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.
The Marvin Lewis Golf Classic is a destination point for Bengals alumni north and south and here are a few notes on a napkin from Saturday night’s V.I.P. bash and Sunday’s post-round gathering under the tent at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio
A look at the winners of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s $20,000 college scholarships to be awarded at Sunday’s Marvin Lewis Golf Classic at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio
If the Marvin Lewis Community Fund is one of Cincinnati’s treasures, and it is, then this weekend is home to one of the city’s annual crown jewels and Lewis sits down in a Hobson’s Choice podcast to reflect on what it all means to him.
Shawn Williams is a lot like his defense, the one that produced the best Bengals scoring defense of all-time last year. A no-frills-all-business-down-home-versatile guy that keeps "football football and everything else everything else."
The Bengals locked up the middle of their defense for the next five years Tuesday when they announced a four-year extension for safety Shawn Williams.
The Bengals waived undrafted rookie quarterback Matt Johnson and replaced him with another when the University of Buffalo’s Joe Licata had a successful tryout Monday.
The Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation teamed up to contribute $200,000 to the Deer Park Community City Schools athletic department, topping off a fundraising effort that now has raised $700,000.
This is why Hailee Raffensperger wore a No. 77 jersey even before she served the two dozen kids from Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School headed to their prom this past weekend.
With this interview with Bengals veteran right end Michael Johnson, we begin to offer a podcast as another feature for Bengals.com to go along with a readers’ mailbag.
The Bengals made an in-and-out signing Wednesday when they replaced one young free agent tackle (Ohio State’s Darryl Baldwin) with another (Louisville’s Aaron Epps) to stay at the roster limit of 90.
This is what you didn’t see ten days ago after Carlos Dunlap flipped his University of Florida cap into the air and then called the name of Nick Vigil as the Bengals’ third-round pick at the NFL Draft in Chicago.
Usually the business of trying to get better in the NFL is a silent, dreary, anonymous hum of work behind the scenes. But Monday was one of those days people noticed. That happens when you work out a former first-round pick and sign a kicker who has been at it for just two years. Call it due diligence.
The Bengals signed four try-out players on Sunday on the final day of rookie minicamp, giving them a rookie class of 24 players. A total of 17 are undrafted with the rest selected in last weekend’s draft.
If the Bengals hadn’t bench-pressed Baylor behemoth Andrew Billings out of the fourth round, we’d have spent the last week talking about how they dead-lifted Arizona State titan Christian Westerman from the fifth. At the Bengals rookie minicamp he and the rest of the guards are getting a lot of first snaps ever, along with rookie quarterback Matt Johnson.
While Nick Vigil's rat tail met its fate just before the NFL Combine, the characteristics that made him a Bengals' third-round pick have shown up at this weekend’s rookie minicamp. Head coach Marvin Lewis is impressed.
Defensive tackle DeShawn Williams and defensive line coach Jacob Burney are two guys that don’t have to impress rookies. But they did anyway at this weekend’s Bengals rookie minicamp.
Barely did a ball drop on Opening Day as second-round pick Tyler Boyd flashed NFL quickness and sixth-round pick Cody Core maneuvered his NFL body and NFL hands about the Bengals rookie minicamp Friday.
They gave Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson the Sammy Baugh Award for being the best passer in college football last year, but he wasn’t very surprised that no NFL team called and he ended up in Bengals rookie minicamp undrafted.
Led by the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and one of that league’s most dangerous receivers, the Bengals unveiled their college free agent class Friday morning.
Sixth-round pick Cody Core first saw the Bengals when he was a little guy. Hometown running back Rudi Johnson's punishing style appealed to him and he hopes to bring it with him to Paul Brown Stadium.
Before the Bengals drafted Andrew Billings, the Waco Weigh Station, he had already heard about two of their defensive tackles. The story about Pro Bowler Geno Atkins helped ease his concerns about slipping to the fourth round and he was aware how well former Bengal Devon Still wore No. 75 during his daughter’s heroic conquest of cancer.
After working with him back in March, Kevin Greene, all 245 Hall of Fame pounds of him, all passionate pop and vintage verve and 160 high-engine sacks, has never seen anyone like Margus Hunt.
Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones, a budding college scout who covers more ground than his punt returns, is in the wings if the personnel department needs him. On Monday he praised the Bengals draft room for the selection of Houston cornerback William Jackson at No. 24, declaring him a better prospect than the draft’s No. 1 corner.
The call came for Darius Hillary in the lightning round, the half hour or so of madness right after the draft, otherwise known as college free agency. The flash could end in a father-son Bengals combo.
Duke Tobin loves doubles. The homers are great, like A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. But Tobin knows this five-year run in which the Bengals have the fifth best record in the NFL has been built by solid and sober decisions in a draft room chaired by Bengals president Mike Brown and powered by grades.
The Bengals rounded out their 2016 draft class with a pair of productive college players with plenty of NFL upside: wide receiver Cody Core of Ole Miss and safety Clayton Fejedelem of Illinois.
Tyler Boyd grew up cheering for Hines Ward and worked out with Marvin Jones. But he watches A.J. Green. As he walked through the Bengals locker room Saturday a day after the Bengals basically put him in their Opening Day lineup in the slot with a second-round pick, he clearly had an idea of the power structure at his new team.
Last April, despite being named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Utah State linebacker Zach Vigil was not selected in the NFL draft. He eventually signed as a free agent with Miami and played in all 16 games as a rookie. This year when it was clear that Zach’s younger brother and former college teammate Nick was likely to be selected, their father wanted to throw a party on the second night of the draft.
Forget about the bench press, 40-yard dash, and three cone drill. When it comes to evaluating offensive line prospects, Bengals coach Paul Alexander has a unique “toughness test.” And his fifth-rounder passed with flying colors.
As he packed up his locker on Monday, AJ McCarron wore an Alabama sweatshirt and hat. He was obviously looking forward to seeing if his alma mater would beat Clemson later that night for college football’s national championship.