Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th110.6 (13th)246.4 (15th)
Defense17th113.2 (21st)237.5 (11th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
49Albright, Bryson LB6-52253/15/19941Miami (Ohio)
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
52Bell, Brandon LB6-12291/9/1995RPenn State
23Benwikere, Bene' CB6-01959/3/19914San Jose State
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19915North Carolina
75Billings, Andrew NT6-13253/6/19952Baylor
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19924North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19897Georgia
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/19942Pittsburgh
76Brown, Ryan DE6-62766/10/19941Mississippi State
7Brown, Jon K5-1019712/7/19921Louisville
88Brown, Chris WR6-119112/8/19932Notre Dame
23Brown, Chykie (FA) DB5-1119112/26/19866Texas
4Bullock, Randy K5-920612/16/19896Texas A&M
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12559/24/19906Arizona State
33Carson, Tra RB5-1123110/24/19921Texas A&M
82Carter, Cethan TE6-32419/5/1993RNebraska
93Clarke, Will DE6-62805/4/19914West Virginia
16Core, Cody WR6-32104/17/19942Ole Miss
37Cox, Demetrious DB6-11984/20/1994RMichigan State
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19877TCU
47Dawson, P.J. LB6-02401/13/19932TCU
79Dean, David DT6-13022/16/19931Virginia
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1119810/10/19914Michigan State
64Dielman, J.J C6-530912/16/1993RUtah
6Driskel, Jeff QB6-42314/23/19932Louisiana Tech
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19898Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62559/8/19905Notre Dame
3Elliott, Jake K5-91671/21/1995RMemphis
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/19922Wisconsin
50Evans, Jordan LB6-22331/27/1995ROklahoma
42Fejedelem, Clayton SAF6-02056/2/19932Illinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63054/23/19933Oregon
53Flowers, Marquis OLB6-32452/16/19924Arizona
95Gilberry, Wallace DE6-227012/5/198410Alabama
67Glasgow, Ryan DT6-33029/30/1993RMichigan
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19887Georgia
9Hamilton, Karel WR6-11993/30/1995RSamford
91Hardison, Marcus DT6-33102/14/19923Arizona State
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19849Rutgers
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42551/24/19914Stanford
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123510/20/19924LSU
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
10Huber, Kevin P6-12117/16/19859Cincinnati
43Iloka, George FS6-42253/31/19906Boise State
22Jackson, William CB6-018710/27/19922Houston
60Johnson, T.J. C6-43007/17/19904South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72722/7/19879Georgia Tech
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-218510/26/19896Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-625010/15/19923Rutgers
84Kumerow, Jake WR6-42062/17/19921Wis.-Whitewater
11LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19868LSU
44Laufasa, Darrin FB6-12355/6/1995RTexas-El Paso
58Lawson, Carl LB6-22616/29/1995RAuburn
77Lechler, Landon T6-73178/11/1993RNorth Dakota State
 Lee, Cameron G6-531212/28/1993RIllinois State
19Madaris, Monty WR6-11969/8/1993RMichigan State
80Malone, Josh WR6-32083/21/1996RTennessee
58Maualuga, Rey (FA) MLB6-22581/20/19879Southern California
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32209/13/19903Alabama
29McRae, Tony CB5-101855/3/19931North Carolina
51Minter, Kevin LB6-024612/3/19905LSU
28Mixon, Joe RB6-12287/24/1996ROklahoma
56Nickerson, Hardy LB6-02321/5/1994RIllinois
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19923Texas A&M
30Peerman, Cedric RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
78Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
62Redmond, Alex G6-53101/18/19951UCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02509/6/19877Duke
15Ross, John WR5-1118811/27/1994RWashington
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119610/19/19932Notre Dame
17Russell, Alonzo WR6-42069/29/19921Toledo
86Schreck, Mason TE6-525811/4/1993RBuffalo
26Shaw, Josh CB6-12003/27/19923Southern California
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
71Smith, Andre T6-43251/25/19879Alabama
31Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19923Fresno State
94Smith, Chris DE6-12662/11/19924Arkansas
72Stanton, Dustin G6-42982/20/1994ROregon State
98Thompson, Brandon DT6-231010/19/19896Clemson
68Tupou, Josh DT6-33505/2/1994RColorado
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19933Auburn
59Vigil, Nick ILB6-22398/20/19932Utah State
63Westerman, Christian G6-33002/23/19932Arizona State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19915Georgia
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92021/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129512/29/19922Clemson
34Williams, Stanley RB5-8196//RKentucky
99Willis, Jordan DE6-42555/2/1995RKansas State
40Wilson, Brandon DB5-112007/27/1994RHouston
73Winston, Eric T6-731011/17/198311Miami (Fla.)
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cincinnati6-4310.26-3295.224.92133
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Bengals, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

