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  Bengals | Donte Whitner being recruited to CIN    Wed Jun 22, 01:11 PM

Free-agent SS Donte Whitner (Browns) is being recruited by Cincinnati Bengals LB Karlos Dansby to sign with the Bengals.

Footballguys view: Whitner was not brought back by the Browns, but he might stay in the division. The Bengals have an opening at safety that may come down to a battle between the inexperienced Shawn Williams, who did start four games last year and 2015 sixth round pick Derron Smith.

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  Bengals | Brandon LaFell feeling comfortable    Wed Jun 22, 01:10 AM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.

Footballguys view: LaFell could open the season as key target in the Bengals pass offense if Tyler Eifert isn't ready for Week 1 after offseason ankle surgery. He was a non-factor last year after a leg injury landed him on the PUP to begin the season, but LaFell was a strong producer in 2014 for New England. He might not be worth a draft pick, but keep LaFell on your early season waiver wire speed dial with all of the opportunity in the Bengals passing game.

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  Bengals | Brandon Thompson's status uncertain    Mon Jun 20, 01:44 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Brandon Thompson (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he could be a candidate for the Physically Unable to Perform list if the team continues to be cautious with his recovery.

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  Bengals | Brandon LaFell picking up offense    Thu Jun 16, 10:01 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, QB Andy Dalton said, and LaFell said he is ready to take advantage if defenses double team WR A.J. Green.

Footballguys view: We're not buying the LaFell hype. He's a player who has dropped way too many passes dating all the way back to his college career at LSU. LaFell is not consistent, and we're not sure he's going to be the answer opposite Green. Watch to see if rookie Tyler Boyd emerges in the Bengals passing game.

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A.J. Green player page
Andy Dalton player page


  Bengals | Two tackles likely ready for camp    Thu Jun 16, 06:56 PM

Cincinnati Bengals OTs Jake Fisher (undisclosed) and Cedric Ogbuehi (knee) should both be ready for training camp despite only participating in individual drills so far this offseason.

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  Bengals | Andy Dalton receives praise    Thu Jun 16, 06:50 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been better than advertised so far this offseason, according to WR Brandon LaFell. LaFell noted Dalton's ball placement, accuracy, quick release and command of the huddle as factors that have especially impressed.

Footballguys view: Dalton was having a great season in 2015 before he got hurt, as if everything clicked. We don't know what Hue Jackson's absence might mean for him but we like what we're hearing from LaFell here. Dalton should be a solid QB2 with upside this year in Cincinnati.

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  Bengals | James Wright to be ready for camp?    Thu Jun 16, 06:41 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) participated in individual drills for the first time Wednesday, June 15, after undergoing micro fracture knee surgery this offseason. Wright said he felt explosive and he thinks he'll be ready for training camp, but it's not certain at this point.

Footballguys view: We still think he's a long shot to make the team, forget making an impact but we're still pulling for him.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati waives Gionni Paul    Thu Jun 16, 05:58 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Gionni Paul was released Thursday, June 16.

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  Bengals | James Wright takes part in drills    Wed Jun 15, 07:26 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) participated in individual drills during practice Wednesday, June 15. He has missed nearly two seasons because of microfracture surgery and is not sure if he will be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: It's hard to imagine Wright having much of an impact but we wish him well. It would be a great story if he could stick and have a good season. With AJ Green and seasoned vets like Brandon LaFell and Brandon Tate, Wright has a lot of competition for snaps and we aren't putting him on our rosters.

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  Bengals | William Jackson signs deal    Fri Jun 10, 05:09 PM

Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III, the team's first-round pick, signed a four-year deal worth $9.705 million Friday, June 10. The deal includes a $5.258 signing bonus as well as a fifth-year option.

Footballguys view: Jackson was one of our favorite CBs in this draft class. According to NFL.com, Jackson only allowed 40 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed over last two years. He's got the speed to get into the back pocket of a receiver, and he provides great downfield coverage. Jackson has a nose for the ball, and he can make plays at the point of the catch. Once the interception is secured, Jackson has the athleticism to be a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He's going to compete as a sub-package CB this year for the Bengals, but he's got the future upside to be an impact starter in the NFL.

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  Bengals | Giovani Bernard extended    Wed Jun 8, 03:28 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is finalizing a three-year extension worth $15.5 million Wednesday, June 8, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bernard was entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2016, and the Bengals wanted to keep him around for a good price. We should see him involved as part of the team's RBBC with Jeremy Hill, but Bernard really stands out as a receiver out of the backfield. With losses to the receiving corps in free agency (Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu), Bernard may be able to outproduce the 49 catches he had in 2015.

