Quick Hits: A.J. Green And Burrow Lift Zac; Bengals Seek Roster Flexibility
Football Digs Back In As Bengals Open Camp
Burrow's Adaptability A Huge Plus Heading Into The 2020 Season
There's an old football adage that "the best ability is availability," but in the coronavirus pandemic the best ability might be "adaptability." Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has taken a matter-of-fact, yet flexible approach to getting him and the offense ready for the regular season knowing he will have fewer practices and no preseason games with which to work.
After Red-Hot Offseason, Bengals Finally Gather To Find The Answers
With the Bengals set to gather to Tuesday for the first time as a team this year, they got down to 80 players Monday with a couple of moves and that was the easy part. Nothing is as easy it looks amid the panorama of a pandemic and for Duke Tobin, the club's director of player personnel, the tough stuff is just starting. If there was ever a season that could be decided by roster management, this is it.
Burrow Takes Command: 'He's All Ball'
Consider the tone set on Day One. When rookie quarterback Joe Burrow walked out of the tunnel and took the Paul Brown Stadium Field for the first time wearing No. 9, the kid from Athens County and the son of a college coach punched a clock and not Instagram. "It was just coming to my first day of work," he said.
Burrow Arrives At PBS: 'I think We're Going To Have One Of The Best Receiving Corps In The League'
Joe Burrow signed his contract Friday while wearing a mask, but it is the Bengals that think they got the steal of the draft when the overall No. 1 draft pick signed in between a quarterbacks meeting and his first walk-through during a hectic morning at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals Begin Weight Room Watch
Carlos Dunlap, about to become the Bengals' greatest sacker of all-time (he needs 2.5), might have just pulled off the most resourceful moves of his career by simply finding a patch of grass to train on during this oddest of offseasons. When he returns to Paul Brown Stadium next week, Dunlap is going to see a much different weight room. First of all, he'll see two of them.
Zac Looking For Every Edge As Bengals Open Camp
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has always been a half-full guy and the first pandemic in a century won't turn him into a half-empty sort. During Wednesday's first Zoom news conference of training camp he went through the Ayes of August instead of the Nays of Never and the Ayes had it.
Bengals Camp Kicks Into Gear For Number Of Reasons As Tee Higgins Dons 85
What promises to be the slowest evolving training camp in Bengals history took some robust steps Tuesday with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's verbal contract agreement, the investiture of No. 85 to rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins and the arrival of the veterans for their first Covid-19 tests.
Bengals Sign Tee Higgins
The Bengals signed wide receiver Tee Higgins, the team's second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Higgins (6-4, 216) spent the last three seasons (2017-19) at Clemson University and totaled 135 career receptions for 2448 yards and 27 TDs (tied school record). ge Football Playoff, including a National Championship in the 2018 season.
Reports: Burrow Agrees To Terms; Bengals On Verge Of Completing Rookie Deals
Overall No. 1 pick Joe Burrow has agreed to terms, according to multiple reports Tuesday, as the Bengals' training camp continues to methodically grind on. With Burrow in the fold, the Bengals' only unsigned rookie is second-rounder Tee Higgins, the wide receiver from Clemson, and his deal could also come as soon as Tuesday.
Aaron Hancock of Wyoming High School Wins Paul Brown Coaching Award
Aaron Hancock, the head football coach at Wyoming High School who last season led the Cowboys to a Division IV state runner-up finish, was named as the 2019 season winner of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award. The award has been given annually by the Bengals since 2002. It honors outstanding high school football coaches in the region and includes a $7500 Bengals donation to Wyoming High School's athletic department.
Up Close Look At Bengals' Socially Distant Training Camp
Safety Vonn Bell, one of the Bengals' new feisty defensive leaders, has a corner on their equally new socially-distanced locker room. Make that locker rooms. Bell reports with the rest of the veterans Tuesday to unofficially open the official start of training camp with a Covid-19 test. He knows it is safety first: "It's a balance," Bell says.
Training Camp Meet And Greet: Offense
Year 2 of the Zac Taylor Era has arrived, and the Bengals are ready to cash in their chips with offensive talent that displays depth, experience and skill. With the addition of the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, the returns of A.J. Green and Jonah Williams and building blocks like Joe Mixon and Tyler Boyd, there is genuine excitement about offense.
Week In Review: A.J. Green Looks For A Big 2020
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green signed his $18 million franchise tender as he gets ready for his 10th season in Cincinnati. Also, the Bengals signed five draft picks from the 2020 Draft, Joe Mixon leads the Madden NFL 21 ratings and a look at the defense heading into training camp.
