|Offense||32nd||68.0 (32nd)||197.6 (29th)|
|Defense||12th||122.4 (27th)||200.6 (6th)|
|25||Bernard, Giovani||RB||5-9||205||11/22/1991||5||North Carolina|
|61||Bodine, Russell||C||6-3||308||6/30/1992||4||North Carolina|
|4||Bullock, Randy||K||5-9||214||12/16/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||255||9/24/1990||6||Arizona State|
|16||Core, Cody||WR||6-3||214||4/17/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|21||Dennard, Darqueze||CB||5-11||205||10/10/1991||4||Michigan State|
|43||Iloka, George||FS||6-4||225||3/31/1990||6||Boise State|
|60||Johnson, T.J.||G||6-4||295||7/17/1990||4||South Carolina|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||280||2/7/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|24||Jones, Adam||CB||5-10||185||9/30/1983||11||West Virginia|
|70||Ogbuehi, Cedric||T||6-5||310||4/25/1992||3||Texas A&M|
|20||Russell, KeiVarae||CB||5-11||196||10/19/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|26||Shaw, Josh||CB||6-1||190||3/27/1992||3||Southern California|
|59||Vigil, Nick||OLB||6-2||240||8/20/1993||2||Utah State|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||305||2/23/1993||2||Arizona State|
|75||Willis, Jordan||DE||6-4||260||5/2/1995||R||Kansas State|
|73||Winston, Eric||T||6-7||310||11/17/1983||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|33||Carson, Tra (IR)||RB||5-11||228||10/24/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|6||Driskel, Jeff (IR)||QB||6-4||238||4/23/1993||2||Louisiana Tech|
|85||Eifert, Tyler (IR)||TE||6-6||255||9/8/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|32||Hill, Jeremy (IR)||RB||6-1||230||10/20/1992||4||LSU|
|30||Peerman, Cedric (IR)||RB||5-10||212||10/10/1986||8||Virginia|
|86||Schreck, Mason (IR)||TE||6-5||252||11/4/1993||R||Buffalo|
|52||Bell, Brandon||LB||6-1||230||1/9/1995||R||Penn State|
|McRae, Tony||CB||5-10||185||5/3/1993||1||North Carolina A&T|
|13||Whitfield, Kermit||WR||5-8||184||10/8/1993||R||Florida State|
|39||Williams, Jarveon||RB||5-9||205||1/3/1995||R||Texas-San Antonio|
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.
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's full participation likely puts him on track to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars. Hewitt hasn't played since Week 4 against the Browns, when he hauled in one reception for 16 yards. That was his only target of the season, so don't expect him to get many more reps in the passing game the rest of the way.
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.
While that is surely a good sign for Driskel's health, it still leaves his future with the Bengals a tad cloudy. Should the quarterback's injury require a short recovery time, it's likely the team ends up keeping him on the final roster, but if it is still seen as fairly serious, the Bengals could be reluctant to keep him around.
Dielman failed to see any snaps in the season opener Monday and now will be released with the presumption that his roster spot will open up for holdout Aaron Donald. The Rams, reportedly, hope to bring back Dielman, however, so they may try and sign him to the team's practice squad if he's not scooped up by another team.
The Bengals let Andrew Whitworth walk this offseason in part to hang on to Ogbuehi, who struggled before getting hurt last year. He'll have his hands full in the Bengals' matchup with the Texans on Thursday night.
Minter will miss his fourth straight game since dislocating his elbow against Pittsburgh in Week 6. Veteran linebacker Vincent Rey will continue to slot into the starting middle linebacker role.
The team waived wide receiver Monty Madaris, and signed Whitfield in a corresponding deal. Whitfield, an undrafted free agent, originaly signed with the Bears in April before ultimately being let go. The Florida State product ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. He will compete in training camp for a role on the final roster.
Orndoff was released from the team's practice squad Tuesday to make room for safety Derron Smith, but after Smith elected to terminate his own contract Thursday, the Bengals will bring Orndoff back.
Atkins now has six sacks through nine games, and he has a chance of passing his career high of 12.5 sacks. Still, the eight-year defensive tackle has left fantasy owners out to dry four times this season when he has failed to record a sack, making Atkins most worthy in daily formats against questionable offensive lines.
Green had a rather quiet game going into the fourth quarter, but an 18-yard touchdown reception salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. While he's only surpassed 50 receiving yards in one of his last five games, three trips to the end zone during that span have benefited his fantasy owners. Green will look to further distance himself from recent quiet outings next week against the Browns.
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.
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 intercepted Brock Osweiler in the end zone and was primed for a pick-six, but settled for a 101-yard return to the Broncos one-yard line after losing control of the ball as he neared the end zone. The 28-year-old totaled three defensed passes in the victory, as well.
