|Offense||32nd||85.4 (30th)||195.1 (26th)|
|Defense||18th||127.9 (29th)||211.2 (10th)|
|52||Bell, Brandon||LB||6-1||230||1/9/1995||R||Penn State|
|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|
|6||Driskel, Jeff||QB||6-4||238||4/23/1993||2||Louisiana Tech|
|43||Iloka, George||FS||6-4||225||3/31/1990||6||Boise State|
|90||Johnson, Michael||DE||6-7||280||2/7/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|29||McRae, Tony||CB||5-10||185||5/3/1993||1||North Carolina A&T|
|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|
|63||Westerman, Christian||G||6-3||305||2/23/1993||2||Arizona State|
|39||Williams, Jarveon||RB||5-9||205||1/3/1995||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|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|
|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|
|60||Johnson, T.J. (IR)||G||6-4||295||7/17/1990||4||South Carolina|
|24||Jones, Adam (IR)||CB||5-10||185||9/30/1983||11||West Virginia|
|51||Minter, Kevin (IR)||MLB||6-0||246||12/3/1990||5||LSU|
|30||Peerman, Cedric (IR)||RB||5-10||212||10/10/1986||8||Virginia|
|15||Ross, John (IR)||WR||5-11||190||11/27/1994||R||Washington|
|86||Schreck, Mason (IR)||TE||6-5||252||11/4/1993||R||Buffalo|
|71||Smith, Andre (IR)||T||6-4||330||1/25/1987||9||Alabama|
|59||Vigil, Nick (IR)||OLB||6-2||240||8/20/1993||2||Utah State|
|Bradford, Carl||LB||6-1||248||8/15/1992||3||Arizona State|
|Leamon, Javarius||T||6-7||332||4/16/1993||R||South Carolina State|
|Omoile, Oni||G||6-2||310||6/24/1993||1||Iowa State|
|13||Whitfield, Kermit||WR||5-8||184||10/8/1993||R||Florida State|
With Jeremy Hill (ankle), Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon all lined up to play with the Bengals, Peerman wasn't slated for many offensive snaps anyway. He would have been able to vie for return opportunities if it wasn't for the emergence of Alex Erickson in 2016, so even if Peerman does get healthy enough to be activated, don't expect the Bengals to choose that route.
Russell is one of the Bengals' newest additions, but it appears as though he'll be active for Sunday's game against the Browns. He'll likely serve as a depth option in the secondary unless he's made a healthy inactive.
Hewitt started the week as a limited participant and did not carry an injury designation into last Sunday's win over the Lions. The 26-year-old appears on track to play Week 17, barring a setback at Friday's practice.
The Bengals limited Shaw's workload in their walkthrough Monday, one day after he suffered the ankle injury in the team's season-opening loss to the Ravens. It doesn't look to be a serious concern for the reserve cornerback, as his participation in Tuesday's session implies that he'll be able to suit up Thursday against the Texans. Before departing with the injury Sunday, Shaw played 22 snaps on defense, logging one stop.
Driskel was placed on injured reserve at the beginning of the regular season after injuring his thumb in the Bengals' preseason finale. If the Bengals decide to move the rookie quarterback to the active roster for the final weeks of the season, he will likely assume the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron.
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.
Ogbuehi will miss his second straight game since leaving the Week 14 meeting with the Vikings early. Expect Justin Murray to continue filling in at right tackle.
Smith, who's nursing a sprained knee, was injured on the last play of Sunday's loss to the Vikings, according to Lauren Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News. He'll now finish out the remainder of his one-year contract on IR. It's unclear what sort of market will await the soon-to-be 31-year-old.
This season has been difficult for Minter, whether it's the elbow injury that kept him out four weeks in the middle of the campaign, or this sudden hamstring injury that will sideline him for the remaining three contests. The fifth-year pro had 32 tackles (16 solo) through nine games. Vincent Rey will likely fill in at middle linebacker for a battered Bengals linebacker corps.
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.
Orndoff finished the 2017 campaign as a member of the Cincinnati practice squad and will likely get a shot to compete for a roster spot in training camp this summer. The Pittsburgh product is still awaiting his NFL debut after going undrafted last April.
Though he was quiet in Week 17 against the Ravens, this was another strong season for Atkins. He has 29 sacks over the last three seasons, which is pretty strong for a defensive tackle.
Green's knee issue is something that is expected to be resolved by rest, with the report indicating that the wideout's availability for the Bengals' spring workouts shouldn't be impacted. Green logged 75 catches (on 145 targets) for 1,078 yards and eight TDs this past season, decent but not spectacular numbers for the 2011 first-rounder, who turns 30 at the end of July. Looking ahead, Green remains entrenched as his team's top pass-catching weapon, but a 7-9 record this past season presumably foreshadows a fair degree of offseason personnel changes for Cincinnati. Specifically, look for a re-tooling of the team's offensive line and a changing of the guard at tight end could be on tap, with Tyler Eifert set to become an unrestricted free agent. Moreover, John Ross, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft played just 17 snaps as a rookie, and if the young wideout can stay healthy enough to capitalize on his blinding speed, Green could be flanked a legitimate big-play threat in 2018.
