Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd85.4 (30th)195.1 (26th)
Defense18th127.9 (29th)211.2 (10th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19889Georgia
92Baker, Chris DE6-232010/8/19877Hampton
7Barkley, Matt QB6-22279/8/19906Southern California
30Bates, Jessie DB6-22002/26/1997RWake Forest
51Bell, Brandon LB6-12301/9/19951Penn State
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19916North Carolina
37Beverette, Tyrice DB6-02031/28/1995RStony Brook
99Billings, Andrew DT6-13253/6/19953Baylor
49Boehringer, Moritz TE6-422510/16/19931No College
65Boling, Clint T6-53055/9/19898Georgia
8Boyd, Devonte WR6-219310/5/1994RUNLV
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/19943Pittsburgh
52Brown, Preston LB6-125110/27/19925Louisville
93Brown, Andrew DT6-329612/30/1995RVirginia
3Brown, Jon K5-1019712/7/19921Louisville
4Bullock, Randy K5-920612/16/19897Texas A&M
55Burfict, Vontaze LB6-12559/24/19907Arizona State
33Carson, Tra RB5-1123110/24/19922Texas A&M
82Carter, Cethan FB6-32419/5/19932Nebraska
16Core, Cody WR6-32104/17/19943Ole Miss
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19878TCU
21Dennard, Darqueze DB5-1119810/10/19915Michigan State
6Driskel, Jeff QB6-42314/23/19933Louisiana Tech
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19899Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62559/8/19906Notre Dame
69Elmore, Gaelin DE6-52779/8/1995REast Carolina
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/19923Wisconsin
50Evans, Jordan LB6-22331/27/19952Oklahoma
42Fejedelem, Clayton SAF6-02056/2/19933Illinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63054/23/19934Oregon
73Fleer, Austin T6-73066/1/1995RMesa State
34Flowers, Quinton RB5-1021412/2/1994RSouth Florida
88Franks, Jordan TE6-42322/1/1996RUCF
98Glasgow, Ryan DT6-33029/30/19932Michigan
77Glenn, Cordy T6-63459/18/19897Georgia
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19888Georgia
35Harris, Davontae CB5-112051/21/1995RIllinois State
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/198410Rutgers
68Hart, Bobby T6-53348/21/19944Florida State
41Henderson, Trayvon DB6-02088/15/1995RHawaii
89Hewitt, Ryan RB6-42551/24/19915Stanford
23Hill, Brian RB6-121911/9/19952Wyoming
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19923Texas
94Hubbard, Sam DE6-52706/29/1995ROhio State
10Huber, Kevin P6-12117/16/198510Cincinnati
43Iloka, George DB6-42253/31/19907Boise State
22Jackson, William CB6-018710/27/19923Houston
45Jefferson, Malik LB6-324011/15/1996RTexas
60Johnson, T.J. C6-43007/17/19905South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72722/7/198710Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam (FA) DB5-101859/30/198312West Virginia
48Joseph, Junior LB6-02299/7/1994RConnecticut
27Kirkpatrick, Dre DB6-218510/26/19897Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-625010/15/19924Rutgers
11LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19869LSU
44Lawry, Ray RB5-92059/10/1996ROld Dominion
58Lawson, Carl DE6-22616/29/19952Auburn
79Leamon, Javarius T6-73324/16/19931South Carolina State
61Lundblade, Brad C6-33009/21/1995ROklahoma State
80Malone, Josh WR6-32083/21/19962Tennessee
29McRae, Tony CB5-101855/3/19932North Carolina A&T
28Mixon, Joe RB6-12287/24/19962Oklahoma
72Murray, Justin T6-53044/19/19931Cincinnati
56Nickerson, Hardy LB6-02321/5/19942Illinois
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19924Texas A&M
67Okoye, Chris DT6-63206/22/1996RFerris State
30Peerman, Cedric (FA) RB5-1021210/10/19869Virginia
76Perkins, Kent T6-532011/19/19941Texas
38Phillips, Darius CB5-101796/26/1996RWestern Michigan
53Price, Billy C6-430510/12/1995ROhio State
62Redmond, Alex G6-53101/18/19952UCLA
57Rey, Vincent LB6-02509/6/19878Duke
95Rolland-Jones, Ja'Von DE6-225311/13/1994RArkansas State
15Ross, John WR5-1118811/27/19942Washington
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119610/19/19933Notre Dame
86Schreck, Mason TE6-525811/4/19932Buffalo
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12003/27/19924Southern California
23Shelton, Sojourn CB5-916812/25/19941Wisconsin
92Sims, Pat (FA) DT6-233011/29/198511Auburn
19Tate, Auden WR6-52252/3/1997RFlorida State
64Taylor, Rod G6-332010/26/1994ROle Miss
91Tupou, Josh DT6-33505/2/19942Colorado
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19934Auburn
59Vigil, Nick LB6-22398/20/19933Utah State
32Walton, Mark RB5-102023/29/1997RMiami (Fla.)
63Westerman, Christian G6-33002/23/19933Arizona State
13White, Ka'Raun WR6-12067/4/1993RWest Virginia
17Whitfield, Kermit WR5-818410/8/19931Florida State
36Williams, Shawn DB6-02105/13/19916Georgia
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92051/3/19951Texas-San Antonio
75Willis, Jordan DE6-42555/2/19952Kansas State
40Wilson, Brandon DB5-112007/27/19942Houston
73Winston, Eric (FA) T6-731011/17/198312Miami (Fla.)
5Woodside, Logan QB6-22131/27/1995RToledo
47Worley, Chris LB6-12389/15/1995ROhio State
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brad Lundblade
No Updates
Moritz Boehringer
News
Boehringer was signed by the Bengals on Tuesday, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