Mixon received 20 carries for the first time in his young career as his team looked to milk a lead, but he managed just 2.5 yards per carry and had a long gain of eight. On a positive note, Giovani Bernard received just four touches in this one, meaning the rookie's usage should remain high moving forward. Still, his 2.9 yards per carry on the season indicate he's yet to make the most of his opportunities -- a trend he'll look to buck next week against the Browns.
Johnson will return to his reserve lineman role since Trey Hopkins (knee) also will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Cincinnati is emphasizing generating a pass rush along its front four by adding Lawson and Jordan Willis early in the draft. Lawson racked up 9.5 sacks and 14.0 tackles for loss in his final season on The Plains before heading to the NFL. There are some durability concerns with Lawson, as Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan reports that persistent knee issues raise questions regarding his longevity. Still, if Lawson can stay on the field, he'll be able to get to the quarterback.
The last time Fejedelem suited up as a starter, he posted just three tackles (two solo) against the Ravens in Week 1. The second-year pro has played seven games since his first start, but he's rarely played on defense so it's tough to tell if he's made improvements.
Wilson, a sixth-round rookie out of Houston, was previously waived by the team coming out of training camp after beginning the season on the Non-Football/Injury list with a knee issue. Now healthy, he'll provide the team with some additional depth at safety with Shawn Williams (hamstring) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Titans.
It was Burfict's most active game of the season and no surprise that it came against Brock Osweiler and the Broncos. Cincinnati has a similarly appealing matchup against the Browns in Week 12.
Boyd has missed the Bengals' last three games with a knee injury, but he practiced throughout the week and was omitted from the injury report Friday, indicating that he'll a healthy inactive. Though he opened the season as the Bengals' No. 3 wideout, Boyd had struggled to offer much utility in that role, hauling in six of nine targets for 43 yards. It appears head coach Marvin Lewis views Josh Malone and rookie first-round pick John Ross as better bets than Boyd to have roles in the club's offensive game plan.
After falling to the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Billings suffered a torn meniscus in training camp and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Now back to full strength, the Baylor product will have a chance to compete for a starting job this summer given the recent release of long-time Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko.
Jackson was listed as questionable after putting in a full practice Friday, but will not be available Sunday. The Bengals are also without Adam Jones (concussion), with Josh Shaw and KeiVarae Russell likely to serve as the nickel and dime corners.
Fisher is slated to undergo a procedure this week to address the issue and is expected to make a full recovery well in advance of the 2018 season. To address the void at offensive tackle left by Fisher's absence, the Bengals signed veteran Eric Winston on Wednesday.
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 was fourth on the team's depth chart at running back, so he was an unlikely candidate to make it through final cuts anyway. It is unclear what injury the 24-year-old is dealing with, but he will spend the entire 2017 season on the Bengals' IR if the two parties do not reach an injury settlement.
The Bengals for some reason thought Hill would try to play through the injury and put off surgery until the offseason -- an approach that wouldn't make much sense for an impending free agent with a very limited role. This presumably seals Hill's fate in Cincinnati, where the Bengals will happily move forward with Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, likely hoping that offensive line renovations can get the running game back on track next offseason. Hill hasn't done much of note besides scoring goal-line touchdowns since his rookie season, but he should at least have time to get healthy before 2018 training camp, at which point he'll likely be competing for a role with a new team. It's hard to imagine any franchise would sign him with a clear-cut lead role in mind. Hill will finish out the 2017 campaign on injure reserve.
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's production has looked identical in back-to-back outings. With only 42 points through nine games, he isn't usually much of a scoring threat, but Sunday's home date with the dismal Browns appears ideal.
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.
With Eifert's doctors indicating the tight end endured no complications during the procedure, he should be in line for a normal offseason as he enters free agency for the first time in his career. Despite the supposed clean bill of health, Eifert's history of back problems -- last week's surgery was his third since entering the NFL -- will likely limit his earning potential even though he's been one of the league's more productive tight ends when he's taken the field. In 39 career games, Eifert has compiled 20 touchdowns while averaging 12.1 yards per reception.
Core has appeared in six games this year, but hasn't hauled in a reception and has only been targeted four times. However, receivers Brandon LaFell (hamstring) and Tyler Boyd (knee) both didn't practice Wednesday, so Core could see more offensive snaps if either or both can't play Sunday against the Jaguars. Either way, it likely won't be enough to make Core a reliable fantasy asset.
Building from no practice to all drills by week's end, LaFell's availability wasn't really in up in the air, despite his listing as questionable for the contest. He'll thus take aim at a Broncos defense that has allowed three touchdowns and 13.3 YPC to wideouts during their current five-game losing streak.
The rookie fourth-round pick still has a long way to go before he can become fantasy-relevant, as at best he'll be fourth or fifth on the wide receiver depth chart to begin the season.
