|Offense||19th||104.5 (17th)||247.0 (17th)|
|Defense||27th||70.5 (3rd)||332.0 (30th)|
|30||Bates, Jessie||DB||6-1||200||2/26/1997||R||Wake Forest|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||6||North Carolina|
|4||Bullock, Randy||K||5-9||210||12/16/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|33||Carson, Tra||RB||5-11||228||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||200||10/10/1991||5||Michigan State|
|6||Driskel, Jeff||QB||6-4||233||4/23/1993||3||Louisiana Tech|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||255||9/8/1990||6||Notre Dame|
|68||Hart, Bobby||T||6-5||318||8/21/1994||4||Florida State|
|94||Hubbard, Sam||DE||6-5||265||6/29/1995||R||Ohio State|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||280||2/7/1987||10||Georgia Tech|
|29||McRae, Tony||CB||5-10||185||5/3/1993||2||North Carolina A&T|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||308||4/25/1992||4||Texas A&M|
|23||Phillips, Darius||CB||5-10||190||6/26/1995||R||Western Michigan|
|53||Price, Billy||C||6-4||308||10/11/1994||R||Ohio State|
|19||Tate, Auden||WR||6-5||228||2/3/1997||R||Florida State|
|59||Vigil, Nick||LB||6-2||240||8/20/1993||3||Utah State|
|32||Walton, Mark||RB||5-10||202||3/29/1997||R||Miami (FL)|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||305||2/23/1993||3||Arizona State|
|75||Willis, Jordan||DE||6-4||275||5/2/1995||2||Kansas State|
|82||Carter, Cethan (IR)||FB||6-3||245||9/5/1993||2||Nebraska|
|35||Harris, Davontae (IR)||CB||5-11||205||1/21/1995||R||Illinois State|
|41||Henderson, Trayvon (IR)||DB||6-0||208||8/15/1995||R||Hawaii|
|26||Shaw, Josh (IR)||CB||6-1||200||3/27/1992||4||USC|
|64||Taylor, Rod (IR)||G||6-3||320||10/26/1994||R||Ole Miss|
|49||Boehringer, Moritz||TE||6-4||243||10/16/1993||1||No College|
|34||Flowers, Quinton||RB||5-10||214||12/2/1994||R||South Florida|
|24||Goodwin, C.J.||DB||6-3||190||2/4/1990||3||California (PA)|
|Hackenberg, Christian||QB||6-4||228||2/14/1995||3||Penn State|
|61||Lundblade, Brad||C||6-3||295||9/21/1995||R||Oklahoma State|
|20||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||196||10/19/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|17||Whitfield, Kermit||WR||5-8||192||10/8/1993||1||Florida State|
|47||Worley, Chris||LB||6-1||238||9/15/1995||R||Ohio State|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||LB||6-1||255||9/24/1990||7||Arizona State|
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.
Shaw ended up on Cincinnati's injured reserve after being waived/injured with an undisclosed injury. Now, upon reaching an injury settlement with the Bengals, Shaw will be an unrestricted free agent.
Given that he completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 7.7 yards per attempt during the preseason, Driskel might have won the job even if Barkley hadn't injured his knee. It still isn't a situation that would inspire any confidence in the event of an Andy Dalton injury.
The 24-year-old was recovering from a sprained MCL, but it appears he's shaken the injury. Still, the Bengals weren't ready to insert him into the lineup. Tupou's absence will leave Ryan Glasgow as the lone backup defensive tackle for Week 1.
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.
Bates brings both excellent speed and above-average ball skills to the table. He's tentatively slated to start alongside Shawn Williams as the last line of defense in the Bengals secondary.
Atkins looked dominant in Week 2, overpowering Baltimore's offensive line and sacking quarterback Joe Flacco twice for a total loss of six yards. The star defensive tackle will look to benefit from a long week of rest before suiting up against the Panthers next Sunday.
The perennial Pro Bowler was at his best over the first two quarters, bringing in a trio of touchdowns that put his diverse skill set on display. Green utilized raw speed to get to the right corner of the end zone for his first score from four yards out, and he employed both his strength and speed to break a tackle and race into the end zone for a 32-yard score later in the first quarter. The eight-year pro then flashed his solid route running and hands on a perfectly timed curl route to haul in a seven-yard scoring dart just beyond the left pylon in the second quarter. Green already has four touchdowns over his first two games, bringing in 11 of 17 targets along the way. He'll look to continue his early-season success versus the Panthers in Week 3.
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.
Brown is still recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the first half of Week 1's victory over the Colts. The Bengals' linebacker corps enters Thursday Night Football without two starters, given that Brown and Vontaze Burfict (suspension) are both out. Backup Hardy Nickerson should receive a large defensive workload against Baltimore.
Hackenberg spent the offseason in Philadelphia but failed to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The former 2016 second-round selection will now join his fourth different team.