After missing the first 10 games of the 2016 season due to a fractured forearm, Peerman logged six carries for 15 yards in six games. Where he did make his mark, however, was on special teams. It's a role he'll reprise in 2017, while also continuing to serve as a depth option in the Bengals' backfield.

KeiVarae Russell
News
Russell was released by the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Russell was inactive in Week 1 and no better than fifth on the depth chart at the cornerback position, but his release comes as a surprise given that he was a third-round pick just a few months ago. Russell apparently needs more development time than originally anticipated, but still possesses third-round talent, so there is a good chance he is claimed off waivers by a team looking for either depth or a project at his position.

Ryan Hewitt
News
Hewitt was not targeted in Sunday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

Although his Sunday appearance on the stat sheet was due solely to a clipping penalty, Hewitt may take on some extra snaps early in the season, as tight ends Tyler Eifert (ankle) and Tyler Kroft (knee) are both highly questionable for Week 1. The Bengals mostly use Hewitt as an H-back, and C.J. Uzomah started at tight end in Sunday's preseason game against Jacksonville.

P.J. Dawson
News
Dawson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday.

Dawson was likely signed as a result of Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Vincent Rey (hamstring) being questionable for Saturday's game against Houston, which could've left Cincinnati with as few as four active linebackers for the game. Dawson will likely just provide depth and isn't expected to get much playing time.

Josh Shaw
News
Shaw, who had played only four snaps from the line of scrimmage prior to Sunday night, was required to play 17 snaps against the Cardinals after Darqueze Dennard was forced from the game, Bengals.com reports.

The Bengals are down two corners, with Dennard out for the season, and Adam Jones battling a foot injury. Shaw played the slot Sunday night, with Leon Hall moving back to the outside.

Jeff Driskel
News
Driskel was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Prior to adding Driskel, Cincinnati only had two quarterbacks on its roster. Driskel is unlikely to play this season.

J.J Dielman
No Updates
Josh Tupou
No Updates
Cedric Ogbuehi
News
Ogbuehi (shoulder) has recovered from his season-ending injury, Jim Owsczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

Ogbuehi missed the Bengals' 2017 regular-season finale with an injured labrum, but didn't require surgery. After turning to a rest and rehab regimen for the last several months, it looks like Ogbuehi will be good to go heading into training camp. The 2015 first-rounder is expected to move to left tackle this season after Andrew Whitworth departed for the Rams in March.

Andre Smith
Injury
Triceps - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
No Updates
Rey Maualuga
News
Maualuga was released by the Bengals on Saturday.

Maualuga has been with the Bengals since they drafted him in 2009. He spent his first seven seasons as a starter before starting just six of 14 games in 2017. In hindsight, his reduced role last year seems to have foreshadowed is eventual exit. Vincent Rey figures to have a hold on the starting middle linebacker role heading into training camp, while the team will have to address depth at the position going forward.

Kevin Minter
News
Minter's one-year contract with the Bengals is for $4 million, including $2.1 million guaranteed, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

The Bengals clearly expect Minter to handle a significant role, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he started all 16 games for the Cardinals. He played inside linebacker in Arizona's 3-4 defense, but it's possible he'll move to the strong side in Cincinnati's 4-3 -- allowing Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey to retain their spots on the weak side and in the middle.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins notched a pair of sacks and five tackles in Sunday's victory over the Browns.

After failing to record a sack in three games, Atkins got to Robert Griffin twice to give him 6.5 sacks on the season. As an interior lineman, his unsteady production makes him an upside-only lineup option in IDP leagues.

A.J. Green
News
Green is eyeing Julio Jones' 2016 campaign as a framework for what he expects for himself this season, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "That's the goal. Win the Super Bowl," Green said. "Look at the year Julio had. He was coming off an1,800-yard season and he had what last year? (1,409). That's because they put all the weapons around him. He still made the same plays he made when he had the 1,800 yards, but when they double-teamed him they had (Sanu) and (Tyler) Gabriel."

