Joe Mixon - RBPosted 7/19/18 9:33am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has shed weight this offseason, going from 230 pounds to 218 pounds. 'I feel like that's where I play my best,' Mixon said. 'I was trying to get last year but I wasn't able to make it. I feel real good. My body feels real good. I feel like I'm in really good shape.'
Huddle Up: This is the kind of stuff you want to hear during the offseason. Mixon held his own as a rookie behind a suspect line, but he was considered by and large to be a disappointment. With an improved line and an improved physique, Mixon is primed to reach low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 status.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 7/6/18 8:33pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he feels he had a 'crummy' 2017 season but expects more consistency this year.
Huddle Up: Even in what he considered a down year, Green finished with 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him improve on his 2017 numbers after the Bengals upgraded their offensive line this offseason, and Green should be a dependable WR1 regardless.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 6/24/18 8:33pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon should break 1,000 yards behind a revamped offensive line this season, in the opinion of Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Mixon struggled with efficiency as a rookie, but he still finished with 913 yards from scrimmage while starting just seven games. As the unquestioned starter in 2018, he should at least provide RB2 production.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 6/21/18 8:03pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has the 'body of an All-Pro' and is in great shape, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: We may have already seen Dalton's best years, but if offseason upgrades to the offensive line work out, he could certainly be one of the better QB2 options in 2018.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 6/13/18 1:55pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's (back) status for training camp is unclear at this point, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Eifert is an injury magnet. Over his five-year career he has actually missed more games than he has played. He possesses TE1 value when healthy, but the risk just isn't worth the reward.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 6/12/18 11:42pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) did not participate in the team's minicamp Tuesday, June 12, despite being at the facility earlier in the day.
Huddle Up: Eifert's injury issues are well chronicled so him missing a minicamp wouldn't be particularly newsworthy except that head coach Marvin Lewis seemed surprised that he wasn't there and had no explanation for Eifert's absence. Given his high upside and lengthy injury history, Eifert is someone to monitor throughout the preseason.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 5/30/18 6:44pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (leg) did not finish practice Tuesday, May 29, after suffering a minor leg injury during practice but said he will be fine.
Huddle Up: Green may not do much for the next few weeks but should be a full participant during the June minicamp. He is one of the top receivers in the NFL and will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues.
John Ross - WRPosted 5/27/18 7:33pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross has been 'fed the ball on a variety of routes' during OTAs, according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Huddle Up: Ross' rookie season was ruined by injuries, but the former top-10 pick has the speed to produce big plays. Cincinnati is going to do everything it can to help bring Ross along, and he'll be worth a flier in the final rounds of drafts.
John Ross - WRPosted 5/15/18 5:10pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross told the team's official website he 'couldn't ask to feel any better' than he does at the moment and suggested this is the best he's felt since his final year of college.
Huddle Up: Ross quickly became a forgotten man in the Bengals' offense as a pre-draft shoulder surgery kept him sidelined until training camp last season. He landed in the doghouse shortly thereafter following a fumble on his lone touch of 2017 ended up in a fumble. Last year's No. 9 overall pick could easily be a post-hype breakout player, as Brandon LaFell is really his only main competition for a starting job. Ross is well worth a late-round flyer this spring and summer.
Mark Walton - RBPosted 4/28/18 9:40am ET
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Miami (Fla.) RB Mark Walton with the 112th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Walton will be behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard on the depth chart this season, so he will not receive a lot of touches as a rookie. He can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Auden Tate - WRPosted 4/28/18 3:44pm ET
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Florida State WR Auden Tate with the 253rd overall pick (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Tate almost slipped completely out of the draft and to undrafted free agency, but the Bengals will give him a shot at winning a roster spot in the Queen City. It's a good spot for Tate, as he'll fight for depth chart position with Tyler Boyd, Cody Core, Alex Erickson, Josh Malone and John Ross, behind starters A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 4/16/18 2:48pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has decreased his weight to 225 pounds this offseason after weighing in at 238 pounds last offseason. The sophomore running back plans to lose five more pounds before the season begins.
