His fellow wide receivers feel good now that Marvin Jones is back after missing last season. Mohamed Sanu calls him their “spark.” And the numbers say Bengaldom should be glad he’s back. They are 7-1 when Jones scores a TD. But the biggest thing after “a lot of low points,” is that Jones thinks he’s back.
The Bengals got down to 75 players Tuesday morning when they moved three injured players off the roster, led by first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi.
Maybe you do need a Dartmouth graduate as well as a communications major from Fresno State who leads the NFL in internships and carries a briefcase to the linebackers room to help figure out this roster cut-down business.
Shawn Williams emerged in a new position Saturday night . . . Dalton says neck fine . . .Dawson made one play vs. Bears that had Matt Burke talking about those instincts . . .
There may be no periods in AJ McCarron’s first name, but he supplied Saturday night's exclamation points. The poise and enthusiasm the Bengals have raved about all preseason were all on display in a 21-10 pre-season win over the Bears. His 31-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones marked his first as a pro.
The next time we see them, they’ll be in the Black Hole in Oakland. And the Bengals’ first teamers dug themselves out of Monday night’s black hole in Tampa with a thorough exhibition on both sides of the ball in Saturday night’s 21-10 pre-season victory over the Bears at Paul Brown Stadium. "This is the team we think we are," said Andrew Whitworth.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said if it had been the regular season, he would have stayed in Saturday night’s game. But since it was the third pre-season game and his neck had just awkwardly turned under about two tons of humanity at the goal line on his fourth-and-one touchdown sneak, the Bengals gave him the rest of the night off in the 21-10 victory over the Bears.
Quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a neck injury Saturday night, apparently when he converted a fourth-and-one from the half-yard line to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead over the Bears with 4:17 left in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on the way to Cincinnati’s 21-10 victory.
It may be the preseason, but the readers are offering regular-season heat . . .Where do the receivers stand? Brandon Tate has that veteran reliability the coaches covet, but will they look elsewhere?
The Bengals tee it up for the third pre-season game Saturday (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) and while the starters/regulars are expected to play for the longest and last time before the opener, The Undrafteds quietly keep churning for a spot on the 53-man roster or the 10-man practice squad. In a world where privacy has been stripped bare, The Undrafteds have almost refreshing anonymity. And the Bengals have become a destination point for them.
Good friends Marvin Lewis and John Fox have met five times during the regular season as NFL head coaches and on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium they hook up in the preseason.
Barrett Jones, AJ McCarron’s center at Alabama, can famously vouch for his competitive streak. The Bengals have put that streak on the line in an NFL backup QB derby that has no set formula. They're giving the edge to youth on a youth with an edge.
Hue Jackson did his best Bill Belichick after Wednesday’s practice and announced, “On to Chicago.” It was more Grudenesque because it ended a six-minute analysis of how the Bengals can get better on offense after Monday night.
Running back Jeremy Hill had one word for Wednesday morning’s meeting, the Bengals’ first gathering for the first time since the 25-11 loss in Tampa Monday night in their second pre-season game.
In a move that had been widely anticipated in the next 10 days, the Bengals on Tuesday terminated the contract of veteran Josh Johnson to set up a final 53-man roster of two quarterbacks.
TAMPA - After Monday night’s 25-11 loss to the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, the Bengals’ No. 1 offense was left to ponder the difference of 10 days.
Amid a spate of injuries on the backup offensive line, Dan France is making a strong bid for a roster spot as coach Paul Alexander seeks depth. France gets another chance Monday (8 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 5 and ESPN).
Chuck Smith, a second-story man who slithered into the NFL elite in the ‘90s, is urging the Bengals defensive linemen and linebackers to rob, steal, and heist their way into the game. One student, Chris Carter, is trying to steal his way on to the roster as a pass rusher.
The last public practice of Bengals training camp on Thursday saw A.J. Green and Andy Dalton connect for some fireworks . . .Tyler Eifert's leaping try for a pass provided a scare . . .Russell Bodine assures snaps won't be a problem when it counts . . .
Two plays. They are as much about coaching as well as playing and provide a snapshot of what makes the Bengals a contender. They show the trust Adam Jones has developed with coaches on the field and in the weight room.
The dog days of training camp and the Bengals are looking for bodies at the busiest positions. And on Wednesday they went out and got one fresh body out of the gym in undrafted rookie wide receiver Michael Bennett.
You look at what Andy Dalton has done in the last 72 hours or so and you wonder what more the franchise quarterback can do in his efforts to go five-for-five and lead the Bengals to their fifth straight playoff appearance.
It’s been 15 days since Johnson went down in a sickening heap during the first 9-on-7 contact of the season. Although there has been no official announcement by the Bengals.
Tight ends playing wide receiver. Fullbacks playing tight end. Running backs playing receiver. Tackles playing tight end. When Andy Dalton is dueling this season with Big Ben or Joe Cool or Super Bowl Russell Wilson, he’ll have a Gang of options led by that masked man Rex Burkhead, a running back in disguise.
The Bengals’ numbing line rotation that characterized their top ten defenses of 2012 and 2013 returned in style Friday night during the 23-10 victory over the Giants at Paul Brown Stadium.
This is what you’ve been waiting for since that demolition derby in Indianapolis back in January in the Wild Card Game. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wrote the script and on Friday he got a Broadway performance by the first team in the 23-10 win over the Giants.
In what was arguably the fastest and crispest a Marvin Lewis team has ever come out for a pre-season opener, the Bengals jumped out to a 10-0 lead over the Giants in the first nine minutes Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium on their way to a fairly complete 23-10 victory.
When Friday’s pre-season opener at Paul Brown Stadium (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) gets underway against the Giants, the Bengals hope it shows their depth is in better shape than many when it comes to talent.
More than $20 million of improvements to Paul Brown Stadium will be on display and enjoyed by fans at tomorrow night’s Bengals preseason opener against the New York Giants.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones, the X factor in offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s formula, had the best day of his comeback from last year’s foot miseries that cost him all of the 2014 season when he and the Bengals operated in high gear Wednesday during the final joint practice with the Giants.
Zeitler’s diligence was on display on Tuesday at the only Bengals’ practice this week that was open to reporters. After the team finished practicing, the 25-year-old stayed on the field with Alexander for nearly 30 minutes to do additional drills.