|Offense||24th||84.0 (28th)||227.0 (18th)|
|Defense||2nd||103.2 (14th)||159.6 (2nd)|
|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|
|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|
|85||Eifert, Tyler (IR)||TE||6-6||255||9/8/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|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|
|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 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.
Even when Hewitt was healthy, his main role was on special teams. In his absence, Cethan Carter may see an increase in snaps, but it likely won't lead to any fantasy production.
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.
The Lions only kept three tight ends, so Orndoff realistically never stood a chance. He probably isn't a candidate for the practice squad either.
Atkins bounced back after recording only two tackles the previous two weeks, logging his fourth sack of the season and adding a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The division-rival Steelers are up next for Cincinnati following their Week 6 bye.
Green's biggest contribution came early in Sunday's game when he went deep up the right sideline for a 77-yard touchdown. The Bengals look like a new team under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and arguably no one has benefited more than Green. Green has topped 100 yards twice in the three games since Cincinnati's switch and has scored in each. He'll face a tough challenge in keeping the moment going against Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and the Jaguars after next week's bye.
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.
Now that he's healthy, Hopkins will slot back in at right guard for Sunday's matchup with the Bills.
Nickerson has resided on the Bengals' practice squad since Vontaze Burfict returned from his three-game suspension in late September. The 23-year-old takes the roster spot of tight end Tyler Eifert (back), and he will likely assume a role on special teams with the Bengals' linebacker corps currently in full health.
The shoulder injury Kirkpatrick suffered during Sunday's victory over Buffalo must not have been very severe, given his full involvement during the Bengals' first practice of the week. Expect him to start in the Bengals' Week 7 game against the Steelers.
Mixon put Cincinnati back on top early in the fourth quarter when he bounced his run outside and got around the edge for a five-yard score. The controversial second-round pick has drawn his fair share of criticism early in the season for underwhelming in a featured role, averaging just 2.8 yards per rush thus far. Still, it is clear that the Bengals are ready to eschew their former two-headed monster of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill for the more complete Mixon. The rookie has averaged 19 touches per game over the past three weeks. Hill and Bernard have been limited to, respectively, 19 and 15 touches total during that same span.
Johnson will return to his reserve lineman role since Trey Hopkins (knee) also will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Lawson struggled to make noise in the first two games of the season, but he was able to make an impact Sunday. His pressure was consistent throughout the course of the game, as his 2.5 sacks attest. Whether this is a step in the right direction or a blip on the radar is yet to be determined, however.
It was by far the most productive game for Dennard this season, who had just seven total tackles through the first two games. Dennard played 52 of the Bengals' 70 defensive snaps Sunday, as he is still behind both Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick in the team's pecking order.
Fejedelem had been dealing with a hamstring issue that kept him limited in practice Wednesday, but after a full session Thursday, he should be a full for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers.
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.
Burfict looked like his usual self in his second game of the season with three tackles for loss and a pass defensed, in addition to his first sack of the season. The Bengals have an upcoming bye week prior to a Week 7 matchup with division-rival Pittsburgh.
With Boyd out and John Ross no lock to be active this week, look for the Bengals' Week 7 wideout corps to be led by A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, with Alex Erickson and Cody Core also in the mix. Moreover, rookie Josh Malone is a candidate Sunday to be active for the first time this season.
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.
Smith participated fully at practice Friday after being limited earlier in the week, so it would seem he is progressing in the right direction to play Sunday. The 25-year-old has not seen game action since Week 2, and he would likely be limited to a special teams role if he's able to play against the Steelers this week.
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.
An added bonus for Bullock was that four of his five kickoffs were downed for touchbacks, with the fifth returned for a mere 17 yards. He hasn't been asked to do much in five weeks -- attempting only two kicks beyond 40 yards -- but he's filled his role competently.
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 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.
A couple of those receptions came late on shuffle passes to help move the chains, which obviously are going to result in fewer yards per target. LaFell isn't often targeted downfield in this offense, though the injury to Tyler Boyd (knee) could create a few extra opportunities, especially if John Ross (knee) can't return after the bye.
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.
As expected, Cincinnati's bye week gave Dalton plenty of time to recover from the minor ankle injury he suffered in a 20-16 win over the Bills in Week 5. Per Terrell, Dalton said he's pain-free as the Bengals prepare for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.
The Bengals defense harassed Tyrod Taylor throughout the afternoon and Johnson led the way with two of the team's six sacks. Cincinnati has a Week 6 bye and then travel to face division-rival Pittsburgh on the road.
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 injured his elbow in Week 5 against the Bills but evidently returned to full health during the Bengals' Week 6 bye. He appears all set to man his usual starting spot at strong safety Sunday.
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.
Bernard has now caught at least two passes in four consecutive weeks, though his two-game streak with a touchdown reception was snapped on Sunday. The shifty back's abilities in the passing game make him a little less susceptible to the emergence of rookie Joe Mixon than fellow veteran Jeremy Hill, but make no mistake: It's Mixon's time in Cincinnati, and any damage Bernard manages will be accomplished with limited opportunities. He has yet to top eight touches in a game this season.
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.
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.
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 played just 15 snaps in each of the last two games, so even if he suits up, don't expect him to play enough to make a serious impact. Darqueze Dennard and Josh Shaw will likely be pressed into slightly larger roles in the secondary in Week 7 if Jones is in fact sidelined.
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.
It was Dunlap's first sack of the season, and he also had a pair of quarterback hits as the Bengals abused Aaron Rodgers behind a depleted offensive line. The veteran defensive end finally showed up after recording only five tackles across the first two games and will look for another strong showing against the Falcons.
Ross, who has been limited this season to the five offensive snaps he saw in Week 2, is inching toward a return to action, but in any case, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft will probably need to turn in a full and productive game before gaining traction in fantasy circles. Down the road though, Ross's blazing speed should result in him developing into a dangerous playmaker in the Bengals' offense. If he suits up Sunday against the Steelers, Ross would likely be in store for a somewhat restricted snap count as he eases back in from a three-game absence.
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.
Kroft had already impressed in his three-game run in a starting role with 13 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and now he'll receive the opportunity to show the Bengals that he could be a long-term answer at the position. Though Eifert has been incredibly effective when healthy during his four NFL seasons, health issues have limited his reliability and could make the Bengals reluctant to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent this offseason. Kroft's continued success amid Eifert's absence would likely go a long way toward determining how the Bengals address the position in the offseason. With his snap count now seemingly secure for the rest of the season, Kroft may be worth a pickup in leagues where he's still available.