With Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert shelved for anywhere from zero to the first couple of games of the season (no one is saying anything about him starting the season on the physically unable to perform list), Kroft is quietly solid. As he was when he made his first NFL starts in the biggest games of the year and delivered.
The Bengals held their first practice of training camp Friday, but they really won’t begin to practice until they put on the pads Monday. So it was left for wide receivers like rookie Tyler Boyd to get timed up.
Eifert had surgery back in late May and the three-month prognosis makes him very iffy for the Sept. 11 opener against the Jets. On Friday he wouldn’t rule himself out and said his rehab is going well enough that the boot comes off next week. But he wouldn’t commit to a timeline.
As left tackle Andrew Whitworth mused Thursday on the 11th reporting day of his career, the difference between his rookie training camp at Kentucky’s Georgetown College and the one last year at homey Paul Brown Stadium? Night and day. With a 12-5 September record since 2011, take a bow Marvin Lewis.
The Bengals reported to Paul Brown Stadium Thursday and as five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green began his sixth training camp he says he’s one of a group of about five vying to replace Calvin Johnson as the NFL’s best wide receiver ... They signed vet safety Jimmy Wilson, who knows the defense from days with Kevin Coyle ... Vontaze Burfict went on the non-football injury list, but it's not believed serious ...
When the weekend clears and training camp is underway, the Bengals expect one of their all-time greats to appear at Monday’s practice and begin working for a few days with the next right tackle. Willie Anderson briefly takes Cedric Ogbuehi under his wing like Joe Walter took Anderson 20 years ago.
Mike Brown is the last guy to take himself seriously. He said so Tuesday, one of those rare days he talks to the media. But with Brown set to turn 81 next month in his franchise’s 49th season, it looks finally to be time to take him as seriously as any NFL owner should be taken.
Mike Brown hosted Tuesday's annual media luncheon that opens training camp and while he praised Vontaze Burfict and wondered about his three-game suspension, Marvin Lewis gave a ringing endorsement of new right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. Meanwhile, Darrin Simmons is hosting a casting call at punt return.
Dan McSurley, whose 185-50 record as head football coach at Clinton-Massie High School includes two Ohio state championships, today is named as the 2015 season winner of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award.
“They’re a model of how you should do it. That’s the best way to go,” says one long-time NFL personnel guru now working in the NFC of the Bengals’ homegrown approach that is put on display when training camp opens Friday.
After taking a look at their young safeties and linebackers in the spring workouts, the Bengals ended the Taylor Mays Re-Boot Saturday when they released the seven-year veteran.
A look at the final push into training camp: Bengals jack-of-all-trades linebacker Vincent Rey, who is close to shedding 20 pounds on “The Caveman Diet,” of meat, vegetables, and fruit, has jotted the evolution in his green composition notebook. That consists of documenting every morsel he’s eaten since the Bengals started spring practice in late May.
Rookie defensive tackle Andrew Billings is putting up so much weight in a Cincinnati gym getting ready for training camp next week that they put a limit on him.
Training camp opens a week from Friday and the readers can't wait. One of the leading topics heading in is the roster joust at wide receiver as rookies like Cody Core try to get a foothold.
The Bengals are now one under the 90-player limit and are down to eight cornerbacks there are no indications they are on the verge of making an addition.
Everyone wants a list. Here is our offering of top five plays from 2015. In order to qualify, the play has to have two requirements. Obviously, it has to have a decisive voice in the game. But the play also has to have significant ramifications for how the Bengals must respond to the challenges of 2016.
If numbers don’t lie, then the 2016 NFL Record and Fact Book takes the stand and testifies that defense has been at the heart of the Bengals’ resurgence into the NFL’s tight circle of consistent winners during the last decade.
Alford spent most of last season on the practice squad, seeing action in one game and making a 15-yard reception at Cleveland. During the Bengals’ OTAs and minicamp, he showed flashes of his big-play potential.
Iloka is entering his fifth NFL season and the long-term contract extension was a definitive statement that the Bengals view him as a defensive cornerstone in their efforts to win a championship.
Now that Gilberry has signed with Detroit as a free agent, Margus Hunt and Will Clarke are the most obvious candidates to get a bump in playing time.
The 24-year-old flashed enough potential during training camp and practice last year to give the Bengals hope that he can make the jump from D-III to the NFL.
The “City of Prayer,” hasn’t had many answered since the coal industry imploded three decades ago, shattering dreams and lives, not to mention the tax base. But Bengals rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd helped his city find some old glory while the town kept him on track to the NFL.
With all but the final ten of the NFL Network’s top 100 players left to be announced, the players showed just how good they thought the Bengals and eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos were in the battle for the AFC’s top seed. The rankings set the table nicely for the Sept. 25 Paul Brown Stadium regular-season opener.
The readers want to know. Why Brandon LaFell over Anquan Boldin? And which newcomers make the biggest surprise impacts in 2016? We come up with a rookie on offense and a sophomore on defense.
On the occasion of his sixth annual football strength clinic, former long-time Bengals strength coach Kim Wood remembers how the best players he coached, "Ran on their own gas."
When Andy Dalton was recently named the league’s 35th-best player in a survey of his peers, it was evidence that his stellar play in 2015 resulted in increased respect for the Bengals quarterback throughout the NFL.
Bengals Training Camp, presented by Fifth Third Bank, kicks off for the fifth year at Paul Brown Stadium, with numerous practices free to the public.
Jones not only wanted a free camp, he wanted one without pre-registration. He didn’t want to cut it off, either, but he set the number at 400. He wanted as many kids from as many parts of the city.
This is one of the reasons why Andrew Whitworth keeps playing. He still enjoys the guys, the locker room, the very game of football. And it's why he has yet to make a decision about playing beyond 2016.
Fans filled the West Club Lounge at Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday to mix and mingle with members of the Cincinnati Bengals and help tackle hunger.
Brandon LaFell’s observations, imported from the New England colonies of Belichickshire and Bradychusetts, cap a heady week for Andy Dalton during the mandatory minicamp in the last belch of fantasy football until it starts for real in five weeks.
Tuesday is the first day of Bengals mandatory minicamp and linebackers coach Jim Haslett is going to be the old former player and head coach acting like a kid out there as the veteran of five NFL decades loving the 21st century challenge. The player he says that reminds him of him? Vontaze Burfict.
The Bengals end their voluntary spring workouts this week with practices Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We take a look at how they're trying to expand their rotation on one of the league's best defensive lines, as well as competition at some of the other spots...
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.