Nickerson received the start at middle linebacker with Preston Brown (ankle) sidelined, and played all but one defensive snap in his absence. Brown will have additional time to recuperate for Week 3, and his availability should be the deciding factor in Nickerson's workload next week.
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.
While a specific timetable has yet to be confirmed by the team, initial reports suggested a two-week recovery period for Mixon. With that in mind, Giovani Bernard is in line to see added work in the Bengals' backfield, beginning Sunday against the Panthers. Tra Carson and Mark Walton are also on hand for backup/complementary duty.
Price played 19 offensive snaps prior to being ruled out with the injury. The severity of the sprain remains unclear, but the 22-year-old will have a few extra days to rest up before Week 3. Trey Hopkins should fill in at center if Price is forced to miss any time.
The Bengals first defensive unit had their way against the Bills' starting OL, recording five of their six sacks in the first half. Lawson, Andrew Billings, Geno Atkins and Jordan Willis were particularly effective in their pass rush Sunday.
Evans collided with fellow linebacker Vontaze Burfict and was on the ground motionless for a short period. He will almost certainly enter the concussion protocol and is at best questionable for Week 17 at Baltimore.
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 probably won't replace Williams - in fact, many of his tackles occurred after he was beat in coverage. But after recording only 57 tackles last season, he's already off to a bigger start this year.
Westerman injured his back in the Bengals' third preseason game, but the offensive lineman's absence from the injury report suggests he's all set to take the field in Sunday's season opener against the Colts.
Brown missed just under two weeks for undisclosed reasons. The rookie fifth-round pick will need to make up for lost time, as there are only two preseason games remaining before final roster cuts. Should he make the team, Brown projects as a depth defensive lineman.
The right side of the Bengals' offensive line remains a question mark. Teammate Alex Redmond also struggled at right guard. The competition only gets tougher Thursday night against the Ravens.
Mixon is slated for a two-week absence due to his incoming arthroscopic knee surgery, opening the door for Giovani Bernard to lead the Cincinnati backfield for a spell. The aforementioned duo each earned 39 (of 76) offensive snaps Thursday against the Ravens, so opportunity awaits Walton, who was inactive in the same contest. A 2018 fourth-round pick, Walton racked up a pitiful 21 yards on 22 carries during the preseason, which should prompt a wait-and-see approach with the rookie.
Burfict is unlikely to play in the Bengals' two remaining preseason games because of the injury, in addition to him missing the first four games of the regular season due to the suspension.
McRae was practicing in a limited fashion until he was full speed Friday. The 25-year-old showed enough in preseason to make the 53-man roster, but he'll be used mainly in a special teams role.
Boyd's reception and receiving yardage totals paced the team on the night, even as he was mostly overshadowed by teammate A.J. Green's three-touchdown tally. However, the 23-year-old's performance was just as encouraging in its own way, given the considerable downturn he saw in 2017 (22-225-2). Boyd is currently outperforming the more heralded John Ross while also starting alongside Green as the No. 2 receiver. He'll look to continue the strong start to 2018 versus the Panthers in Week 3.
Billings was a force on Sunday, combining with Carl Lawson and crew to total six sacks overall. He should play a much bigger role for the team this year after being limited last year. The release of Chris Baker makes it obvious that Billings will play often in 2018.
Tate and Cody Core (back) are inactive for Week 1, which will bump Alex Erickson to the No. 5 wide receiver role. It's not a good sign for Tate, who was selected in the seventh round of April's draft, as this may be a consistent role for him.
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.
Both the right guard and right tackle positions are up for grabs for the Bengals. Hopkins is still listed as the starter on the depth chart, but Redmond got some playing time last year and the team likes his aggression.
Saturday was the first day of full pads for the Bengals' training camp. The Bengals' offensive line was a major liability last season, and they picked up a new left tackle in Cordy Glenn and a new center in rookie Billy Price, but less has been said about the right side of the line, which wasn't all that great either.
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.
Taylor tore the ACL in his right knee during the opening week of training camp and is likely sidelined until next spring.
With Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton (shoulder) all locked into spots, Carson and Hill were left to compete for a single job. Carson doesn't figure to have much of a role in the offense, but the Bengals may keep him active for Week 1 against the Colts if they expect him to contribute on special teams.
Schreck sustained a knee injury in the preseason last year and was subsequently placed on injured reserve, but he's apparently healthy to start 2018 training camp. The 24-year-old will need to make quite an impression in training camp to earn the No. 3 tight end role and a spot on the 53-man roster.
A fifth-round pick in 2012, Bullock bounced around the league to limited success over his first six seasons, suiting up for five different teams while converting only 83 of 102 field-goal attempts (81.4 percent). He appeared to get comfortable in Cincinnati last season, however, nailing 18 of 20 attempts from the field and 31 of 33 extra-point tries to retain the kicking job in 2018. With Bullock having made all 12 of his kicks through the first two weeks of the current campaign, the Bengals opted to reward him with an extension that will keep him under contract through 2020. The Cincinnati offense appears to be on the rise again after an underwhelming 2017 season, making Bullock a decent fantasy option, at least in venues where weather isn't an issue.