Fifth-Rounder Khalid Kareem Hopes To Paint The Edges
Even though Khalid Kareem signed his first NFL contract Thursday, he could paint you a picture why football doesn't define him. In fact, the Bengals rookie defensive end already did in one of his last official acts before leaving Notre Dame in December. "I don't have a name for it," Kareem mused Thursday of his massive oil painting that combines elements of the six art classes he took while playing at South Bend. "I wanted to show there's more to me than just football."
Bengals Sign Fifth-Round Pick Khalid Kareem
The Bengals signed DE Khalid Kareem, the team's fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Kareem (6-4, 268) spent the last four seasons (2016-19) at the University of Notre Dame. He played in 43 career games (26 starts), and compiled 109 career tackles, including 13 sacks, along with four FFs, two FRs and eight pass breakups.
Scotty Washington And His Fellow Undrafteds Try To Find A Way As Chances Shrink
Bengals rookie wide receiver Anthony "Scotty" Washington, named after his father and nicknamed by his older sister, is trying to make a name in the NFL under the most trying of happenstances. Namely, as a college free agent in the middle of a pandemic. Since May, an undrafted rookie has been robbed of his greatest allies. But Washington has some things going for him, such as the most catches by a Bengals receiver from Joe Burrow heading into training camp.
First Day For Bengals Rookies Just Like All The Rest: Unsure What's Next
All Bengals rookie linebacker Logan Wilson knows is that on Tuesday he received both an NFL contract and a Covid-19 test. Other than that, Wilson, one of those six new projected third-down starters on defense, isn't sure what's next.
Can The 2020 Burrow Bengals Replicate The 2011 Lockout Lads?
The Bengals 2020 season has already been as jaw-dropping as Paul Brown's new striped helmets, as norm-defying as Chad Ocho Cinco's name change, as Whicky-Whacky as a Sam Wyche play call. But the '20 Lockdown has nothing on Bengaldom's '11 Lockout season that began nine years ago this week.
Joe Mixon, A.J. Green And Geno Atkins Lead Bengals Madden NFL 21 Ratings
An annual traditions this time of year as fans of the game await its release is the debate over the player ratings. Running back Joe Mixon, wide receiver A.J. Green and defensive tackle Geno Atkins lead the Bengals' Madden NFL 21 ratings. The 32nd installment of the iconic game, Madden NFL 21, hits shelves nationwide on Aug. 25.
A.J. Green Again Leads A Bengals Overhaul
Fast forward from the Lockout of 2011 to the Lockdown of 2020. A.J. Green, on his first career media Zoom call, has a lock on everything in between after Friday's signing of his $18 million franchise tender on the eve of his 10th season. Consummate pro. Freak athlete. Locker room leader of another Bengals rehab. Father of two.
A.J. Green Looking For A Big 2020 And Beyond In Stripes
A.J. Green officially closed the Green-Dalton Era on Friday and began the Age of A.J. & Joe when the Bengals best player signed the franchise tender to secure his statesman's place in new franchise quarterback Joe Burrow's first training camp. "I want to play another four years and I hope to retire as a Bengal," said Green on the eve of his 10th season.
Bengals Re-Sign A.J. Green
The Bengals re-signed WR A.J. Green to a one-year contract. A 10th-year player in 2020, A.J. Green was originally a first-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2011, and has become one of the most productive receivers in team history. He currently stands second in Bengals history in career receptions (602) and receiving yards (8907), is tied for second in receiving TDs (63), and ranks first in 100-yard receiving games (33).
Week In Review: Increased Awareness
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals are still hopeful to strike a long-term deal with start wide receiver A.J. Green after the franchise tag deadline passed. Also, legends Ken Anderson and Ken Riley are being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as senior candidates and the Bengals unveil new guidelines for Paul Brown Stadium heading into the 2020 season.
Bengals Senior Duo Gets Plenty Of Attention From Voters in Grinding Hall of Fame Process
Odds are both the late Ken Riley and his 1981 Super Bowl Bengals teammate Ken Anderson are making a trip to Canton next month in a field of 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame senior candidates. Certainly at least one of them. And evidence suggests they are not traveling incognito to the voters. But that's when the hard part starts. "I think both these guys will have gold jackets at some point. But the senior process is brutal and painful," says one senior selector.
