|Offense||28th||79.5 (23rd)||178.5 (23rd)|
|Defense||5th||162.5 (31st)||104.5 (1st)|
|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|
|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|
|85||Eifert, Tyler||TE||6-6||255||9/8/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|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|
|31||Smith, Derron||FS||5-10||200||2/4/1992||3||Fresno State|
|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|
|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|
|84||Kumerow, Jake (IR)||WR||6-4||210||2/17/1992||1||Wis.-Whitewater|
|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|
|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|
|55||Burfict, Vontaze||OLB||6-1||255||9/24/1990||6||Arizona State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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 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.
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.
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 entered the week with an undisclosed injury but it seems like that's now in the rear-view mirror.
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.
At 29 years old, Atkins is proving he can still be the same caliber of pass rusher he's been throughout his career. Atkins has three of the four sacks the Bengals have amassed in their first two games, making him invaluable to the defense and a solid choice for fantasy lineups.
Green was unsurprisingly Andy Dalton's top target on the night, and is in the opener, he managed to produce a serviceable stat line despite the Bengals' general offensive ineptitude. The multi-time Pro Bowler seems to be the one member of the Cincinnati aerial attack hitting on all cylinders early, already having logged 10 receptions (on 18 targets) for 141 yards through the first two weeks. Andy Dalton is bound to break out of his early-season slump, and as his top wideout, Green will undoubtedly be a beneficiary when he does. He'll look to play a pivotal role in a Week 3 road showdown against the Packers.
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 didn't practice all week after injuring his left knee in the Bengals' season-opening loss to the Ravens last Sunday.
Nickerson was designated probable to return after suffering the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Ravens, but he ultimately did not see another snap. The play on which he suffered the injury was the only snap he played during the game.
Kirkpatrick was expected to play even though he was spotted in a walking boot during Monday's walkthrough, and his participation in practice Tuesday essentially confirms that. Unless the defensive back suffers a setback over the next day or so, expect him to be a full go Thursday.
The rookie tellingly out-touched Jeremy Hill by three carries, the second time in as many 2017 contests in which he's done so. Mixon found running room easier to come by than in the opener against the Ravens, boosting his per carry average to 4.0 after managing just 1.1 yards per tote in Week 1. With veterans Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard combining for just 27 yards on 11 rushes, there's little reason to believe that Mixon won't continue to serve as the lead back, even if by just a modest degree, for the immediate future. He'll look to build on his Week 2 effort versus the Packers in a Week 3 road tilt.
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.
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.
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.
The 2017 seventh-round pick will have a few practices and one preseason game Thursday in Indianapolis to prove he can be a capable safety in the league. His most likely way onto the 53-man roster is taking the special teams route, though.
Though injuries and suspensions for running afoul of league rules have limited Burfict to 26 regular-season contests over the last three years, he's clearly been one of the NFL's top-producing linebackers when he's been on the field during his five professional seasons. For his career, he's averaged 138 tackles per 16 games while adding five interceptions and seven sacks to his ledger. Burfict will open the 2017 campaign on the sideline after he received a three-game suspension for his illegal hit on the Chiefs' Anthony Sherman during the preseason, putting him in line to make his season debut Week 4 against the Browns.
Boyd was originally thought to be ruled out because of a hamstring issue, but according to Lewis that was not the case. The second-year receiver's healthy scratch forced the Bengals to turn to rookie John Ross as well as return specialist Alex Erickson to complement Brandon Lafell and A.J. Green in the receiving game. The combination wasn't effective, however, as Ross fumbled his only touch and the offense failed to score a touchdown for a second straight game. More information should emerge regarding Boyd's status in the lead-up to Week 3.
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 has received a lot of reps in the preseason to help make up for missing his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral. His competition for the start is Darqueze Dennard, though both will log significant playing time.
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.
Immediately after Williams left with the elbow injury Saturday against the Chiefs, Smith got beat for a touchdown by tight end Demetrius Harris, while most of the first-team defense was in the game. Josh Shaw could also be in the mix to compete with Smith.
Hill averaged just 2.8 yards per rush while once again getting outpaced by rookie Joe Mixon. The 24-year-old has logged just 12 carries over the first two contests, although none of the Bengals' backs have posted double-digit totes in the first pair of games. However, Mixon has seen the most work thus far, and it appears that head coach Marvin Lewis is set to keep that same division of labor going for the foreseeable future. Hill will still see his fair share of opportunity, but fantasy owners certainly have to be concerned with the early returns. Hill will look to make more of an impact in Week 3 against the Packers.
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.
The 27-year-old converted kicks of 29, 30 and 39 yards, which was his first action of the regular season. Bullock hasn't missed a field goal under 40 yards since 2014, and he's converted around 71 percent of kicks over 40 yards in his career over the past three seasons. Thursday was a good start to his season, especially since the Bengals are his fifth team in three years.
