2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bengals had a great season last year but struggled in the playoffs once again. They need to take that next step during the postseason. Could this be the year? Much of it will depend on Andy Dalton, who has struggled with his playoff chances. A move to a more run-first approach might be a good thing for Dalton, taking a little of the pressure off of him. The Bengals have an elite defense that can shut down the opposition and keep them in almost any game. This will be a very good team once again that could take a step forward in the playoffs this season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Giovani Bernard moves into the starting lineup his second season in the league. He had a very good rookie season but lost plenty of touches to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That won't be the case this season but he will have Jeremy Hill to contend with for carries but Bernard should get more work than last season. Bernard is a complete back that does well as a runner and receiver. He lacks some size but has explosion and big-game ability. We expect plenty of big games from him this season and huge yardage numbers.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Jermaine Gresham saw his numbers dip last season and another dip wouldn't be a surprise with Tyler Eifert emerging as the big-play target at tight end for the Bengals. Gresham just doesn't bring much to the table anymore. He'll get some catches but his yards aren't very good and he has never been much of a red-zone threat. Gresham is no longer fantasy relevant in his current situation. Eifert is the tight end to own in Cincinnati.

Team Notes

Jul 23, 07:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Christo Bilukidi (illness) was placed on the non-football illness list Wednesday, July 23.
Jul 23, 05:23 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.
Jul 22, 04:03 PM The Cincinnati Bengals placed OL Mike Pollak (knee) on the team's physically unable to perform list Tuesday, July 22.
Jul 22, 02:23 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles') is likely to practice Thursday, July 24, if there are no setbacks in the team's conditioning test Wednesday, July 23.
Jul 22, 10:33 AM Cincinnati Bengals FS George Iloka has a firm grip on the starting free safety job, but he could use some improved tackling skills.
Jul 21, 07:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), WR Marvin Jones (ankle) and CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) have been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
Jul 21, 07:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring) have been placed on the Physically Unable to perform list.
Jul 21, 05:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) and CB Leon Hall (Achilles') will begin training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list.
Jul 21, 10:44 AM Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill could split carries with RB Giovani Bernard this upcoming season and receive over 200 carries, in the opinion of Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson.

Fantasy Impact: That seems like an awful lot of work but we'll see. Hill certainly has some upside for the coming season.
Jul 18, 09:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) could sit out practice early in training camp, because he is recovering from offseason hernia surgery.
Jul 18, 09:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR Dane Sanzenbacher could be used as a kick or punt returner if needed this upcoming season.
Jul 18, 09:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones is expected to be the team's primary punt returner this upcoming season.
Jul 17, 02:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton should receive a contract extension before the start of the regular season, according to WR A.J. Green. Green said he believes the team knows Dalton is the quarterback to take them into the future.
Jul 17, 02:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he is not worried about a contract extension, because the team picked up his 2015 option. 'I think I'm on the backburner just because of the option. That's fine with me,' Green said. 'I don't even look at it like that. I just go out there and play and my time will come. It's not surprising. Teams always want to wait. I'm fine with my option and my $10 million. I'll take it.'
Jul 17, 09:52 AM Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth could see a game or two at offensive guard if OG Clint Boling (knee) isn't ready for the season.
Jul 16, 02:23 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp even though he missed offseason workouts because of a shoulder injury.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jason Campbell, QB; Danieal Manning, S. 

Losses:
Michael Johnson, DE; Anthony Collins, OT. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  24 Darqueze DennardDB
 # 2  23 Jeremy HillRB
 # 3  24 Will ClarkeDL
 # 4  11 Russell BodineOL
 # 5  24 A.J. McCarronQB
 # 6  36 Marquis FlowersLB
 # 7  24 James WrightWR
 # 7  37 Lavelle WestbrooksDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Baltimore
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     Atlanta
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Tennessee
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 8:30PM     at New England
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Carolina
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Baltimore
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Jacksonville
10     Nov 6 8:25PM     Cleveland
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at New Orleans
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Houston
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Cleveland
16     Dec 22 8:30PM     Denver
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
18     Jan 4 1:05PM     San Diego
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