Only One Thing Certain These Days: Bengals Still Covet A.J. Green
With challenges ranging from fitting the right number of people into Paul Brown Stadium to re-signing their best player, the Bengals continue to battle the kaleidoscope of unknowns posed by the pandemic unleashed on America. Even though the Bengals didn't get an extension by 4 p.m. Wednesday with wide receiver A.J. Green, designated their franchise free agent back in March, there are still hopes to strike a long-term deal after the season.
Inside The Pick: How Joe Burrow Turned Into a Virtual Lock
The Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. How the franchise came to the decision that Burrow was too good to pass up and an inside look at the decision-making process leading up to draft day.
Bengals Unveil PBS Guidelines
The Bengals informed their season ticket holders Friday of the guidelines in use for this year at Paul Brown Stadium and if the team gets approval to host fans capacity is to be "greatly reduced." Fans are looking at rearranged seating stadium-wide, no tailgating in the parking lots and social distancing as the team responds to laws, regulations and NFL rules to enhance fan safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
Week In Review: A Helping Hand
In the latest 'Week In Review," quarterback Joe Burrow announced the creation of an endowment to fight hunger in southeastern Ohio. Plus, which Bengals player has been the most helpful to the media, 10 interesting facts about the 1981 Bengals and an interview with linebacker Josh Bynes.
Burrow Follows Through On First Throw With Hunger Fund
The 32 seconds that rocked a region late last year has turned into what Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow hopes is an endless string of years that keeps giving when on Thursday he unveiled the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.
Bengals.com Top 10 Media Go-To Guys
Here's a list of the top 10 Bengals who in this century were the media's go-to guys no matter the score. Among the factors were availability, quotability, availability and, oh yeah, availability. In order to be considered you've got be in front of your locker win or lose, be on call after hours and have something to say other than, "We're going to take it one week at a time."
Earning Their Stripes: 10 Interesting Facts About The 1981 Bengals
Led by quarterback Ken Anderson, the 1981 Most Valuable Player, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg on the sidelines, the 1981 Bengals enjoyed a magical run to the Super Bowl. Digging deeper into the numbers, here are 10 surprising facts about one of the greatest teams in Bengals history.
Callahan Talks Joe Burrow, The West Coast Offense And Concepts
Before summer vacation, Bengals.com re-convened with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan to talk a little ball. Callahan is so good at it, you just roll the ball out there and he expounds on scouting offenses other than LSU, putting Joe Burrow under center at times, the benefits of playing in a Sean Payton scheme and how he just wants Burrow to be himself while hoping other teams watch the Bengals and end up saying, 'Man, I want Joe Burrow, that's what I want."
Week In Review: Summer Breeze
In the latest "Week In Review," Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans about contracts and former Bengals potentially being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Plus, features about quarterback Joe Burrow's at home workouts and former Bengals linebacker Brian Simmons helping rookie Akeem Davis-Gaither adjust to life in the NFL.
Joe Burrow's Silent Spring Broken With Echoes Of A No. 1 Work Ethic
In this virtual offseason, Joe Burrow has begun the Bengals' new era in front of virtually no one at Athens High School's Joe Burrow Stadium. As he repeats the play called by his high school offensive coordinator and throws to his two best receivers from their days at Athens, dad Jimmy Burrow is usually watching. It may be like the old days, but the Bengals see it as the start of their new day.
Who Could Be The Bengals Breakout Star In 2020?
In recent years players like wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate or defensive linemen Sam Hubbard have emerged as a breakout star for the Bengals. Broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham, along with Bengals.com writers Geoff Hobson and Michael LaPlaca, predict who could be the Bengals breakout star in 2020.
Brian Simmons Takes Bengals Rookie Back (ers) To The Future
Brian Simmons, the most versatile linebacker in Bengals history, helped the future this offseason when an old fellow linebacker from a long-ago North Carolina high school all-star game called with a favor. Keith Gaither asked Simmons to call his son and offer advice for one of the three linebackers the Bengals drafted.
Week In Review: Vets Finish Spring Meetings
The Bengals veterans closed their last week of virtual meetings with the coaches in what is shaping up to be one of their most well-prepared teams when it comes to the playbook currently on file. Also, a Bengals Booth Podcast with running back Rodney Anderson and who could be the Bengals offensive MVP in 2020?
Hometown Hero Mike Daniels Looks To Take The Next Step With Aid Of Bill Walsh Fellowship
At 35, Mike Daniels is a self-confessed young man in a hurry. And now his single-minded sprint has had a head-on with history during the past few days when he popped into the Bengals' virtual picture last week as one of the coaches in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program.