Jones tied for 11th in the league with 9.0 targets per game, but it was a significant drop off from his league-leading 12.7 the previous year. With better weapons around him, he overcame the lighter workload and still topped 100 yards per game by producing a career-best 10.9 yards per target. Meanwhile, Green averaged 11 targets per game prior to the Week 11 contest in which he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury, and while he impressively had 9.6 yards per target, it seems he's expecting a lighter workload and even better efficiency in 2017. It makes sense given the additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon to an offense that already had Tyler Eifert, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd, though it's possible Andy Dalton is forced to rely on more short passes due to the offseason departures of O-line stalwarts Andrew Whitworth (Rams) and Kevin Zeitler (Browns). All that being said, Green's health is more important than anything else, as he's still one of the league's premier talents and always will be first in line for targets in Cincinnati. On that front, he rebounded from his torn hamstring to enjoy a healthy offseason program, saying afterward that he feels the best he has in years.

Karel Hamilton
No Updates
Clint Boling
News
Boling (shoulder) feels he'll be ready for the start of training camp, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports. "Everything's been going well. It's coming along well," Boling said. "I've been able to work out and do pretty much everything in the weight room. Just kind of keep taking the time and I should be back here pretty soon."

Boling underwent shoulder surgery this offseason after finishing the 2016 campaign on injured reserve. He's expected to return to his usual role as a first-string guard when healthy.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Cameron Lee
News
Lee signed a contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Lee (6-foot-6, 320 pounds) is a rookie out of Illinois State who briefly spent time with the Saints earlier in the offseason. He'll look to compete for a depth role along the offensive line.

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.

Trey Hopkins
No Updates
Hardy Nickerson
No Updates
Wallace Gilberry
News
Gilbert has re-upped with the Bengals, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Gilberry signed with the Lions last offseason after spending the previous five years in Cincinnati. Detroit placed him on injured reserve in October and released him shortly thereafter, allowing him to rejoin the Bengals for the second half of the year. The 32-year-old may have to compete for a roster spot at this point in his career, as he only has six sacks over the past three seasons.

Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick is healthy after fracturing his hand in May, Jeff Wallner of United Press International reports.

Kirkpatrick's fracture was never considered very serious. He was already back on the field in a limited capacity for June's minicamp and shouldn't have any restrictions when training camp opens July 27.

Joe Mixon
News
Mixon could get a heavy dose of playing time from the outset, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.

Widely regarded as a top-20 talent, Mixon fell to the second round of the 2017 draft (No. 48 overall) due in large part to a 2014 incident in which he punched a female Oklahoma student. His landing spot comes as no surprise, with the Bengals in need of a running back and already possessing a long history of taking chances on players who bring negative PR backlash. Mixon shouldn't have much trouble earning some kind of role by Week 1, as Giovani Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL and Jeremy Hill fell shy of 4.0 yards per carry in both 2015 and 2016. Mixon seemingly combines Bernard's quickness and pass-catching skills with Hill's size and power, giving the Bengals a potential three-down threat in the backfield.

T.J. Johnson
No Updates
Carl Lawson
News
The Bengals selected Lawson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 116th overall.

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.

Jordan Evans
News
The Bengals selected Evans in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 193rd overall.

For an inside linebacker, Evans is relatively svelte at just 216 pounds, but he still managed to lead the Sooners in tackles with 98 in 2016. He does have strong coverage skills and athleticism to play on passing downs, but he profiles as a depth player for now.

Darqueze Dennard
News
The Bengals picked up Dennard's fifth-year option Friday, Albert Breer of The MMQB.com reports.

This move comes as a slight surprise given Dennard's injury history and underwhelming on-field performance since entering the league as a first-round pick back in 2014. However, starting cornerback Adam Jones is 33 years old and the Bengals still have no idea what they have in William Jackson III, their 2016 first-rounder who missed his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle, so gambling on Denard's potential improvement could have been more out of necessity than anything else.

Clayton Fejedelem
No Updates
Bryson Albright
News
Albright signed a reserve/futures contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Albright will therefore join the Bengals following the conclusion of the current season. He was a reserve player for the Bills before being cut in December of 2016, but the fact that Albright was signed via a futures contract gives hope that he could find a spot on Cincinnati's roster come September.

