With game-breaking Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert scheduled for an ankle surgery Wednesday that puts his availability for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener in murky waters, quarterback Andy Dalton is looking at the biggest challenge of his career as they scramble to replace three of their top five receivers from last year. He likes the look of their 2015 Rookie of the Year Tyler Kroft.
You know the professional hitter who can roll out of a snowbank in January and hit .300 with five dingers in spring training? Meet the NFL equivalent in A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, who lit up Tuesday's first day of spring practice. And with news Tyler Eifert is out three months, they'll have to carry this offense even more.
The Bengals open OTAs Tuesday and all eyes are on guys like new veterans Brandon LaFell and draft picks like Nick Vigil. Andy Dalton says it seems like LaFell has been around forever and Vontaze Burfict likes Vigil enough to give him a Pro Bowl nickname.