Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense27th79.5 (22nd)178.5 (22nd)
Defense5th162.5 (31st)104.5 (1st)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Atkins, Geno DT6-13003/28/19888Georgia
25Bernard, Giovani RB5-920511/22/19915North Carolina
99Billings, Andrew NT6-13253/6/19952Baylor
61Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19924North Carolina
65Boling, Clint G6-53055/9/19897Georgia
83Boyd, Tyler WR6-219711/15/19942Pittsburgh
4Bullock, Randy K5-921412/16/19896Texas A&M
82Carter, Cethan TE6-32459/5/1995RNebraska
16Core, Cody WR6-32144/17/19942Ole Miss
14Dalton, Andy QB6-222010/29/19877TCU
21Dennard, Darqueze CB5-1120510/10/19914Michigan State
96Dunlap, Carlos DE6-62802/28/19898Florida
85Eifert, Tyler TE6-62559/8/19905Notre Dame
12Erickson, Alex WR6-019511/6/19922Wisconsin
50Evans, Jordan LB6-32401/27/1995ROklahoma
42Fejedelem, Clayton SS6-02056/2/19932Illinois
74Fisher, Jake T6-63104/23/19933Oregon
98Glasgow, Ryan DT6-33029/30/1993RMichigan
18Green, A.J. WR6-42107/31/19887Georgia
46Harris, Clark LS6-52507/10/19849Rutgers
89Hewitt, Ryan TE6-42551/24/19914Stanford
32Hill, Jeremy RB6-123010/20/19924LSU
66Hopkins, Trey G6-33107/6/19922Texas
10Huber, Kevin P6-12107/16/19859Cincinnati
43Iloka, George FS6-42253/31/19906Boise State
22Jackson, William CB6-019010/27/19922Houston
60Johnson, T.J. G6-42957/17/19904South Carolina
90Johnson, Michael DE6-72802/7/19879Georgia Tech
24Jones, Adam CB5-101859/30/198311West Virginia
27Kirkpatrick, Dre CB6-218510/26/19896Alabama
81Kroft, Tyler TE6-626010/15/19923Rutgers
11LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19868LSU
58Lawson, Carl LB6-22606/29/1995RAuburn
80Malone, Josh WR6-32083/21/1996RTennessee
5McCarron, AJ QB6-32159/13/19903Alabama
51Minter, Kevin MLB6-024612/3/19905LSU
28Mixon, Joe RB6-12287/24/1996ROklahoma
56Nickerson, Hardy LB6-02351/5/1994RIllinois
70Ogbuehi, Cedric T6-53104/25/19923Texas A&M
62Redmond, Alex G6-53301/18/19951UCLA
57Rey, Vincent OLB6-02459/6/19877Duke
15Ross, John WR5-1119011/27/1995RWashington
20Russell, KeiVarae CB5-1119610/19/19932Notre Dame
26Shaw, Josh CB6-11903/27/19923Southern California
92Sims, Pat DT6-233011/29/198510Auburn
71Smith, Andre T6-43301/25/19879Alabama
31Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19923Fresno State
94Smith, Chris DE6-12662/11/19924Arkansas
87Uzomah, C.J. TE6-62651/14/19933Auburn
59Vigil, Nick OLB6-22408/20/19932Utah State
63Westerman, Christian G6-33052/23/19932Arizona State
36Williams, Shawn SS6-02105/13/19915Georgia
75Willis, Jordan DE6-42605/2/1995RKansas State
Injured Players
33Carson, Tra (IR) RB5-1122810/24/19921Texas A&M
6Driskel, Jeff (IR) QB6-42384/23/19932Louisiana Tech
84Kumerow, Jake (IR) WR6-42102/17/19921Wis.-Whitewater
30Peerman, Cedric (IR) RB5-1021210/10/19868Virginia
86Schreck, Mason (IR) TE6-525211/4/1993RBuffalo
Practice Squad
52Bell, Brandon LB6-12301/9/1995RPenn State
 Dielman, J.J C6-530012/16/1993RUtah
78Perkins, Kent G6-532011/19/1994RTexas
 Shelton, Sojourn CB5-917712/25/1994RWisconsin
 Toner, Cole G6-53003/13/19942Harvard
68Tupou, Josh DT6-33505/2/1994RColorado
13Whitfield, Kermit WR5-818410/8/1993RFlorida State
39Williams, Jarveon RB5-92051/3/1995RTexas-San Antonio
69Williams, DeShawn DT6-129212/29/19922Clemson
40Wilson, Brandon DB5-101997/27/1994RHouston
Suspended Players
55Burfict, Vontaze OLB6-12559/24/19906Arizona State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cincinnati6-4311.96-3292.925.62133
 
 
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Position Listing
Cedric Peerman
News
Peerman (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
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.

Josh Shaw
News
Shaw (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Jeff Driskel
News
The thumb injury Driskel suffered in Thursday's preseason game against the Colts will not require surgery, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Thumb - Injured Reserve
J.J Dielman
News
Dielman was waived by the Rams on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

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.

Josh Tupou
No Updates
Cedric Ogbuehi
News
Ogbuehi gave up two of the five sacks that the Bengals allowed against the Ravens and was their lowest-rated offensive lineman, per Pro Football Focus, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Andre Smith
No Updates
Kevin Minter
News
Minter had ten tackles during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

Minter entered the week with an undisclosed injury but it seems like that's now in the rear-view mirror.

Kermit Whitfield
News
Whitfield signed with the Bengals on Saturday.

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.

Geno Atkins
News
Atkins had five tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks Thursday against the Texans.

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.

A.J. Green
News
Green brought in five of eight targets for 67 yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.

