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

Apr 20, 04:42 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he's not in a hurry to get a new deal done, even though he's in the final year of his current contract. 'I'll just focus on football, and everything else will take care of itself.'
Apr 12, 07:02 AM Free-agent QB Jason Campbell (Bengals) is considering retirement, according to sources close to the team. Campbell has rejected multiple opportunities to sign a contract for 2015, including offers from the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.
Apr 09, 03:32 PM Free-agent RB Cedric Peerman (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, April 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 09, 01:42 PM Free-agent RB Cedric Peerman (Bengals) is expected to re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, April 9, according to sources.
Apr 08, 03:43 PM Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur officially re-signed Wednesday, April 8, to a one-year, $2.356 million deal.
Apr 08, 12:13 PM Free-agent RB Cedric Peerman (Bengals) recently met with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source.
Apr 06, 10:12 PM Free-agent WR Denarius Moore (Raiders) is signing a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, April 6, according to a source. He will be reunited with former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who was the head coach in Moore's rookie season of 2011.
Apr 06, 01:42 PM Free-agent WR Denarius Moore (Raiders) will sign a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, April 6, according to a source.
Apr 02, 02:02 PM Free-agent WR Denarius Moore (Raiders) is meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, April 2, according to a source.
Apr 01, 02:23 PM Free-agent WR Brandon Tate (Bengals) re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mar 27, 02:22 AM Cincinnati Bengals DT Pat Sims has signed a one-year, minimum salary benefit deal with the team. Because he has played seven seasons, Sims' deal will be worth $870,000.
Mar 26, 04:22 PM Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 26.
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.

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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