Hubbard played only one defensive snap against Buffalo in Week 1, but he was able to record his first career sack after Michael Johnson exited early in Thursday's game with a knee injury. The rookie third-round pick played 50 of 85 defensive snaps against the Ravens, and he should have increased opportunities with Johnson likely sidelined for a few weeks.
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 ended up playing on a robust 49 snaps (64 percent), but he was outproduced by position mate C.J. Uzomah despite the latter logging 12 fewer plays overall. Of considerably more importance is the fact that Eifert has made it through the first two games of the season without so much as a nick, as the oft-injured tight end's health is of paramount concern given last season's back surgery. The 28-year-old will look to improve on his current 5-67 line when the Bengals face off with the Panthers in Week 3.
Core was also inactive for the team's season-opening victory over the Colts. The 24-year-old was likely to only see snaps on special teams, so his absence shouldn't have a significant impact on either team's skill position players.
As his numbers imply, Dalton was brilliant, particularly during a first half when he connected with A.J. Green for touchdowns of four, 32 and seven yards. He notched his fourth and final score of the contest before halftime as well, hitting Tyler Boyd from 14 yards out with 2:58 remaining in the second quarter to give the Bengals a seemingly commanding 28-7 lead at the time. Through two games, Dalton now has an impressive 6:1 TD:INT to go along with 508 yards, numbers he'll look to continue building on against the Panthers in Week 3.
Johnson sustained the injury during Thursday's game against the Ravens and left the contest after playing only four snaps. The injury is believed to be a sprained left MCL, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Jordan Willis and Sam Hubbard should see increased workloads in his absence.
Williams additionally forced one fumble and accumulated eight combined tackles. The 27-year-old's impressive defensive performance was key in securing Cincinnati's victory over Baltimore. Williams will once again suit up as the Bengals' starting strong safety against the Panthers in Week 3.
Although he was outpaced by starter Tyler Eifert by 12 snaps Thursday, Uzomah was the more productive of the two. The fourth-year pro showed some upside as a pass catcher two seasons ago with a 25-234-1 line over 10 games, and with the Bengals looking to preserve the injury-prone Eifert for all 16 games, Uzomah could see his fair share of playing time and targets between the 20s throughout the campaign.
If available, Bernard merits an immediate pickup by those looking for short-term running back help. Additionally, he could end up being a nice DFS value play in Week 3, if the price is right.
Erickson is now signed with the Bengals through the 2020 season. The 25-year-old accumulated 663 kick return yards and 278 punt return yards in 2017, in addition to logging 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. Erickson stands to resume his role as Cincinnati's top return man this season, but could see less work in three-wideout sets with John Ross posed for increased snaps.
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.
This was the second of two weak penalties called against Dunlap (the other where he hit Luck on the foot as part of a pass rush, that was ruled a late hit). The first penalty allowed for the Colts to kick a field goal right before halftime, the latter he essentially wiped out by recording another sack that took the Colts deep enough that they missed the ensuing field goal attempt.
Meanwhile, Tyler Boyd had a big day in the slot. It's only two games, but so far Ross is profiling as a boom-or-bust type of player, with limited opportunities to boom.
Rey injured his ankle in the preseason opener and proceeded to miss the remainder of the exhibition slate. However, his full participation in Wednesday's practice suggests the linebacker is now back to normal, fully on track to suit up for Sunday's season opener against the Colts.
Harris, a fifth-round rookie out of Illinois State, will hope to get healthy in time for the Bengals' final preseason game against the Colts on Thursday. As long as he is out, expect C.J. Goodwin and Tony McRae to provide depth for the Bengals at cornerback.
Carter injured his arm during Thursday's preseason finale. It's unlikely that Carter was going to beat out the likes of C.J. Uzomah or Mason Schreck for a reserve gig anyhow. Carter will be eligible to return after Week 8, but the odds of that happening seem unlikely.
Vigil led the Bengals in tackles for the second straight game, once again playing every defensive snap. The 25-year-old has 20 tackles (17 solo) through Week 2 and has performed well while fellow starting linebackers Vontaze Burfict (ankle, suspension) and Preston Brown (ankle) are sidelined.
On the bright side, Kroft doubled his snap count from 17 to 34. On the increasingly dour side, he was in there to block on many of those snaps, and third string tight end C.J. Uzomah was more active in the passing game. Kroft is waiver bait unless and until Tyler Eifert gets hurt again.
Henderson had a solid preseason, making one tackle for a loss and one sack in the finale. The undrafted rookie was expected to win the starting safety position, but now he'll likely be out for the season unless he reaches an injury settlement with Cincinnati.