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 27, 11:02 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, July 27, because of an apparent hamstring injury. The injury is not expected to keep him out for long.
Jul 26, 03:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Devon Still (back) has been cleared to practice. Still was listed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.
Jul 25, 08:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals C Mike Pollak (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list after he passed his physical Friday, July 25.
Jul 24, 11:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder) said the shoulder injury he had during the offseason workouts has completely healed.
Jul 24, 11:12 PM Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24, because of a calf strain.
Jul 24, 11:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals OG Clint Boling (knee) worked with the first-team offense at left guard during practice Thursday, July 24.
Jul 24, 07:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Christo Bilukidi (illness) passed his physical and was activated from the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.
Jul 24, 07:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) passed his physical and was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.
Jul 24, 07:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles'), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring) and OG Clint Boling (knee) all passed their physicals and were activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.
Jul 24, 05:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 24, 05:52 PM The Cincinnati Bengals claimed free-agent WR Conner Vernon (Browns) off waivers. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Jul 24, 03:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.
Jul 23, 07:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals DT Christo Bilukidi (illness) was placed on the non-football illness list Wednesday, July 23.
Jul 23, 06:23 PM The Cleveland Browns placed CB Royce Adams, LB Brandon Magee and WR Conner Vernon on the no-recall waivers 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.

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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