Alonzo Russell
No Updates
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Brandon Wilson
News
Wilson is dealing with a knee injury and has yet to participate fully in a practice since the start of rookie minicamp, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

When and how the injury occurred is unknown at this time. Wilson has been able to dress for practice, so a return to a heavier workload figures to be around the corner. The sixth-round pick will enter training camp competing for a spot on the final roster.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Kent Perkins
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict (concussion) has enjoyed his first healthy offseason since 2014, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

Burfict spent the 2015 offseason recovering from knee surgery and the 2016 offseason recovering from a foot injury. Despite missing the 2016 regular-season finale with a concussion, the veteran linebacker has been free of lingering symptoms for a while and has been able to focus on improving his overall strength and conditioning this spring, rather than some sort of rehab regimen. Thus, he's been more involved in offseason workouts than he has in the past and reportedly showed up to OTAs in great shape. Hopefully, this additional offseason preparation might help Burfict return to the elite IDP ranks in 2017. Upon entering 2014 at full strength, Burfict enjoyed the best campaign of his career, tallying 171 tackles, three sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.

Tony McRae
No Updates
Ryan Brown
No Updates
Tyler Boyd
News
The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes Boyd, A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Selected No. 55 overall last year, Boyd had a solid rookie season while mostly serving as Cincinnati's No. 3 wideout, catching 54 of 81 targets for 603 yards (7.4 yards per target) and one touchdown in 16 games. It appeared he might get a clear path to the No. 2 role entering his second NFL season, but the Bengals then re-signed LaFell and drafted Ross. Instead of jumping in as a clear starter, the 22-year-old likely will be part of a fierce competition for snaps and targets alongside Green. With the Bengals offense also featuring tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and a promising trio in the backfield, targets could be hard to come by for any wideout not named Green. Cincinnati hopes all the firepower will make up for the free-agent departures of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler -- arguably the team's two best linemen.

Brandon Thompson
News
Thompson remains on the Bengals 90-man roster ahead of the 2017 season.

Thompson -- who originally tore his ACL in Week 17 of the 2015 season -- signed a one-year deal with the Bengals last year, but since he spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/PUP list, his contract rolled over to 2017. However, the 2012 third-rounder is far from being guaranteed a roster spot and will need to prove his worth in training camp and the preseason.

Andrew Billings
News
Billings has fully recovered from last summer's training camp knee injury, Cincinnati.com reports.

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.

William Jackson
News
Jackson (pectoral) is fully healed and ready to compete for playing time in 2017, the Associated Press reports.

Jackson didn't log a single snap his rookie season due to the pectoral injury he suffered in the preseason. Now back to full health, he'll compete with Darqueze Dennard, Josh Shaw and Bene Benwikere for playing time behind starters Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick in 2017.

Alex Redmond
No Updates
Jake Fisher
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.

Tra Carson
News
Carson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

Carson has been on the Bengals' practice squad all season and was promoted to the active roster as a result of Cedric Ogbuehi moving to injured reserve. Carson will likely be the team's fourth option at running back and isn't likely to see the field except on special teams.

Jake Elliott
News
The Bengals selected Elliott in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 153rd overall.

Elliott being the first kicker off the board comes as a bit of a surprise with many ranking Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez or Auburn's Daniel Carlson ahead of him. Still, the Bengals are clearly sold on Elliott's ability to the point where they felt comfortable spending a mid-round selection on the former Memphis Tiger. He made all 202 of his extra-point attempts in college and hit 21 of 26 field goals last season. He's in line to compete with veteran Randy Bullock for the Bengals' starting kicking job, but given the team's investment in Elliott, we'll presume that the rookie probably has an edge here.

Derron Smith
News
Smith (thigh) was not listed on Wednesday's injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Texans, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Smith seems to be in line for his first game since Week 11 against the Bills. Before suffering the injury, Smith was utilized as added depth in the secondary for Cincinnati, and that won't likely change during the remaining two weeks of the regular season.

Jeremy Hill
News
Hill figures to remain involved in the offense despite the offseason addition of second-round pick Joe Mixon, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

While Marvin Lewis typically doesn't ask much of his rookies, running backs have been a clear exception with Hill and Giovani Bernard (knee) both topping 225 touches in their respective debut campaigns. Mixon's draft status and well-rounded skill set should help him earn an immediate role -- and possibly even the starting job -- but that doesn't mean Hill will completely disappear from the offense in his contract season. Bernard may not be ready by Week 1, and an absence could force Mixon to take on a major passing-down role, which would in turn help Hill stay involved on early downs and in short-yardage/goal-line spots. The Cincinnati backfield will bear close watching throughout training camp and into the early part of the regular season.