Bengals Working With Three Coaches In NFL's Minority Fellowship Program
The Bengals coaching staff is welcoming three coaches to work with the team as interns as part of this year's Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program. All three will assist the coaching staff during the final stages of the team's virtual offseason program this month.
Bengals Vets Start Last Week of Spring Meetings
The Bengals veterans began their last week of virtual meetings Monday and the coaches get the rookies for another week in what is shaping up to be one of their most well-prepared teams when it comes to the playbook currently on file. But special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons would make a trade.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Can't Keep A Good Man Down
It is the "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast checking in with Rodney Anderson as he looks to bounce back from the injury that ended his rookie season. Plus, Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson on Ken Riley's case for the Hall of Fame and more.
Week In Review: Remembering Ken Riley
In the latest "Week In Review," a look back at the life and legacy of Bengals great Ken Riley. Also, the Bengals pledge $250,000 to community initiatives, Bengals players emerge resolved after an emotional team meeting and defensive tackle D.J. Reader drops some weight to gain quickness.
Down On The Corner, They Honor Ken Riley's Hall-Worthy 65
We are down here on the corner talking to three cornerbacks about one of the greatest NFL corners to ever live. They're all trying to explain just how hard it is to get an NFL interception. Listen to Hall-of-Famers Mel Blount and Dick LeBeau, as well as a former Florida A&M corner who played for Ken Riley. Ken Riley II.
D.J. Reader Sheds Weight In Hunger To Be His Best
D.J. Reader has beached the Cap'n Crunch this offseason, among other carbs, as the Bengals' new, lighter anchor looks to expand on a role that made him one of the NFL's top young defensive linemen for the Texans last year. Reader says he has shed about 20 pounds and is now about 320. He still remains hungry despite becoming the NFL's highest-paid nose tackle.
Bengals Emerge Resolved From Emotional Meeting
Shawn Williams, one of the captains just emerging from one of his most emotional days as a Cincinnati Bengal, knew it had to be done. "We had a meeting airing it all out," said Williams of a day head coach Zac Taylor set aside for feelings instead of football. "The raw, uncut truth of feelings ... It was very open. To hear people express the way they're feeling, it was hard. But it's what's needed."
Stunned Bengals Savor Life Of Ken Riley
A lot of old teammates took Louis Breeden's lead and spent Sunday reflecting on how lucky they were to be in on the life of Ken Riley. "The first thing I thought of today when I heard was that big smile," said Dave Lapham of Riley's death. "As great a player as he was, he was just an incredible human being."
Bengals Legend Ken Riley Passes Away at 72
Ken Riley, one of the most popular and prolific players during the history of the Bengals as one of the greatest interceptors in NFL annals, died suddenly Sunday morning in his hometown of Bartow, Fla. He was 72. Nicknamed "The Rattler," by Bengals defensive coach Tom Bass in honor of Florida A&M's mascot, Riley came out of the Tallahassee, Fla., school to play the most games in Bengaldom with 207 during 15 steel-belted, no-frills seasons while racking up the fifth most interceptions of all-time.
Bengals Listen First, Pledge Action
Against the backdrop of NFL players and coaches speaking out during nation-wide protests, the Bengals have made a commitment to listening and to action, including a pledge of $250,000 to community initiatives to be selected by players, coaches and staff together.
Week In Review: More In Store For The Defense
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals coaches return to the facility for the first time since the nation's COVID-19 pandemic forced a league-wide shutdown in March. Also, Shawn Williams discusses his offseason adjustments, Auden Tate makes a big catch and who could be the team's defensive MVP in 2020?
Office Space Has More Furnishings For Bengals Defensive Coaches
Head coach Zac Taylor's staff begins to head back into the office Friday for the first time since March 13, when defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo and the staff got pulled off the road scouting for the draft. D.J. Reader was still a Texan, Trae Waynes was still a Viking and the Bengals defense was still evolving from a 4-3. What a difference 84 days makes.
Garth Brooks Reschedules Concert At Paul Brown Stadium; New Date To Be Announced: All Tickets Will Be Honored
Garth Brooks has rescheduled his upcoming stadium concert at Paul Brown Stadium. The concert was scheduled for June 27. The new date will be announced once it is officially confirmed. All tickets will be honored.
Shawn Williams Waits For New Role After "Roller Coaster" Offseason
No one has ever been more reliable in Bengaldom than safety Shawn Williams, but even the steadiest of all Bengals has had trouble finding his footing during this slippery slope offseason. He's not certain of his new role, but he's had several through the years.