The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.
The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.
Now that the 12th annual Marvin Lewis Golf Classic on Sunday has been around longer than his most senior players, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and nose tackle, Domata Peko, not to mention arriving before his three AFC North titles, The Banks, and Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, we can officially go Throwback on the Bengals head coach. Try Waly Reyes.
John Peters may be the closest we’ll ever come to finding a good-old-fashioned-1950s-diamond-in-the-rough during the information age’s 21st century of no-gemstone-unturned. Tight ends coach Jon Hayes is watching “Hard Knocks,’ and “American Idol,” rolled into one Bengals roster spot at No. 48.
When A.J. Green decided he would restore his family’s old church at 1967 Summers Drive and transform it into a combination block of a Boys and Girls Club, a study hall, and a players’ lounge, he and his mother both decided to adorn the building and the plan with a special name.
There were 14 cornerbacks selected before the Bengals took USC’s 6-0, 201-pound Josh Shaw earlier this month. But none of them put up his measurables and when the Bengals saw him for the first time this past weekend at rookie minicamp, the numbers leaped out of the laptop.
The Bengals could have signed backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor last week, but that would have disqualified him from this weekend’s rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. He wanted the reps even though he’s been in the league three seasons, so after completing the camp’s fourth practice on Sunday morning they inked Pryor to a deal that makes him the fourth quarterback.
The one spot on offense the Bengals needed to get their bat on the ball was tight ends and from the looks of things at Saturday’s two rookie minicamp practices they’ve covered themselves.
Five days after baring his soul about clarity concerning his future, left tackle Andrew Whitworth has seen the future and it is in stripes.
With degree in hand, Michael Johnson, saying it was like coming back from a vacation, knew he was back home Monday morning at Paul Brown Stadium when Bengals equipment managers Jeff Brickner and Adam Knollman had his locker stocked just like the old days.
Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals de facto offensive captain during their run to five postseasons in the last six years, wants to know his status as he heads into the last year of his contract.
The Bengals needed some juice in this weekend’s NFL Draft and they emerged with five of their nine selections looking at some significant snaps in their rookie seasons. And of their six picks in the first four rounds, the Bengals added three 300-pounders and a pair of 6-5, 250-pound –plus tight ends.
Tyler Kroft arrived at Rutgers in 2011 as a 210-pound wide receiver. “He was a little slim guy coming out of high school,” said college teammate Mo Sanu, now a Bengals wide receiver. Not anymore.
The Bengals finished up the 2015 NFL Draft Saturday at dinnertime when they picked up Fresno State safety Derron Smith in the sixth round and in the seventh round went for West Virginia wide receiver and kick returner Mario Alford.
The fourth round has been kind to Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes. Eleven-year end-tackle Robert Geathers (2004). Nose tackle and de facto defensive captain Domata Peko (2006). Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins (2010). Hayes can only hope he’s caught lightning in a bottle again with Arizona State three technique Marcus Hardison.
With their first pick in Saturday’s fourth round, the Bengals selected USC’s Josh Shaw – a defensive back with size, speed, intelligence, and one whopper of a mistake he’s gone to great lengths to atone.
Three years after plucking Pro Bowl WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict from the scrap heap of college free agency, the Bengals took Texas Christian linebacker Paul Dawson with the 99th and last pick of the third round, the Big 12 Player of the Year who ran a slow (4.93 seconds) in the 40-yard dash and saw his stock plummet. Sound familiar?