Jon Brown
No Updates
Darrin Laufasa
No Updates
Will Clarke
News
The Bengals have ruled the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 10 matchup against the Browns: running back Giovani Bernard (hip, clavicle), cornerback Leon Hall (concussion), linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Rey Maualuga (hamstring), offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle), wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and defensive end Will Clarke.

Hall and Burfict were ruled out on the team's final injury report, which also listed Bernard, Maualuga and Smith as doubtful to play. Jeremy Hill is expected to carry the load at running back with Bernard sidelined.

Landon Lechler
No Updates
Mason Schreck
No Updates
Eric Winston
No Updates
Randy Bullock
News
Bullock was signed by the Bengals on Tuesday.

Bullock had an interesting 2016 season, taking kicks for the Bengals, Giants and Steelers, but ultimately wound up in Cincinnati for the season's last three games. He missed his only field goal attempt beyond 30 yards for the Bengals and did little to solidify himself as the team's kicker going forward. Consequently, Bullock could face competition for the starting gig in training camp, perhaps from second-year kicker Jonathan Brown, who missed most of his rookie season with a foot injury.

Jordan Willis
News
The Bengals selected Willis in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 73rd overall.

This looks like a steal for Cincinnati. Willis (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) was very productive at Kansas State with 21 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss over the last two years, and he was incredible at the Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds while posting a 39-inch vertical, 125-inch broad jump and 6.85-second three-cone drill. There's no reason to not project Willis into the starting lineup by 2018.

Tyler Eifert
News
Eifert (back) should be ready to participate when the Bengals begin training camp Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

It will be interesting to see if Eifert is able to participate without restrictions, however, as he was limited in OTAs during the offseason following surgery in December. In a Cincinnati offense with plenty of weapons for quarterback Andy Dalton, Eifert should be one of the more heavily targeted pass catchers in the red zone, where he's been targeted 27 times over his last 21 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season.

Injury
Back - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Chris Brown
Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
No Updates
Jake Kumerow
News
Kumerow signed a contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

A second-year player hailing out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kumerow had an impressive summer with the Bengals but failed to make the final roster. However, the Bengals' placement of TE Tyler Eifert (back) and Clint Boling (knee) on IR opened up space on the active roster. Kumerow likely won't see much playing time in the season finale Sunday versus the Ravens.

Marquis Flowers
News
The Bengals announced middle linebacker Rey Maualuga won't return from the hamstring injury he suffered in the second quarter at Indianapolis. With Maualuga out, linebackers Marquis Flowers and Nico Johnson will see increased snaps.
Cody Core
News
Core was carted off the field Wednesday with an apparent left leg injury, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

According to Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer, Core did not suffer any ligament damage. The 23-year-old figures to be just out of the regular rotation of receivers on the depth chart heading into the year. He tallied 200 yards on 17 receptions for the team during his rookie campaign last season. Expect an update on his status when the team provides more clarity on the situation.

Injury
Leg - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell's roster spot with the Bengals seems to be in safe standing, ESPN's Katherine Terrell reports.

LaFell, who caught 64 passes for 862 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season, inked a two-year contract to remain with the Bengals in March. Since then, the Cincinnati elected to draft speedy wideout John Ross (shoulder) ninth overall, adding another highly valued target to go with Pro-Bowler A.J. Green and 2016 second-rounder Tyler Boyd. Despite that competition, the 30-year-old LaFell probably shouldn't be worried about his roster spot, as his relationship with Green, along with the fact the Bengals would eat $3 million by releasing him, makes him worth having around besides his on-field utility. Nonetheless, given Cincy's growing pass-catching options, which also includes rookie tailback Joe Mixon, it would be surprising if LaFell catch match his totals from a year ago.

Josh Malone
News
The Bengals selected Malone in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 128th overall.

