Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden took the blame for Sunday's now infamous second-down pass in Chicago that fell incomplete as the clock ticked below a minute in the first half. That stopped the clock and led to Robbie Gould's 58-yard field goal, the final margin of Cincinnati's 24-21 loss.
"In hindsight I should have run it three times and punted it with about 20 seconds left," Gruden said Monday. "It wasn't A.J. (Green)'s greatest route or Andy (Dalton)'s greatest throw or my greatest call but we can't go into shells and hide. We want to be in position to let these guys make plays because they're very good at what they do." » Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed an ESPN report that former Giants outside linebacker Michel Boley is working out for the club Tuesday. This after Lewis said safety Taylor Mays didn't play linebacker during his 13 nickel snaps Sunday.
"I don't know what the position is called," Mays said of the directions of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. "I just did what Zim told me to do."
» The Bengals had four backers play Sunday from scrimmage while rookie Jayson DiManche took all 16 of his plays on special teams.
Boley, 31, has been looking for a job since the Giants let him go back in February after he played both outside spots last year in a season he made 11 starts, according to Pro Football Reference. He's started 102 games in Atlanta and New York. According to Pro Football Talk, TMZ reported Boley pled guilty to a child abuse charge in February with the charge to be dropped if he successfully completed a diversion program.
» Lewis said Monday left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) has a chance to play Monday (8:40 p.m.-ESPN) against the Steelers.
» Gruden is encouraged by the debut of the Bengals' heavy two tight-end set with Jermaine Gresham playing every snap and rookie Tyler Eifert playing 71 percent of them.