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  Bengals | Carlos Dunlap eyes sacks record    Fri Jun 3, 01:57 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap said his biggest motivation is to break former New York Giants DE Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22 1/2 sacks. 'Along with the team goals, you've got to have your personal goals that will help you obtain the team goal,' Dunlap said. 'My personal goals are to get that sack title at the end of the season, one, and then two, to get Strahan's record.'

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  Bengals | A.J. Green helping Tyler Boyd    Sun May 29, 11:11 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said watching WR A.J. Green demonstrate techniques makes them easier to learn than just having someone tell him how to do them.

Footballguys view: The second-round pick from PITT is the likely starter opposite Green this year after the team lost Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency. Boyd reminds some in the scouting community of Keenan Allen (Chargers) because of his competitive nature when the ball is in the air and his body control to make difficult catches seem routine.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert's injury didn't improve     Sun May 29, 09:19 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's (ankle) ankle injury didn't improve as expected following the initial evaluation, and surgery became the only option.

Footballguys view: Eifert injured his ankle in the worthless tradition known as the Pro Bowl. The injury did not get better, and there was a tipping point when surgery was the only option. There's a chance that Eifert will be ready for the start of the regular season, but other reports indicate he could miss a few games to start the year.

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  Bengals | A.J. Green ready to carry offense    Fri May 27, 11:35 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he knows that the offense is only going to go as far as he and QB Andy Dalton can take it in 2016.

Footballguys view: Good thing he's ready, because that's what the Bengals are going to need him to do. Not only did they lose Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency, but star TE Tyler Eifert may miss some games to start the season due to ankle surgery.

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A.J. Green player page
Andy Dalton player page


  Bengals | Sign Andrew Bonnet    Wed May 25, 05:51 PM

Free-agent FB Andrew Bonnet (Panthers) was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, May 25.


  Bengals | Jon Brown waived    Wed May 25, 05:44 PM

Cincinnati Bengals PK Jon Brown (undisclosed) was waived/injured Wednesday, May 25.


  Bengals | Ryan Hewitt hurting    Wed May 25, 03:06 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Ryan Hewitt (undisclosed) recently underwent a minor, non-football procedure. He is recovering nicely and will return soon.

Footballguys view: The Bengals already have Tyler Eifert banged up, but Hewitt is really more of an H-back or fullback than he is a tight end. This sounds like he'll be back in the near future.

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  Bengals | More on Tyler Eifert operation    Wed May 25, 10:01 AM

Updating an earlier report, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is having surgery to repair a loose ligament on the side of his foot.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert could miss multiple games    Wed May 25, 09:39 AM

Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo surgery on his ankle Wednesday, May 25, and he could miss the first couple of games of the regular season, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The timetable for Eifert is unknown at this time. The Bengals offense would sorely miss the star TE even if he only misses a game or two. The team is going to have a new-look passing game with different targets for QB Andy Dalton. If Eifert is out, then we'll see Tyler Kroft in a larger role.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert a valuable scorer    Tue May 24, 03:05 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) scored on 18.6% of his 70 targets (13 touchdowns). No one with at least 20 targets had a higher percentage of targets result in touchdowns.

Footballguys view: Eifert's availability for the start of the regular season is unknown at this time due to his ankle surgery. Why does anyone play in the Pro Bowl? The NFL should just have players grab a controller and play Madden Ultimate Team to a live audience instead.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert may miss Week 1    Tue May 24, 02:20 PM

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) may not be ready for the start of the regular season, according to a source. Eifert will have surgery on his injured ankle in the near future. His expected recovery time is three months.

Footballguys view: Eifert suffered this injury during the Pro Bowl, but the team just decided to put him under the knife now. The Bengals are already short on targets with WRs Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) and Marvin Jones (Lions) moving on in free agency. When healthy, Eifert is a star TE and top-5 fantasy prospect at his position. Keep an eye on this situation as camp approaches. We think Eifert may skip the preseason in order to try and be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert to have ankle surgery    Tue May 24, 01:43 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) will undergo a 'minimal procedure' on his left ankle soon, and he is expected to need three months to recover, according to multiple sources.

Footballguys view: Eifert initially injured the ankle in the Pro Bowl and initial estimates for his recovery were promising, but his ankle hasn't responded since.

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  Bengals | Dwight Freeney to visit Bengals    Tue May 24, 11:23 AM

Free-agent LB/DE Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) will visit the Cincinnati Bengals this week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This would be an interesting (and potentially really good) fit for Freeney. The veteran pass-rusher is best suited to be a situational player at this point in his career. If he signed with the Bengals, Freeney would be a rotational player behind rushers Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. Freeney wants to sign with a contender, and the Bengals are certainly built like a team that can make a deep postseason run.

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  Bengals | Jeremy Hill hoping to up efficiency     Sun May 22, 12:18 AM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill's yards per carry dropped from 5.1 as a rookie to 3.6 last season, and he was missing running lanes that he hit quickly in his rookie year.