Malone (6-foot-3, 208 pounds) may be a bit one-dimensional as a deep-route specialist, but he's still a good prospect and a great value this late. He's a former top recruit who earned rave reviews in Tennessee practices as a freshman, but generally struggled along with the rest of the team's passing game in his first two years. That changed in 2016, when Malone totaled 972 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 78 targets. With 4.4 speed, Malone rounds out a prospect profile that implies considerable upside. Unfortunately, he won't see a big role anytime soon with A.J. Green, John Ross and Tyler Boyd already in Cincinnati.

Andy Dalton
News
Dalton believes the Bengals improved in the offseason, the team's official website reports.

The Bengals offense certainly had an interesting offseason, losing stalwart linemen Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler in free agency, and then adding WR John Ross (No. 9 overall) and RB Joe Mixon (No. 48) in the draft. Ross gives Dalton another deep threat alongside A.J. Green, but the team may need to rely on its short passing game to combat potential issues in protection. While Dalton has struggled to deal with pressure throughout his career, he may have an easier time now that he has a full stockpile of weapons. Mixon's prowess as a pass catcher should lessen the impact of any absence or limitations for Giovani Bernard (knee), who's uncertain for Week 1 while rehabbing from a torn ACL. And while TE Tyler Eifert (back) was limited throughout the offseason and still carries significant injury risk, the team's depth at wide receiver should ensure Dalton has plenty of weapons even if his favorite red-zone target once again misses some games. Brandon LaFell and 2016 second-round selection Tyler Boyd will compete with Ross for the Nos. 2 and 3 receiver jobs.

Michael Johnson
News
Johnson (calf) has been ruled active for Monday's game against the Giants.

Although he was limited at practice throughout the week, the veteran defensive end will participate in Monday's contest. Barring any setbacks, Johnson should see his usual workload at defensive end.

Chris Smith
News
Smith was traded to the Bengals on Tuesday in exchange for a 2018 conditional draft pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Smith has accumulated 4.5 sacks in 19 games over the course of his three-year NFL career and has mostly served as a backup, playing only 311 snaps during that span. The good news is that he is only 25 years old and has yet to play a full season, meaning there is a chance his full potential has not yet been unlocked. Smith will likely slide into a reserve role on the Bengals' defensive line behind Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson.

Brandon Bell
No Updates
Chykie Brown
News
Brown (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Brown injured his ankle Sunday against Baltimore and went in for an MRI on Monday. Obviously, Brown didn't get the results he was hoping for. His season is over.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Dustin Stanton
No Updates
Shawn Williams
News
Williams (hamstring) is inactive Sunday against the Ravens.

Williams was ruled doubtful heading into the contest, leaving rookie Clayton Fejedelem likely to make his first NFL start this Sunday, as fellow safety Derron Smith (thigh) is also inactive.

C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah has been working hard in the offseason to sharpen all aspects of his game, Dan Hoard of the Bengals' official site reports. "I'm trying to work on my hands -- whether it's as a blocker or getting off the jam," Uzomah said. "I'm working on my hips a little bit too. ...I've also been working with Ben (Creamer) from Ignition APG with boxing and hand fighting and he does a great job with that. I did it a little last year but not as much as I will this upcoming year. I think that helps tremendously and translates to the field a lot."

Uzomah had to step up last season after starting tight end Tyler Eifert missed games due to injury. The 24-year-old ended the season with 25 receptions for 234 yards and one score. Uzomah is looking to pick up where he left off last season, but he may have to take a backseat to Eifert (back) and Tyler Kroft (knee) on the depth chart. However, if injuries prevail, the Bengals will have some assurance, knowing that Uzomah is waiting in the wings.

Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard (knee) may be cleared to join his teammates when the Bengals open training camp Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Eight months removed from tearing his ACL, Bernard appears to be progressing very well in his recovery. Whether he'll be cleared for full activity remains to be seen, and being cleared for work in camp is merely a step toward being cleared for an eventual return to game action. It's believed that the addition of Joe Mixon in April's draft will leave Bernard positioned to work mostly in third-down situations once he's ready to play again.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
AJ McCarron
News
The Bengals aren't willing to trade McCarron for anything less than a first-round pick, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said last month a trade is unlikely, as the Bengals seemingly value McCarron more than any other team does. The 26-year-old quarterback did a nice job filling in for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season, but he wasn't so impressive as to justify parting ways with a first-round pick. McCarron's value does get a boost from the possibility his 2014 campaign won't count as an accrued season, which would allow the team to keep him on his rookie contract through 2018. The 2014 fifth-round selection was on the Non-Football Injury list until Week 14 as a rookie while he recovered from a lingering shoulder issue he suffered before joining the team. McCarron doesn't expect to get a decision on the contract issue until next year, and he said he's at peace with his current situation in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. While he'd probably prefer to be traded to a team which would give him a shot at the starting job, he still reported for the start of the Bengals' offseason program.

