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

Dec 19, 11:22 AM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (illness) is participating in practice Friday, Dec. 19.
Dec 19, 11:12 AM The Atlanta Falcons worked out free-agent CB Lavelle Westbrooks (Bengals) Thursday, Dec. 18.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:52 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), OG Mike Pollak (knee) and WR James Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles') were limited. DE Margus Hunt (ankle) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were full participants.
Dec 18, 06:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (toe) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Dec 18, 03:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, due to an illness.
Dec 15, 08:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (toe) will visit a specialist Tuesday, Dec. 16, for a second opinion on his injured toe, a source told FOX Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo.
Dec 14, 05:12 PM Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill carried 25 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns. He also added a reception for four yards.

Fantasy Impact: Hill showed his worth as a starting back for the Bengals. He should continue to start and get more of the carries at running back going forward.
Dec 14, 03:22 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the team's Week 15 game and is considered doubtful to return.
Dec 14, 02:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the first half of the team's Week 15 game.
Dec 14, 12:02 PM Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (toe) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 14.

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 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
18     Jan 4 1:05PM     San Diego
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