punt return yards. He'll likely resume as the Bengals' top return man in 2018.
Iloka hit Brown with a helmet-to-helmet collision as the superstar wideout caught the game-tying touchdown pass in Monday night's contest. With fellow safety Shawn Williams still dealing with a hamstring injury, the Bengals could be fairly light on depth in the secondary for Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Iloka, however, does plan to appeal his suspension.
The 34-year-old Jones has been in Cincinnati since 2010, highlighted by a four-year stretch from 2013 to 2016 in which he picked off 10 passes and had at least 56 tackles each season. He started all nine games he played last year, but logged less than two-thirds of the defensive snaps in seven of those contests. Jones can become an unrestricted free agent March 14 when the league year begins, and he should draw interest from other teams as a potential slot corner and return specialist. He should make a full recovery from February sports hernia surgery in time for the start of training camp.
Williams has spent the entirety of his rookie season on the Bengals' practice unit, but will get the opportunity to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Vikings. It looks like the Bengals were looking to add depth to their running back corps, as starter Joe Mixon (concussion) is considered questionable for the contest. Williams does not figure to have much of an impact on offense, but he could receive an opportunity to impress via special teams.
Huber has spent his entire nine-season career in Cincy and is now set to remain there through his age-35 season. The veteran averaged a respectable 46.6 yards per punt last season while downing 32 punts within the 20-yard line, his most since 2012.
Dunlap's sack total is a little disappointing, though looking over the last five years, his 13.5 sacks in 2015 look like the outlier. Dunlap also had an interception that he returned for a touchdown this season.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis deemed Ross healthy in March, clearing the second-year wideout for all activities during the offseason program. While his medical record now includes torn labrums in both shoulders, an ACL tear, two meniscus tears and microfracture surgery, Ross is at least healthy for the time being. He'll have every opportunity to supplant Brandon LaFell as the No. 2 receiver, after the 31-year-old managed just 6.2 yards per target with three touchdowns on 52 catches last season.
Rey's tackle count nearly perfectly correlated with absences from Vontaze Burfict. Burfict missed the first three games due to suspension, and Rey had 28 tackles. Burfict missed three of the last four games with injuries, and Rey had 27 more tackles. In between, Rey had only 30 tackles, though he missed two games of his own in that span. Rey's upside is capped, as he's not a pass-rusher or pass-defender. If he's not racking up big tackle numbers, he's not particularly helpful as an IDP.
Vigil sprained his ankle in Week 12 against the Browns and ultimately missed the final five games of the 2017 season. While his ankle is likely recovered at this juncture, it isn't clear where he stands in his recovery from the back injury. The linebacker said he's been able to run and lift weights at the Bengals facility this offseason, and his next step is to receive medical clearance in time for May's Organized Team Activities.
The Bengals are less confident about Tyler Eifert, who also was held out of minicamp while continuing his rehab from last year's back surgery. Kroft proved to be a competent replacement for his oft-injured teammate, scoring seven touchdowns and averaging 56 snaps per game after Eifert suffered his season-ending injury Week 2. Kroft's career marks for yards per catch (9.9) and yards per target (7.1) don't compare to Eifert's, but the 2015 third-round pick at least proved useful near the goal line. While still a long shot to ever become one of Andy Dalton's favorite targets between the 20s, Kroft could reprise the 2017 red-zone workload and snap count if Eifert can't get/stay healthy.