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.
Sims skipped two days of practice this week to tend to the ankle injury, but team trainers deemed his ready to go for Week 2. He'll serve in a depth capacity behind starting defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Domata Peko.
Hopkins will fill back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup.
The Bengals needed to add some depth to their linebacking corps with Kevin Minter (elbow) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Nickerson has played in seven games with the Bengals so far this season, but is used far more often on special teams than he is on defense.
Kirkpatrick has cleared the league's concussion protocol after missing the Bengals' past two games due to his head injury. He'll return to the starting lineup at cornerback across from William Jackson III in Week 16.
Mixon was rolling in the first half with 14 carries for 77 yards, but he also lost a second quarter fumble. The Bengals offense stalled for much of the second half until their game-winning drive in the game's final minute, which the rookie watched from the sideline. The 96 rushing yards are Mixon's second-highest total of the season, and allow him to finish on a high note after dealing with a concussion and ankle injury in December.
Johnson popped up on Friday's injury report with a pectoral injury, which now appears to be a relatively serious issue. His absence for the remainder of the season means Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman could see some extra work providing depth on the interior of the offensive line should any starters obtain injuries. Expect an update on Johnson's status if the team provides more clarity on his injury.
Lawson was used almost exclusively as an outside rusher, and did it from a linebacker slot because the Bengals used a 3-4 formation. In most of your IDP leagues, you need a baseline of tackles from your linebackers to have a weekly floor. The exception would be in leagues where you use multiple players at each defensive position.
Evans sustained the concussion in Sunday's win over the Lions and was a limited participant Wednesday. Full practice participation is obviously a good sign, but the 27-year-old is not yet officially clear of the concussion protocol and should be considered day-to-day until he fully clears it.
Dennard finished the season with 85 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, with that one touchdown from Week 17. The Bengals relied on the 2014 first-round pick out of Michigan State a lot more than they had in his previous three seasons, as he played more snaps on defense (901) than in his previous three years combined.
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.
Burfict was listed as doubtful after not participating at practice this week so it's unsurprising to see him downgraded as the Bengals try to play spoiler in Week 17. Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson should both see increased snaps at weak-side linebacker as Burfict's injury-marred 2017 season -- one that also included a suspension -- officially comes to an end.
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.
Boyd broke free on fourth down in the final minute for a 49-yard touchdown from Andy Dalton to give the Bengals the lead, and ultimately ending their division rival's playoff hopes. The second-year receiver had set a season high in yardage even before catching the game-winner, and finished the season with his two best performances in what was a largely sub-par sophomore campaign.
Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko an unrestricted free agent.
Jackson has seen an increased workload since Adam Jones (groin) was placed on injured reserve. In his last four games, he's accrued 12 tackles (nine solo) and six pass breakups. If Jackson is unable to play Sunday, expect Tony McRae to see an increased workload in his place.
Fisher 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.
Bradford was competing for an opportunity to provide depth at middle linebacker, but ultimately lost the competition. If the 25-year-old does not land on the team's practice squad he will be left to look for another opportunity elsewhere.
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.
Brown, who finished the season as a member of the Bengals' practice squad, could get the opportunity to compete with Randy Bullock for the team's kicking gig during training camp. The 25-year-old Brown has yet to make his NFL debut.
Schreck hurt his knee in the third preseason game, though the severity of his injury remains unspecified. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Though best known these days for his role as the president of the NFL Players Association, the 34-year-old Winston is still a battle-tested veteran tackle who should bolster the team's depth along the offensive line following Jake Fisher's (illness) placement on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. With 33 games of experience in the Bengals' system over the last three seasons, it shouldn't take Winston long to get up to speed in advance of Cincinnati's Week 10 matchup with Tennessee.
Bullock finished the season 18-of-20 on field goal attempts and 31-of-33 extra point attempts, while missing one game due to injury. Meanwhile on kickoffs, 46.2% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. The Bengals let rookie Jake Elliott go, and Elliott ultimately had a good season for the Eagles, but their overall stats were comparable.
Burfict also praised teammates Carl Lawson and Chris Smith in the context of that quote. Willis, a third-round pick from Kansas State, had the quickest 40-yard dash among DL at the combine in 4.53 seconds. The Bengals emphasized getting more speed on the defensive line, with positive results so far.
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 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.
Despite the Bengals spending a first-round draft pick on a wide receiver (John Ross) this year and a second-round pick on Tyler Boyd last year, LaFell remained the Bengals' #2 option in the passing game, albeit with diminishing returns. His yards per reception dropped a full three yards, from 13.5 to 10.5, and his touchdowns were cut in half. If he sticks around next year, look for his reps to be cut in favor of Boyd and Ross.
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.