Footballguys view: Hill was slow with his decision making last year, and that led to his YPC downturn. This year, if he runs with better intent and determination then he should be swifter and build more power. Last year, the smaller back Gio Bernard had a better yards-after-contact-per rush average (1.9) than Hill (1.46).

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  Bengals | Tyler Boyd likely to open season in slot    Sat May 21, 04:06 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd will get chance to earn immediate playing time, according to new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese.

Footballguys view: The Bengals have A.J. Green and (for now) Brandon LaFell on the outside at WR. LaFell will likely end up disappointing them (like he does at every stop), so Boyd's role may grow from a WR3 to a WR2 for the team. For fantasy purposes, think of the rookie as a WR6 with upside.

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  Bengals | Andy Dalton to boost Tyler Boyd's game?    Thu May 19, 10:16 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he believes playing with QB Andy Dalton will help him elevate his performance. 'With him throwing me to open space, making me catch it away from defenders, making it a lot easier for me I feel like it'll just take my game to a whole other level than what I think it's already at,' Boyd said. 'It'll completely change me.'

Footballguys view: Dalton is solid on the shorter throws to slot receivers, which is where Boyd will be. Boyd has a lot of work to do to get up to speed, but with Dalton throwing and AJ Green occupying defenses, the rookie could develop into a decent WR4 or better this season.

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  Bengals | Tyler Boyd learning slot position    Thu May 19, 09:20 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he knows the team views him as a slot receiver, and wide receivers coach James Urban believes Boyd has the instincts to learn the slot position quickly.

Footballguys view: The Bengals need some more reciever help with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu both leaving. With attention focused on AJ Green, Boyd could be very productive if he gets up to speed quickly.

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  Bengals | Jeremy Hill motivated    Tue May 17, 07:49 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is using his costly playoff fumble from last season to motivate himself this offseason. 'If anything [the fumble] motivated me as a player and will continue to help me the rest of my career,' Hill said. Hill added that he's embracing his mistake and waiting for his opportunity to overcome it.

Footballguys view: Hill had a disappointing sophomore season, but he still finished the year as RB14 in standard-scoring leagues. He should once again be at least a top-15 fantasy RB. Hill is easily a RB2 with low-end RB1 upside in certain matchups, and his current ADP is RB23 (5.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Bengals | Shawn Williams inks extension    Tue May 17, 09:55 AM

Cincinnati Bengals SS Shawn Williams signed a four-year extension Tuesday, May 17, through the 2020 season. Terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Williams' four-year extension is worth $19.5 million with $2 million in incentives. He's been a special teams standout for the Bengals, but now he's expected to start in Reggie Nelson's (Raiders) old spot.

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  Bengals | Tyler Boyd signs deal    Mon May 16, 07:06 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd, the team's second-round draft pick, signed a four-year deal with the team Monday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Boyd might be the best WR they have behind A.J. Green with both Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) moving on in free agency. The rookie from PITT has smooth athleticism and can get open with ease. He has the body control to make difficult catches seem easy, and he's known as a competitive player with strong 'my ball' mentality.

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  Bengals | Waive Matt Johnson    Mon May 16, 05:56 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Matt Johnson was waived Monday, May 16.


  Bengals | Cincinnati to try out Joe Licata    Sun May 15, 03:33 AM

Free-agent QB Joe Licata will work out with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, May 16.

Footballguys view: Licata played his college ball for the University of Buffalo, and he is coming off a down 2015 season. He threw for 2,969 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2015 with a 62.4 completion percentage. Previous to that, Licata had many more TDs than INTs and teams are going to love his rocket arm. He's a camp arm, but Licata may be able to stick somewhere in the league.

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  Bengals | Sign Aaron Epps    Wed May 11, 06:17 PM

Undrafted free-agent OT Aaron Epps (Louisville) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, May 11.

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  Bengals | Dominique Easley working out    Mon May 9, 01:38 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent DT Dominique Easley (Patriots) is working out for the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, May 9, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Easley can be a productive player if healthy. There were some rumblings about him being an issue in the locker room with the Patriots, but the Bengals are a team who normally overlooks personality issues. The Falcons also have interest in the talented D-tackle.

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  Bengals | Tyler Boyd working to learn plays    Sun May 8, 11:59 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he is working to memorize the playbook as quickly as possible, and he said he already knows most of the terminology because of the similarities with his college offense.

Footballguys view: Losing Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohammed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency led the Bengals to find Boyd in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Boyd knows how to fight for the ball, and he's got the body control to make difficult catches seem routine. He'll immediately compete for the starting job opposite A.J. Green in 2016. We'll see if Boyd can impress and win that spot during training camp.