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.

KeiVarae Russell
News
Russell (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com

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.

Malik Jefferson
No Updates
Ryan Hewitt
News
Hewitt (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice session.

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.

Tyrice Beverette
No Updates
Josh Shaw
News
Shaw (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Jeff Driskel
News
Driskel (arm) said Monday that his broken arm feels excellent, and the quarterback is hoping to be cleared for on-field drills in late May, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

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.

Injury
Arm - Questionable for the start of training camp
Josh Tupou
News
Tupou was promoted to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

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.

Cedric Ogbuehi
News
The Bengals don't intend to exercise Ogbuehi's fifth-year option for 2019, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

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.

Kermit Whitfield
News
Whitfield signed a reserve/future contract with the Bengals on Monday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Jessie Bates
No Updates
Geno Atkins
News
Atkins finished the season with nine sacks and 46 total tackles.

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.

A.J. Green
News
Green (knee) played in the Quavo celebrity flag football game April 1, Justin Felder of FOX5 Sports Atlanta reports.

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.

Clint Boling
News
Boling (shoulder) played in Friday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.

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.

Austin Fleer
No Updates
Preston Brown
News
Brown is signing a one-year contract with the Bengals, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Pat Sims
News
Sims (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 2 game against the Steelers, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Gaelin Elmore
No Updates
Quinton Flowers
No Updates
Trey Hopkins
News
Hopkins (knee) practiced without limitations Wednesday and is in line to play Sunday against the Jaguars.

Hopkins will fill back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup.

Jordan Franks
No Updates
Hardy Nickerson
News
Nickerson was promoted to the Bengals' active roster Saturday.

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.

Ka'Raun White
No Updates
Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick (concussion) was a full participant at Friday's practice and is expected to play Sunday against the Lions.

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.

Joe Mixon
News
Mixon has toned his physique, reporting to the offseason program at about 225 pounds, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site.

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.

Billy Price
No Updates
T.J. Johnson
News
Johnson (pectoral) received clearance to resume football activities "in the winter," Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

Carl Lawson
News
Lawson finished his rookie season with 8.5 sacks, but only 16 tackles.

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.

Jordan Evans
News
Evans (concussion) was a full participant at the Bengals' practice Thursday.

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.

Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard racked up 85 tackles, two sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions and one touchdown over 16 games in 2017.

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.

Clayton Fejedelem
News
Fejedelem was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a wrist injury, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Chris Baker
News
Baker signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Bengals on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Brandon Wilson
News
Wilson (hamstring) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Wilson was forced to sit out Week 14's game against the Bears due to a hamstring injury. The safety was signed off the Bengals' practice squad in early November and is mainly a contributor on special teams.

Andrew Brown
No Updates
Kent Perkins
No Updates
Ray Lawry
No Updates
Bobby Hart
News
Hart is expected to compete for the starting job at right tackle, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Devonte Boyd
No Updates
Mark Walton
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Miami
Tony McRae
News
The Bengals promoted McRae to the 53-man roster Saturday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Junior Joseph
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
News
Boyd had charges dropped from a July 12 car accident in Pittsburgh, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Andrew Billings
News
Billings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered in December, Cincinnati.com reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do."

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.

