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

Mar 24, 05:32 PM Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will not have competition at the quarterback position heading into the 2015 season, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. 'We feel Andy Dalton's our quarterback, yes we do,' Lewis said. 'It's a different era than when Steve and Joe were there.' Lewis said that the team is committed to Dalton long term after just signing him to an extension.
Mar 23, 05:32 PM Free-agent QB Tyler Wilson (Bengals) showed off the strongest arm at the veteran combine over the weekend. Wilson said he's had 'a lot of contact with a number of teams.'
Mar 23, 07:42 AM Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) has some interest from his old team, as the Cincinnati Bengals have expressed a desire to bring Sims back. Sims played in Cincinnati for five years before he signed with Oakland in 2013.
Mar 21, 02:32 PM Free-agent QB Jason Campbell and RB Cedric Peerman could re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.
Mar 21, 02:32 PM Free-agent QB Jason Campbell and RB Cedric Peerman could re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.
Mar 19, 10:52 AM Free-agent CB Brandon Ghee (Chargers) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on an undisclosed contract Thursday, March 19.
Mar 19, 10:42 AM Free-agent DT Devon Still (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, March 19, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus. Terms were not disclosed.
Mar 18, 07:53 PM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (back) has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back, according to a source. He will undergo surgery Thursday, March 19.

Fantasy Impact: This won't help his chances to find a new team.
Mar 17, 03:53 PM Former Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) may have surgery Thursday, March 19, to repair a back injury. Gresham will meet with a doctor Wednesday, March 18. He will be ready for the start of training camp.
Mar 15, 11:13 AM Free-agent DE Michael Johnson (Buccaneers) has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good signing for the Bengals, getting a top defensive end for an already good defensive line.
Mar 14, 11:33 AM Free-agent DE Michael Johnson (Buccaneers) is scheduled to meet with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source. Johnson is expected to decide who to sign with after his meeting with the Bengals.
Mar 13, 02:53 PM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) had contract talks with the Oakland Raiders, but those talks appear to be dead at this point, according to sources.
Mar 12, 12:23 PM Free-agent DE Michael Johnson (Buccaneers) will have his first visit with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.
Mar 11, 06:03 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson was officially released Wednesday, March 11, a year after signing a five-year, $43.8 million deal. He will collect $7 million in guarantees in 2015, but the release saves the Bucs $2 million in salary cap space.
Mar 11, 04:13 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson will be released Wednesday, March 11.
Mar 11, 12:23 PM Free-agent OG Clint Boling (Bengals) has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals on a five-year deal worth $26 million, according to a source.

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 13 1:00PM     at Baltimore
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Atlanta
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Tennessee
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 11 8:30PM     at New England
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Carolina
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Baltimore
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Jacksonville
10     Nov 12 8:25PM     Cleveland
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     at New Orleans
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Houston
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Cleveland
16     Dec 28 8:30PM     Denver
17     Jan 3 8:30PM     at Pittsburgh
18     Jan 10 1:05PM     at Indianapolis
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