Though he averaged just 6.2 yards per attempt, Dalton connected on touchdown passes with three different receivers and went without an interception for the fourth straight game. His team deferred to the run after building a lead, suppressing his number of attempts and accompanying yardage. Nonetheless, Dalton's 9:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the last five games makes him a viable option in Week 12 against the Browns.
The illness resulted in Johnson being limited at Wednesday's practice, but now that he's put in a full session this week, it doesn't appear the defensive end is any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Broncos. The veteran has tallied 21 tackles and three sacks in eight games this season.
Smith made up for a sluggish start to the year, as he recorded just one tackle in the team's season opener. The 25-year-old saw 34 snaps (52 percent) in Week 2, which is right around where you would expect the rotational defensive end to wind up. He will line up against a Packers' offensive line in Week 3 that has both starting tackles dealing with injuries, so he could be potentially in line for an advantageous situation.
Williams will occasionally get nearer to double digit tackles, but Sunday's game against the Broncos was a fairly typical performance. Next week the Bengals face the Browns, another appealing matchup for the defensive unit.
While he didn't play in the Bengals' season opener against the Ravens, Uzomah participated fully at practice on Monday and Tuesday, so this is a mild surprise. Tyler Kroft was likely to see the majority of the work as the second tight end regardless, but Uzomah will have plenty of extra rest to hopefully be ready for Week 3.
The meager seven touches represented Bernard's highest total since Week 2, and the 48 yards were Bernard's third highest total of the year. The season-ending injury to Jeremy Hill might free up a few more opportunities, but Cincinnati still seems content to ride rookie Joe Mixon more often than not. Bernard's niche remains as a change-of-pace back and pass catcher out of the backfield. Neither role likely warrants much fantasy attention in the Bengals' offense until further notice.
McCarron was the subject of offseason trade talks, with one report suggesting that the Bengals wanted a first-round pick in return. According to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Browns were willing to give up second- and third-round picks for the quarterback, but didn't notify the league of the agreement prior to the deadline. McCarron is thus in line to remain Andy Dalton's backup for the rest of the season and await a shot at a starting job in 2018. The Bengals may have missed their chance to pull off a trade, as McCarron is in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. However, he spent most of his rookie season on the non-football injury list, which could allow the Bengals to retain him as a restricted free agent, depending on an arbitrator's ruling. Either way, McCarron likely will end up in a different uniform next season.
Hill spent one game with the Falcons active roster earlier this season before being demoted to the practice squad. He'll now head to Cincinnati after Jeremy Hill (ankle) was placed on injured reserve this past weekend. Hill, Brian that is, should play a reserve role on the Bengals offense behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, at least until he gets a better understanding of his new team's playbook.
Erickson put his team ahead with a 29-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter. Despite his modest usage in this one, he finished second on the team in receiving yardage as Andy Dalton posted just 6.2 yards per attempt. Eickson has only made sporadic contributions this season, but there's an opportunity to be had on an offense in search of a complement to A.J. Green among its receiving corps. He'll look to build on this effort next week against the Browns.
Iloka exited in the second half of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and was unable to return, but it looks as though the ailment won't be a lingering one. Expect Iloka to be a full go as the Bengals' starting free safety Sunday against the Browns.
Jones continues to work through concussion protocol and wasn't able to practice this week. The veteran corner has been playing limited snaps lately anyway and has posted just 20 tackles (17 solo) and three pass breakups through seven games on the season. Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson (toe) will take on larger roles in Jones' stead.
With the Bengals posting plenty of depth at the running back position between the likes of Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon, Williams was unable to find his way onto the final roster but will remain within the organization as a depth option.
With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.
Sunday's performance doubled Dunlap's sack total for the season. The 28-year-old played 60 of 81 defensive snaps and will hope to replicate the those results against the Browns next week.
Head coach Marvin Lewis critiqued Ross' effort level during the week, noting the rookie wide receiver pulled up on a route down the right sideline last Sunday against the Titans. Consequently, it's no surprise Ross is a healthy scratch, as he's firmly in Lewis' doghouse at the moment. Expect Josh Malone, Tyler Boyd and Alex Erickson to see any targets not directed at A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell.
He managed two tackles before exiting the contest. Carl Lawson will continue to fill in for the former Blue Devil.
Vigil leads the Bengals comfortably with 64 tackles (36 solo) this season, and he has added one sack, four pass breakups and an interception. The second-year pro has posted eight or more tackles in four of the last five contests, proving his long-term IDP value.
The severity of the injury is unknown, but if Kroft is unable to return, he'll finish the day with two catches (on three targets) for 12 yards and one touchdown. The next men up at tight end for the Bengals are C.J. Uzomah and Ryan Hewitt.