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  Bengals | Cody Core signs    Sat May 7, 03:38 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core signed his four-year rookie contract Saturday, May 7.

Footballguys view: Core is a big target (6'3") with the ability to box out smaller defenders for the ball. He can make the roster as a reserve WR and special teams player. His hands and concentration will need to improve if he's going to be able to move up the depth chart.

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  Bengals | Dominique Easley works out    Sat May 7, 09:17 AM

Free-agent DT Dominique Easley (Patriots) recently worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source. Easley has also worked out for other teams.

Footballguys view: Easley is still only 24 years old, and if he's healthy there's no question that he can be a force on the defensive line. The Falcons have shown interest in Easley as well, and there's no question that he'll find a new home before training camp.

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  Bengals | Dre Kirkpatrick recovering from surgery    Mon May 2, 07:09 PM

Cincinnati Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery two months ago and is still recovering, according to a source. He is expected to be fully healthy when organized team activities begin.

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  Bengals | To sign Tra Carson    Sun May 1, 02:56 PM

Free-agent RB Tra Carson (Texas A and M) will sign an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Footballguys view: Carson is a bruising downhill runner, but not much more. He could stick on the Bengals practice squad as a de facto backup to Jeremy Hill in the power running game.

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  Bengals | Trying out Blake Frohnapfel    Sun May 1, 02:11 PM

Free-agent QB Blake Frohnapfel (Massachusetts) will try out for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Footballguys view: Frohnapfel was a productive QB at UMASS, and he did a good job showcasing his skill set at the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year. We don't think he'll beat out Keith Wenning, the Bengals third-string QB behind Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron.

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  Bengals | Will try out Matt Johnson    Sun May 1, 02:00 PM

Free-agent QB Matt Johnson (Bowling Green) has been invited for a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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  Bengals | DyShawn Mobley added in Cincinnati    Sat Apr 30, 09:37 PM

Undrafted free-agent RB DyShawn Mobley (Eastern Kentucky) signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but he will receive a $1,500 signing bonus.

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  Bengals | Cincy selects Tyler Boyd at No. 55    Fri Apr 29, 09:05 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd with the No. 55 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: A good returner who can run sharp routes. He isn't fast but he has tremendous hands and could be a very nice slot addition.

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  Bengals | Cincy selects William Jackson    Thu Apr 28, 10:54 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Houston CB William Jackson III with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Footballguys view: The Bengals needed to add some secondary talent and William Jackson III is a ballhawk who will generate picks. This selection also hosed the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, who desperately needed a corner and while Artie Burns is solid, Jackson would have been a better fit.

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  Bengals | A.J. Hawk cut    Tue Apr 26, 12:35 PM

Updating an earlier report, Cincinnati Bengals LB A.J. Hawk was released Tuesday, April 26, and will receive a $1.4 million salary cap credit.

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  Bengals | Cedric Ogbuehi in line to start    Mon Apr 25, 11:20 PM

Cincinnati Bengals OT Cedric Ogbuehi appears to be in line to start at right tackle. 'He'll be one of the five,' offensive line coach Paul Alexander indicated Monday, April 25. 'He's got rare quickness and athleticism and he's got ideal physical, athletic and competitive traits. He's the real deal, the real package.'

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  Bengals | Michael Johnson was injured last year     Mon Apr 25, 03:15 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson (back) was hampered by a back issue much of last season. He's feeling healthy now, though.

Footballguys view: That explains a lot. Last year, Johnson entered the season with knee problems but it was this back issue that kept his production down. That's two years in a row with disappointing numbers. We'll see if a healthy Johnson can get back on track in 2016.

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  Bengals | Andy Dalton talks up Josh Doctson    Sun Apr 24, 09:43 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton said he worked out with TCU WR Josh Doctson and believes Doctson will be successful for any team that drafts him.

Footballguys view: Horned Frogs have to stick up for each other, right? Dalton should be praising Doctson as he's one of the best WRs in this draft class. We like Doctson's ability to carry a passing game. If there's such a thing as a "bellcow WR" then Docston is it. He can be heavily targeted, and he responds positively to a heavy workload. Doctson can make contested catches seem routine, and he's got an incredible nose for the end zone. He should be a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

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  Bengals | Tyler Kroft to be used more?    Sat Apr 23, 03:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft could be more of a receiving threat in 2016 as the Bengals try to break in WR Brandon LaFell and possible rookie wide receivers, in the opinion of Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

Footballguys view: The Bengals are hurting after losing both Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamded Sanu (Falcons) in free agency. We think star TE Tyler Eifert certainly gets a larger role, but we're not so sure about Kroft. He's big and athletic, playing like a super-sized WR with ferocity as a blocker. Kroft needs to prove that he can consistently catch with his hands and be more effective on routes over the middle if he wants a larger role as a receiver in 2016.

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