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

Outlook

The Bengals have been a fixture in the playoffs the last few seasons. We donā??t see a change in that this season. The defense is a top-five unit and the offense does enough to get this team plenty of wins. Expect more of the same this year. But until the Bengals get better play at quarterback during the playoffs, this team wonā??t do much in the postseason. It could be a make or break year for a lot of people on this team as the franchise wants more during the playoffs this year.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Jeremy Hill had a big rookie season, emerging as the starter for the Bengals. But remember, he didnā??t start from day one last year, so his numbers can improve from last year. Hill will be the starter in this run-first offense, giving him plenty of touches on a weekly basis. He has a chance to be an elite fantasy back this season. The only thing holding him back from even bigger numbers is below average reception totals at running back. Until he improves those reception totals, Hill will be just outside that elite group of fantasy backs.
FANTASY DUD
You pretty much know what to expect from quarterback Andy Dalton at this point of his career. Heā??ll give you some big games but disappear in others. He is a tough player to count on for fantasy teams, so donā??t expect a sudden change this year. The Bengals still lack a top No. 2 receiver and play more of a run-first offense. This hurts Daltonā??s overall numbers. Plus, Dalton seems to be on the hot seat to produce better this year, especially in the playoffs. This could result in him pressing a little more and making more mistakes. Please donā??t count on Dalton to be anything more than a No. 2 for fantasy teams.

Team Notes

Apr 25, 11:23 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.'
Apr 25, 03:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson (back) was hampered by a back issue much of last season. He's feeling healthy now, though.
Apr 24, 09:53 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.
Apr 23, 03:43 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 www.bengals.com.
Apr 18, 10:13 AM Free-agent SS Shiloh Keo (Broncos) re-signed with the Denver Broncos on a one-year deal Monday, April 18.
Apr 15, 07:03 PM Free-agent SS Shiloh Keo (Broncos) is expected to re-sign with the Denver Broncos when the players report for offseason workouts Monday, April 18.
Apr 15, 02:23 PM Free-agent FS Taylor Mays (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Friday, April 15.
Apr 14, 11:13 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has exceeded all expectations, according to head coach Marvin Lewis, and beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. believes the Bengals will try to sign Eifert to a long-term extension in September of 2017.
Apr 13, 03:13 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's option was exercised Wednesday, April 13. He will remain with the Bengals through 2017.
Apr 12, 05:53 PM Former Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (back) underwent surgery on his back this offseason to repair a disc injury that required epidurals late in the year. Despite the surgery, Hall has been heavily recruited by the Miami Dolphins and Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Hall's former secondary coach with the Bengals. Neither side has been able to agree on financial terms, though.
Apr 08, 06:23 PM Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has received a contract extension that will run through the 2017 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 05, 12:53 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) is throwing the ball again and has no restrictions with his thumb, and he has visited with passing specialist Tom House once already this offseason. Dalton isn't worried about the loss of WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency this year.
Apr 02, 10:13 AM Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) and Antonio Cromartie (Jets) are still options for the Miami Dolphins if they want to sign a veteran cornerback.
Apr 01, 09:43 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell said his desire to be able to play at a high level after battling injuries in 2015 has been motivation to work hard this offseason.
Mar 31, 04:13 PM Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell's deal is one year in length and has a base value of $2.5 million, including a $1 million signing bonus. He can earn an extra $500,000 for catches, too.
Mar 30, 08:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell likely will spend most of his time as a slot receiver during the 2016 season.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Brandon Ghee, SS; A.J. Hawk, LB; Josh Johnson, QB; Michael Johnson, DE; Denarius Moore, WR; Pat Sims, DT. 

Losses:
Taylor Mays, FS; Terence Newman, CB. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  24 William JacksonDB
 # 2  55 Tyler BoydWR
 # 3  87 Nick VigilLB
 # 4  122 Andrew BillingsDL
 # 5  161 Christian WestermanOL
 # 6  199 Cody CoreWR
 # 7  245 Clayton FejedelemDB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at New York Jets
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     Denver
4     Sep 29 8:25PM     Miami
5     Oct 9 4:25PM     at Dallas
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     at New England
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     Cleveland
8     Oct 30 9:30AM     Washington
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 14 8:30PM     at New York Giants
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     Buffalo
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     at Baltimore
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     Philadelphia
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Cleveland
15     Dec 18 8:30PM     Pittsburgh
16     Dec 24 8:25PM     at Houston
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     Baltimore
18     Jan 7 8:15PM     Pittsburgh
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