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.
This makes Eifert extremely unlikely to play Sunday, unless he has dramatic improvement and fully practices in Friday's walk-through.
Kumerow is dealing with a sprained ankle that appears to be a long-term injury. He'll likely revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.
Core was sidelined for the Bengals' most recent preseason matchup against the Chiefs. However, he appears to have recovered from the ankle injury that was holding him back. He's looking for a bigger role with the team, so more practice time will be advantageous for him. Still, a depth receiver and a special teams role figures to be his most likely destination.
LaFell started off hot last season, with at least 50 yards receiving in four of his first five games. He ended the season on the opposite end of the spectrum with 50 yards or fewer in four of six games. He has continued that modest production throughout the preseason and on Sunday. Given Tyler Eifert's injury history, LaFell is probably Cincinnati's most reliable threat outside of A.J. Green. Given how the Bengals looked Sunday, that might not mean much, however, and things are unlikely to improve from a production standpoint once rookie first-round pick John Ross (knee) returns, possibly in Week 2.
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.
The Bengals are still looking for their first touchdown of the season after suffering discouraging losses to the Ravens in Week 1 and the Texans in Week 2, with both of those games taking place at home. Over those two games, Dalton threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while throwing for 394 total yards. If the slide continues, it will be hard for Lewis not to consider starting backup AJ McCarron, although the coach plans to roll into Green Bay next Sunday with Dalton at the helm of Cincinnati's offense.
Johnson didn't practice all week and remains under the NFL's concussion protocol. Both Chris Smith and Jordan Willis should see increased snaps in Johnson's absence in Week 2.
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 was listed as questionable despite participating fully in practice this week, so it's a relief to see him active. The Bengals' defensive backfield will be at full strength as they take on rookie Deshaun Watson and the Texans.
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.
After leading the Bengals' rushing corps in yards in Week 1, Bernard took a step back against Houston. Joe Mixon again led the team in touches with 10 followed by Bernard and Jeremy Hill with seven apiece. The Bengals fired their offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese, after Thursday's game and replaced him with Bill Lazor. The promotion of Lazor may make carries harder to come by in Cincinnati. In Lazor's last full season as an offensive coordinator, 2014 in Miami, the team ran the ball 40.1 percent of the time as compared to 43.3-percent league average that season. The Bengals ran the ball 43.9 percent of the time under Zampese since the beginning of 2016.
This mostly just serves as a reminder that McCarron is slated for another year backing up Andy Dalton, as the Bengals made it clear they'd want an early-round pick in exchange for the 26-year-old quarterback. It wouldn't make much sense for a team to pay that price without giving McCarron a full offseason in a new system to prepare for Week 1. At this stage, he'll likely have to wait until February/March for his next shot to be traded, with the Bengals perhaps a bit more willing once there's only one season left on his rookie deal. The contract actually is a point of contention, with McCarron hoping to become a free agent after this season because he spent most of 2014 on the Non-Football Injury list. He doesn't expect to have an answer until after the year.
Despite promising rookie John Ross (knee) being active for his first NFL contest, it was surprisingly Erickson who stepped up to serve as an effective complement to the trio of A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Brandon LaFell. The second-year wideout saw just eight targets in his rookie campaign, bringing in six of them for 71 yards. His degree of involvement moving forward remains to be seen, as both Tyler Boyd (hamstring) and Ross remain ahead of him on the depth chart and project to have much more consistent roles in the offense.
While it isn't clear if Iloka has officially gained clearance to participate in Week 1, his unrestricted practice Wednesday suggests he should soon -- if he hasn't been given the green light already. At this point, it would be a surprise if Iloka didn't play.
The severity of the injury is unknown, but Jones was unable to return to Thursday's contest as a result. Fortunately for Jones, he'll have several extra days to recover. However, if he is unable to play next Sunday, Darqueze Dennard will likely get the start again, as he did Week 1 when Jones was serving his one-game suspension.
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.
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.
Ross was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice due to an illness, but there wasn't any mention of the ailment in Thursday's injury report. Instead, it was a knee issue -- most likely related to the left knee sprain that delayed his NFL debut until Week 2 -- that confined Ross to the sideline a day later. The Bengals haven't provided any indication that Ross suffered a setback with the knee or was simply given a maintenance day to manage any lingering soreness, so his activity during the team's final practice of the week Friday bears watching. In the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans, Ross gained 12 yards on a carry before coughing up the football, resulting in coach Marvin Lewis turning to Alex Erickson for more snaps than usual at wideout.
Rey continues to fill the void that Vontaze Burfict (suspension) has left. Due to his contributions, expect Rey to still see his fair share of snaps once Burfict returns, even if it's not at the same volume.
As long as Tyler Eifert is healthy, and usually even when he is not, Kroft is primarily a blocking tight end with a very low chance of making even a modest fantasy impact.