Sojourn Shelton
No Updates
Auden Tate
No Updates
William Jackson
News
Jackson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
News
Fisher (chest) was cleared for offseason workouts Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

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.

Javarius Leamon
No Updates
Ryan Glasgow
News
The Bengals selected Glasgow in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 138th overall.

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.

Rod Taylor
No Updates
Tra Carson
News
Carson (undisclosed) did not participate in mandatory minicamp last week, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Worley
No Updates
Jon Brown
News
The Bengals signed Brown to a reserve/future contract Monday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Mason Schreck
News
Schreck (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Eric Winston
News
The Bengals signed Winston to a contract Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Randy Bullock
News
Bullock made his only field-goal attempt and four extra points in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

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.

Sam Hubbard
No Updates
Jordan Willis
News
Willis notched his third preseason sack Sunday against the Redskins, drawing the attention of teammate Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals' official site reports. "They come off the edge, they don't even think about it," Burfict raved. "Just go after it. They're young, hungry, and fast. Jordan (Willis) is going to be somebody to reckon with. He comes off the edge fast."

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.

Tyler Eifert
News
Head coach Marvin Lewis said Eifert (back) hasn't suffered any setbacks, but he's unsure what his availability will be for the start of training camp, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports. "When (the doctors and trainers) tell him or release him to do what we can do, then he'll be ready to go," Lewis said when asked if Eifert would be ready for training camp. "The main thing is for him to stay up with everything mentally and when he can get the reps he can get that he was getting before when there wasn't defense over there it was good. There's no reason to get him jostled around right now until the time comes."

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.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Matt Barkley
News
Barkley signed with the Bengals on Saturday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Cody Core
News
Core was a healthy scratch the final two weeks of the season and ended the campaign without a catch, with almost all of his action coming on special teams.

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.

Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell will collect a $1 million roster bonus, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Josh Malone
News
Malone (ankle) did not return to the Bengals' Week 17 finale against the Ravens. He was not targeted in the passing game.

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.

Cordy Glenn
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The Bills have agreed to trade Glenn (foot) to the Bengals, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Logan Woodside
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Andy Dalton
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Dalton anticipates that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will make significant changes to the playbook and scheme for 2018, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports. "When we've changed coordinators in the past, the offense and the scheme and everything has stayed pretty similar," Dalton said. "I think this is going to feel a whole lot different than what we've done and the way we've done things."

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.

Michael Johnson
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Johnson recorded six tackles (four solo) and two sacks Sunday against the Bears.

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.

Brandon Bell
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Bell was promoted to the Bengals' active roster Friday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Chris Okoye
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Shawn Williams
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Williams (hamstring) returned to practice during last week's minicamp, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

C.J. Uzomah
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Uzomah had one catch for seven yards on two targets in the Bengals' season finale win over the Ravens.

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.

Giovani Bernard
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Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is excited to use Bernard and Joe Mixon in the backfield, the team's official website reports.

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.

Justin Murray
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Murray signed a contract with the Bengals on Wednesday, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Brian Hill
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Hill could be in jeopardy of losing his job, Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

Alex Erickson
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Erickson didn't factor in the passing game in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens, but was once again their primary return man.

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.

George Iloka
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Iloka was suspended for one game following his hit on Antonio Brown in Monday night's loss to the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Adam Jones
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The Bengals informed Jones (hernia) they won't pick up his 2018 option, but they're interested in bringing him back to compete for work as a nickel corner and return man, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

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Sports Hernia - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jarveon Williams
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Williams was promoted to the Bengals' active roster Saturday, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Ja'Von Rolland-Jones
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Kevin Huber
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Huber signed a three-year contract extension with the Bengals on Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

Carlos Dunlap
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Dunlap had a sack in the Bengals' Week 17 win over Baltimore, giving him 7.5 sacks on the season.

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.

John Ross
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Ross was a full participant in 11-on-11 drills at the first round of OTAs, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Vincent Rey
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Rey had 10 tackles in the season finale against the Ravens, giving him 85 tackles for the season, with no sacks and one interception.

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.

Darius Phillips
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Davontae Harris
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Cethan Carter
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Clark Harris
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Nick Vigil
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Vigil (ankle/back) claims he suffered a herniated disc last December while rehabbing his sprained ankle, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports. "It was extremely frustrating because I was planning on coming back for the last couple games of the year and then had the back issue and they had to put me on IR," the linebacker said.

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.

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Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyler Kroft
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Kroft (undisclosed) missed mandatory minicamp but is expected to return healthy for the start of training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Trayvon Henderson
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