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 target, 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.

Clint Boling
News
Boling (shoulder) played in Friday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.

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.

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
News
Hopkins (knee) won't play in Thursday's game against the Texans.

Hopkins didn't practice all week after injuring his left knee in the Bengals' season-opening loss to the Ravens last Sunday.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 3 at Green Bay
Hardy Nickerson
News
Nickerson (ankle) was not present on Monday's injury report, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Cole Toner
No Updates
Dre Kirkpatrick
News
Kirkpatrick (foot) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

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.

Joe Mixon
News
Mixon rushed nine times for 36 yards and hauled in one reception for five yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.

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 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.

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
Christian Westerman
No Updates
Brandon Wilson
News
Wilson (knee) has been activated from the non-football injury list and is now eligible to practice and play, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Kent Perkins
No Updates
Vontaze Burfict
News
Burfict (suspension) signed a three-year, $38.68 million contract extension with the Bengals on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 4 at Cleveland
Tyler Boyd
News
Head coach Marvin Lewis declared after Thursday's game against the Texans that Boyd (hamstring) was not declared inactive due to medical reasons, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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 leadup to Week 3.

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.

Sojourn Shelton
No Updates
William Jackson
News
Jackson is a candidate to start in Week 1's game against the Ravens due to Adam Jones's one-game suspension, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.

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.

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
The Bengals are expected to place Carson (undisclosed) on their injured reserve list, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Derron Smith
News
With starting strong safety Shawn Williams out with an elbow injury, Smith could be in line for more playing time in the near future, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Jeremy Hill
News
Hill rushed just six times for 17 yards and hauled in his lone target for five yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.

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 has 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.

Mason Schreck
News
Schreck (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Randy Bullock
News
Bullock made all three of his attempts Thursday against the Texans.

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.

Jordan Willis
News
Willis notched his third preseason sack Sunday against the Redskins, drawing the attention of teammate Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals' official site reports. "They come off the edge, they don't even think about it," Burfict raved. "Just go after it. They're young, hungry, and fast. Jordan (Willis) is going to be somebody to reckon with. He comes off the edge fast."

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.

Tyler Eifert
News
Eifert is dealing with back and knee injuries, leaving his status uncertain for Week 3 against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Week 2 was a rough one for top tight ends, with Greg Olsen (foot), Rob Gronkowski (groin), Jordan Reed (chest) and Jimmy Graham (knee) suffering injuries of varying severity. Add Eifert to the list, though he'll at least have the benefit of extra time to recover after playing on Thursday Night Football in Week 2. He's off to a slow start with only four catches for 46 yards on five targets through two games, but the Cincinnati offense can't be this bad all season and likely will make more of an effort to get Eifert the ball. Should he end up missing time, Tyler Kroft likely would fill in as the starting tight end, though A.J. Green might be the larger beneficiary from a fantasy perspective, considering he and Eifert tend to compete for Andy Dalton's attention in the red zone.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 3 at Green Bay
Jake Kumerow
News
Kumerow (ankle) was waived/injured by the Bengals on Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Cody Core
News
Core (ankle) was back in pads for Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group reports.

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.

Brandon LaFell
News
LaFell caught three of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

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.

Josh Malone
News
Malone has had a good training camp and continued his good work into Saturday's preseason game, catching three passes for 35 yards. He got some reps with the first-team offense, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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.

Andy Dalton
News
Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed following Thursday's loss to the Texans that Dalton's job as the team's starting quarterback is safe, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

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.

Michael Johnson
News
Johnson (concussion) won't play in Thursday's game against the Texans.

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.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 3 at Green Bay
Chris Smith
News
Smith recorded six tackles (three solo) to go along with his first sack of the season in Thursday's loss to the Texans.

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%) 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 potentially be line for an advantageous situation.

Brandon Bell
No Updates
Shawn Williams
News
Williams (elbow) is officially active for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

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.

C.J. Uzomah
News
Uzomah (ankle) is officially inactive for Thursday night's game against 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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 3 at Green Bay
Giovani Bernard
News
Bernard caught two of four targets for 16 yards and added 10 yards on the ground in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.

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.

AJ McCarron
News
The Broncos shot down speculation that they might be trying to trade for McCarron, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

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.

Alex Erickson
News
Erickson brought in four of six targets for 62 yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.

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 involvement moving forward remains to be seen, as Tyler Boyd (hamstring) and John Ross remain ahead of him on the depth chart and project to have much more consistent roles in the offense.

George Iloka
News
Iloka (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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.

Adam Jones
News
Jones left Thursday's game against the Texans with a right arm injury.

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 a long week to recover, but 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.

Injury
Arm - Questionable for Week 3 at Green Bay
Jarveon Williams
News
Williams signed with the Bengals practice squad.

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.

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 recorded a 12-yard run in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans. He fumbled on the play.

After Ross' fumble late in the first quarter he didn't get another opportunity. Overall, he was on the field for just five of Cincinnati's 64 offensive snaps. Losing the ball on his first career touch was not a great way to endear himself to his team, but it's still surprising that the Bengals didn't look to their first-round pick's 4.2-speed given their issues scoring. Look for Cincinnati to try to better utilize the speedster moving forward, though his usage will have to increase significantly before he becomes a fantasy factor.

Vincent Rey
News
Rey racked up 11 tackles (six solo) against the Texans on Thursday.

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.

Cethan Carter
No Updates
Clark Harris
No Updates
Nick Vigil
No Updates
Russell Bodine
No Updates
Tyler Kroft
News
Kroft had one catch for five yards on 12 offensive snaps in Week 1 against the Ravens.

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.

 

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