Alex Erickson
News
Erickson will have to compete for a roster spot, despite leading the AFC in kickoff return average (27.9 yards) as a rookie, Dan Hoard of Bengals.com reports.

Erickson caught on as an undrafted free agent due to his ability to contribute on special teams, and while his work on kickoffs was impressive, he averaged only 7.0 yards on 28 punt returns. He also caught just six passes, and the Bengals' first-round selection of John Ross (shoulder) provides competition for the return gig, in addition to all but ensuring Erickson won't be involved in the offense.

Marcus Hardison
News
Hardison (shoulder), who ended the season on injured reserve, is now healthy, Cincinnati.com reports.

Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.

George Iloka
News
Iloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Iloka's shoulder scope was reportedly an outpatient procedure, so there is little concern from the Bengals that he'll miss much time. The rangy safety had a strong season by IDP standards in the defensive backfield as he racked up 74 tackles and picked off three passes.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Jarveon Williams
No Updates
Bene' Benwikere
News
Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Benwikere started the 2016 season as the Panthers' top cornerback, but quickly fell down the ranks and was eventually released by the team following a 300-yard performance from Julio Jones. He then had a brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers to end the season. Only 25, the cornerback could play his way into a starting position with the Bengals, who are currently facing a lot of uncertainty in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is a pending free agent and Adam Jones' best days may be behind him. William Jackson III, the Bengals' 2016 first-round pick, spent the entire season on injured-reserve, leaving his status in question as well. Benwikere adds depth to the cornerback position, but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.

DeShawn Williams
News
Williams has been waived by the Bengals.

With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.

Kevin Huber
No Updates
Carlos Dunlap
News
Dunlap (neck) was a full participant at practice Thursday.

Dunlap injured his neck in Sunday's win over Cleveland but it wasn't thought to be serious. He was limited Wednesday but likely won't miss more time with the injury going forward.

John Ross
News
Ross (shoulder) is present for the Bengals' mandatory three-day minicamp, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.

The fleet wideout, who spent parts of the past month preparing for his recent graduation from the University of Washington, is not ready to catch passes at this stage, as he's still rehabbing from labrum surgery in his shoulder. Ross is, however, running routes in anticipation of being medically cleared for training camp, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Once he's back at full strength the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft will look to parlay his blazing speed into a key role as a deep threat in the Bengals' passing offense, while working behind top wideout A.J. Green.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Vincent Rey
News
Rey (hamstring) logged a full practice Friday and does not have an injury designation heading into Saturday's game against the Texans

Rey was able to practice on a limited basis earlier in the week, but his full practice Friday effectively gives him the green light for Saturday's tilt. His role in the Bengals' defense had started to diminish prior to his injury as he had not played more than 25 snaps in any of his last four games. Look for Rey Maualuga to see the bulk of the snaps at middle linebacker.

David Dean
No Updates
Cethan Carter
No Updates
Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
No Updates
Russell Bodine
No Updates
Demetrious Cox
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
News
Kroft (knee, ankle) finished the 2016 season with 10 catches for 92 yards on 12 targets in 14 games.

A 2015 third-round selection, Kroft entered his second NFL training camp as the favorite to fill in for an injured Tyler Eifert early in the season. Kroft then suffered a knee injury that cost him most of camp and the entire preseason, allowing C.J. Uzomah to emerge as the top pass-catching tight end in Eifert's absence. Despite starting 11 games and playing 39 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Kroft was never much of a factor in the Cincinnati passing game. He may have to compete with Uzomah for the No. 2 job in training camp.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Monty Madaris
No Updates
Stanley Williams
News
Williams signed a contract Wednesday with the Bengals, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Williams, who went undrafted out of Kentucky, joins a crowded Cincinnati backfield in his move to the pro ranks. Standing at just 5-foot-7, Williams is a small, elusive back that managed to run for 1,170 yards for the Wildcats lat season. He'll be behind at least Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and second-round pick Joe Mixon on the depth chart, but Williams could carve out a role as a special teamer and depth back in 2017.

 

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