Huddle Up: Mixon held his own behind a subpar offensive line as a rookie. With an improved line and improve physique, Mixon should be ready to better his numbers in his second year. As it stands, Mixon can be drafted as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 despite yielding touches to Giovani Bernard.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 4/12/18 7:37pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is looking forward to the new playbook that is being prepared by offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who has spent this offseason revamping the old one after joining the club early on last season. 'The sense I'm getting is there is going to be a lot of change and a lot of learning, which is a good thing,' Dalton said. 'I think it's good to challenge yourself and kind of refresh yourself on what you're doing. When you're hearing the same thing for seven straight years, it can be mundane and you already know it. Now it's new and fresh.'
Huddle Up: Dalton isn't exactly coming off a strong year, posting an 86.6 passer rating and logging the second-fewest passing yards of his career. The team did improve overall, though, after Lazor came aboard, so there is some hope that his first offseason with the club can lead to bigger things next season. Regardless, Dalton is a QB2 in most formats entering the 2018 campaign.
Andy Dalton - QBPosted 3/30/18 7:34am ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is unlikely to receive an extension this year, according to vice president Troy Blackburn. Dalton is the 17th highest-paid quarterback, according to Spotrac.com. 'We didn't sign the (Dalton) deal because we thought it was a good deal. At the time it was an expensive deal. It was a heavy lift,' Blackburn said. 'We did it because Andy was a winning starting quarterback in the National Football League, he had demonstrated that.'
Huddle Up: Dalton was 16th in fantasy points at the position last season, and his fantasy appeal has leveled off. He's a consistent, yet unspectacular backup.
John Ross - WRPosted 3/30/18 7:04pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross is 'all fixed up' after dealing with injuries to his shoulder and lower legs last year, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: Ross has a lot to prove after injuries ruined his rookie season. Continue to hold on to him in dynasty formats, but he is no more than a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 3/16/18 4:05pm ET
The New England Patriots are set to sign free-agent RB Jeremy Hill (Bengals), a source said Friday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Hill will essentially replace Dion Lewis, who was lost to the Tennessee Titans. After being lost in the shuffle in the Queen City with Joe Mixon taking the reins of the offense, Hill might see a rebound in fantasy appeal depending on his role. Former Bengals back Rex Burkhead emerged as a solid fantasy option in Foxboro last season. Perhaps Hill will also see a renaissance.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 3/15/18 12:07pm ET
Free-agent TE Tyler Eifert (Bengals) is re-signing to a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Eifert is one of the best at his position, but he has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Over the last two seasons he has played in just 10 games, missing all but two in 2017. Ergo, the one-year deal makes sense. He's a touchdown machine when he's on the field, but the risk just isn't worth it at his price tag.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 3/14/18 4:25pm ET
The Buffalo Bills and free-agent QB AJ McCarron agreed to terms on a two-year deal Wednesday, March 14. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: McCarron will be the veteran bridge quarterback and mentor to a young rookie the team is expected to bring in. For fantasy purposes, he has low-end QB2 at this point.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 3/14/18 8:35pm ET
Updating a previous report, new Buffalo Bills QB AJ McCarron will earn at least $10 million over two years with $6.5 million available in incentives.
Huddle Up: McCarron is probably going to be the starter in Buffalo at the onset of campaign, but due to the club's lack of depth in their supporting cast, he's really just an option for two-quarterback formats. The former Bengal flashed some success when he got the chance to start for a time during the 2015 campaign, but he's not likely to duplicate that in his current situation.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 3/10/18 9:55am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell could be released this offseason in part because the team would create $4 million in salary cap space. The team could also cut LaFell in order to give more playing time to the younger receivers on the roster.
Huddle Up: LaFell has been a starting receiver for the Bengals over the last two seasons but posted only 548 yards this past season. He could receive some interest if he is released but would not be a great fantasy option.
Tyler Boyd - WRPosted 3/8/18 9:57pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd had all criminal charges against him dismissed Thursday, March 8, stemming from a car accident in July. He had faced drug charges after his car was found involved in a single-vehicle wreck and authorities discovered 'liquor and vape materials inside with traces of marijuana.' Boyd told police days later that somebody else had been driving his car.
Huddle Up: Boyd's only notable contribution in 2017 was the game-winning touchdown in Week 17 over the Ravens that infamously ended the Bills' extensive playoff drought. Other than that, it was largely a forgettable campaign for the former second-round draft pick that saw him log just 22 catches for 225 yards across 10 games. He's not on the radar to be drafted in any leagues.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 3/5/18 10:57pm ET
The Cleveland Browns are 'still exceedingly interested' in signing Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron. Head coach Hue Jackson, who was McCarron's former offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, prefers bringing him in 'and then backstopping him' with a rookie quarterback in the draft.
Huddle Up: Of course, much was made of the trade-deadline-day debacle this past season that saw the Browns not finalize their deal in time to acquire McCarron from the Bengals. Fortunately for Cleveland, they have plenty more time in this instance to cement something, so it appears they will indeed land the Cincinnati backup, along with a rookie to apparently wait in the wings. As a result, McCarron should be relied upon as a QB2 out of the gate in two-quarterback formats if he indeed signs with the Browns.
John Ross - WRPosted 3/2/18 8:40pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross 'was not a miss,' head coach Marvin Lewis said Friday, March 2.
Huddle Up: Lewis pointed out that Ross was injured a majority of the season, and while Ross was certainly a disappointment, it is a little too soon to label him a bust. That being said, he is no more than a late-round flier heading into 2018.
Giovani Bernard - RBPosted 2/28/18 11:13am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon will be the featured running back with RB Giovani Bernard mixed in, according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.
Huddle Up: This was to be expected, especially with the departure of Jeremy Hill. The Bengals need to better fortify their offensive line to give Mixon better opportunities for success, but Mixon has an RB2 floor if he can keep good health.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 2/26/18 5:23am ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent TE Tyler Eifert (back) has been cleared by doctors and is ready for organized team activities.
Huddle Up: He'll need to find a team first since the Bengals will probably move on from him. He has never played a 16-game season, and he'll likely have to take a short-term 'prove-it' deal. He could wind up being a bargain in fantasy as a mid-tier TE1.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 2/21/18 10:44pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is 'unlikely' to be re-signed by the team, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who believes someone would be willing to pay up for his services, even if it's on a 'prove-it' type deal.
Huddle Up: Eifert's situation has been one of the more unfortunate ones in all of pro football over the last several years. When healthy, he's proven to be a legitimate TE1, even making the Pro Bowl during the 2015 campaign. However, health has been his biggest bugaboo, as he's played more than half a season only twice in five years, and was limited to just two games in 2017. He may be worth the risk, though, given his notable talent.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 2/18/18 9:36am ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron is expected to receive interest from the Minnesota Vikings if the Vikings are not able to re-sign impending free-agent QB Case Keenum.
Huddle Up: Several teams will be looking for starting quarterbacks this offseason, so McCarron should have several options available. He has seen limited playing time since entering the league and probably would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season if he is a starter.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 2/18/18 6:41pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron will likely command a contract for 'at least' as much as the three-year, $45 million contract Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon signed last year, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
Huddle Up: McCarron is an unknown commodity, but if he can land a starting gig for 2018, he will be worth a look as a low-end QB2.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 2/18/18 7:12pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron's 'ceiling is that of a solid game manager,' according to a scout.
Huddle Up: Being a game manager might not translate to fantasy stardom, but McCarron could be a serviceable fantasy backup if he lands a starting gig for 2018.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 2/15/18 2:04pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron has won his grievance and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, according to a source.
Huddle Up: McCarron should receive interest from several teams looking for a starting quarterback in free agency. He has seen limited success in the NFL but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues.
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