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

Jan 29, 07:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith (triceps) is progressing with his triceps injury he suffered in Week 12, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Jan 29, 07:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) is progressing, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Eifert recently said he didn't think he'd be 100% by the time minicamp starts.
Jan 29, 07:32 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) is progressing well, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jones is recovering from a broken foot he suffered last season.
Jan 28, 05:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, a soon-to-be free agent, still has a place within the offense, according to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. 'We have a way that we do things, and how we want to accomplish things,' Jackson said. 'Within what we asked him to do this year, he did some good things. There are some things he knows he needs to do to be better, and he will work at them to be better.'
Jan 27, 08:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton still has offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in his corner, despite Dalton's lackluster performance in 2014 and in the Pro Bowl.
Jan 26, 12:23 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon who operated on him is hoping that he will be at full strength in time for training camp. 'I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was,' Dr. Neal ElAttrache said. 'Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out.' Burfict is expected to heal rapidly since his knee was in good shape structurally. He'll be on crutches for six weeks before he can start conditioning his knee, and he'll be able to run after three months.
Jan 23, 05:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals DE Sam Montgomery was signed to a Reserve/Future contract Friday, Jan. 23.
Jan 21, 09:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has the support of his head coach Marvin Lewis. The head coach said Wednesday, Jan. 21, that he is happy with Dalton, and the club has no plans to bring in a backup quarterback to push Dalton. 'Fortunately, somehow I've got the right little thing on my shoulder that says, 'Don't get into a quarterback controversy',' Lewis said. 'That's worked for (QB Jon Kitna) to (QB Carson Palmer) to Andy. It's helped us have the success we've had and those guys have been good players, productive players. Even when they've left out of here they've been productive. It works.'
Jan 21, 09:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has had knee surgery, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 21. While there has been concern Burfict might have to begin the 2015 season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list and miss the first six weeks, Lewis said the plan is he'll be back for the season.
Jan 15, 02:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is not expected to enter next season with competition at quarterback, as the Bengals are not expected to draft another quarterback this year. "He's our guy and we're not going to shy away from that," says offensive coordinator Hue Jackson of Dalton and quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese offers, "He was better with the intangibles this year and the ball was better coming out of his hand. You could see that right away when he came back from the last offseason." Jackson is a fan of backup QB Jason Campbell, and the team was impressed with young QB A.J. McCarron.
Jan 15, 02:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is not expected to enter next season with competition at quarterback, as the Bengals are not expected to draft another quarterback this year. "He's our guy and we're not going to shy away from that," says offensive coordinator Hue Jackson of Dalton and quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese offers, "He was better with the intangibles this year and the ball was better coming out of his hand. You could see that right away when he came back from the last offseason." Jackson is a fan of backup QB Jason Campbell, and the team was impressed with young QB A.J. McCarron.
Jan 15, 02:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is not expected to enter next season with competition at quarterback, as the Bengals are not expected to draft another quarterback this year. "He's our guy and we're not going to shy away from that," says offensive coordinator Hue Jackson of Dalton and quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese offers, "He was better with the intangibles this year and the ball was better coming out of his hand. You could see that right away when he came back from the last offseason." Jackson is a fan of backup QB Jason Campbell, and the team was impressed with young QB A.J. McCarron.
Jan 09, 05:22 PM The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed exclusive rights free-agent TE Kevin Brock Friday, Jan. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jan 07, 03:03 PM Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent OG Clint Boling said he would like to re-sign with the Bengals but is curious as to what his value would be in free agency.
Jan 07, 07:23 AM A league score indicates the Cincinnati Bengals signed SS Shiloh Keo on Tuesday, Jan. 6. No terms of the deal were disclosed, but it is likely a Reserve/Futures contract.
Jan 07, 12:33 AM It appears impending free-agent CB Terence Newman is unlikely to return to the Cincinnati Bengals, according to beat writer Geoff Hobson, leaving CBs Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones to battle for his starting job.

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  25 Tevin ReeseWR
 # 7  37 Lavelle WestbrooksDB
 Undrafted Ryan HewittRB

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 8:30PM     at Pittsburgh
18     Jan 4 1:05PM     at Indianapolis
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