Dalton had difficulty connecting with A.J. Green (two catches on 10 targets) and struggled throughout most of the second half, but came up clutch in the final minutes. A 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd gave the Bengals the lead with only 53 seconds remaining, and ultimately knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs. Cincinnati certainly didn't have the 2017 season they would have envisioned, but were able to play season spoiler for division-rival Baltimore, and Dalton finished with one of his better performances of the year.
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.
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.
This move comes in the wake of Kevin Minter (hamstring) being placed on injured reserve, while starter Nick Vigil (ankle) and Vontaze Burfict (concussion) will also be out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. The need for depth was evident, but Bell will be one of five healthy linebackers in Cincinnati, which may afford him some defensive snaps. Still, the undrafted rookie has no NFL experience, so Sunday will serve as a good litmus test of his abilities.
Williams delivered a handful of big hits before exiting in the second half, but it's unclear when the injury was actually sustained. Josh Shaw has stepped in at safety with Clayton Fejedelem ruled out with a wrist injury.
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.
With Joe Mixon back in action, Bernard had to relinquish a lot of snaps early on in the game, but took over on passing downs, especially late in the game. This game was a potentially good preview of how he and Mixon will operate together next season. After being a forgotten asset early on, Bernard rallied to have a productive final five weeks of the season. He ended with 458 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He also once again was productive in the passing game with 43 receptions for 389 yards and two more touchdowns.
A fifth-round pick out of Alabama in 2014, McCarron never accrued an official rookie season after beginning his career on the reserve/Non-Football Injury list before joining the 53-man roster for only three regular-season and one postseason contest that year. Since players must accrue four NFL seasons before reaching unrestricted free agency, McCarron is eager to have his status changed this offseason due to the higher leverage he would have in negotiations for a new contract. If the Bengals lose their rights to McCarron, he would likely pursue his options elsewhere in pursuit of a more legitimate starting opportunity.
Murray was signed off the Saints' practice squad to fill the roster spot of fellow tackle Andre Smith (knee), who was placed on injured reserve Monday. The second-year player brings no prior NFL experience to the table and will be a depth option along the offensive line.
The fifth-round rookie out of Wyoming finishes the season with 11 carries for 37 yards, along with two catches for 36 yards. He'll most likely remain the Bengals' third-string running back next season behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard, with Jeremy Hill likely departing via free agency.
For the season, Erickson had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. He also had 663 kick return yards and 278 punt return yards. He'll likely resume as the Bengals' top return man in 2018.
Iloka hit Brown with a helmet-to-helmet collision as the superstar wideout caught the game-tying touchdown pass in Monday night's contest. With fellow safety Shawn Williams still dealing with a hamstring injury, the Bengals could be fairly light on depth in the secondary for Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Iloka, however, does plan to appeal his suspension.
Jones suffered the injury while recording his first interception of the season in last week's loss to the Steelers. The 34-year-old will finish his 11th season with 23 tackles (19 solo), four passes defended and one pick. Williams Jackson III will presumably replace him at cornerback.
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.
With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.
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.
Ross previously underwent surgery on his right shoulder shortly after running a 4.22 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine, but the procedure didn't impact his draft stock with the Bengals nabbing him with the No. 9 overall pick in April. He resumed practicing in the second week of training camp, but then suffered a knee injury in the Bengals' preseason finale and subsequently missed five of the first six weeks of the regular season. Ross ultimately played just 17 snaps on offense in three appearances this season, with head coach Marvin Lewis keeping him out of the lineup for four of the team's last five contests. Lewis indicated Ross would reenter the game plan Sunday against Chicago, but the Bengals instead placed the speedy rookie on injured reserve after Wednesday's workout. It sounds like the upcoming procedure is considered minor, which bodes well for Ross' chances to make a full recovery before OTAs begin next spring. His medical history remains a massive concern, as he entered the league with an ACL tear, two meniscus tears and microfacture surgery on his record before undergoing his first shoulder surgery.
Rey's tackle count nearly perfectly correlated with absences from Vontaze Burfict. Burfict missed the first three games due to suspension, and Rey had 28 tackles. Burfict missed three of the last four games with injuries, and Rey had 27 more tackles. In between, Rey had only 30 tackles, though he missed two games of his own in that span. Rey's upside is capped, as he's not a pass-rusher or pass-defender. If he's not racking up big tackle numbers, he's not particularly helpful as an IDP.
Vigil had not practiced since suffering the ankle injury against the Browns in Week 12, and it was only a matter of time until he landed on IR. Linebacker Brandon Bell was added to the Bengals' roster last week to help bolster the team's linebacker depth, but he's unlikely to play a noteworthy defensive role.
Kroft exploded in the first half with five catches for 50 yards and both touchdowns, but fell silent in the second half with the rest of the Bengals offense. It's the first time since Week 9 the 25-year-old had more than 30 receiving yards and was his first touchdown since Week 12. The return of Tyler Eifert (back) in 2018 should limit Kroft's fantasy potential as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract.