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.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 2/15/18 5:11pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron is expected to receive interest from the Cleveland Browns in free agency, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: The Browns tried to trade for McCarron during the season and are still looking for a starting quarterback. McCarron likely would be the starting quarterback if he signs with the Browns but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
A.J. McCarron - QBPosted 2/11/18 7:05pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron could end up with another team in 2018, even if he loses his grievance and remains a restricted free agent, according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. Even with a tender placed on him, Terrell believes a quarterback-needy team will pursue McCarron.
Huddle Up: Other than sporadic glimpses, McCarron is an unknown commodity. He would be a QB2 candidate if he ends up starting somewhere in 2018.
Alex Van Pelt - ACPosted 2/1/18 9:46am ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he was not even consulted before former quarterbacks coach, and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach, Alex Van Pelt was fired, adding that the decision was 'interesting.' Rodgers said he had a close connection with Van Pelt.
Huddle Up: We know Rodgers can succeed with any coach, but the fact that the Packers didn't even entertain Rodgers' opinions on the matter is certainly puzzling. Nonetheless, the veteran quarterback is a perennial high-end QB1 as long as he is of sound health.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 1/31/18 2:09pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent RB Jeremy Hill has indicated that he plans to test the free-agent market this offseason.
Huddle Up: Hill likely will not re-sign with the Bengals but may have a hard time finding a starting job this offseason. He likely will have to be part of a committee at running back with a team in 2018 and would only be a late-round option in fantasy drafts if he is not starting.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 1/19/18 8:51am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is likely to leave via free agency, in the opinion of beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: Hill will be entering his age-26 season and had 29 touchdowns through his first three seasons before taking a step back last season. He could be an RB2 in most situations.
Tyler Eifert - TEPosted 1/19/18 6:23pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer gives Eifert a 10 percent chance of re-signing with the Bengals.
Huddle Up: Eifert has been a force in the red zone when healthy, but he hasn't been able to stay on the field. Wherever he plays in 2018, he will be a high-risk, high-reward TE2.
A.J. Green - WRPosted 1/11/18 8:29am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee) will not play in the Pro Bowl due to a knee injury. The injury requires rest, and he will not miss any time in spring workouts.
Huddle Up: Green delivered a 75-1,078-8 season, but that production feels pretty hollow after two dominant seasons in 2012-13. He turns 30 in July, and last season feels about as good as it's going to get for him. He's a low-end WR1 possibility come draft day.
Joe Mixon - RBPosted 12/31/17 5:13am ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is still considered a game-time decision for Week 17's game against the Baltimore Ravens, although he is expected to be active. He wants to test the injury during pregame warmups before an official decision is made.
Huddle Up: Mixon was officially listed as questionable on the injury report but was a limited practice participant during the team's two final sessions during the week. If he is active, he should be viewed as nothing more than a flex option.
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