Quick Hits: Geno DNP; Green Headed To Out; Mixon At Bay
Week 11 Gallery | Thursday Practice
A beautiful day to get some work in. Practice photos as the Bengals prep for the Raiders in Week 11.
Bengals Coaching Staff Hopes To Replicate Raiders Turnaround
When the Bengals play in Oakland’s famed Black Hole for the last time Sunday (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the two teams may be more closely tied than when Bengals head coach Zac Taylor played his old Rams team in London last month. After all, Taylor merely worked for Rams head coach Sean McVay. But he played for Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
Quick Hits: A.J. Green Watching; Ross Returns, Eyes Dec. 8; Surprised Pratt Goes Snap-By-Snap
No sign of wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) returning to practice Wednesday and it doesn’t look great for him to play Sunday (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) in Oakland. He was on the field in sweats, but he wasn’t on the rehab field and head coach Zac Taylor again categorized him as “day-to-day.” Plus, Green declined to comment, something he tends to do if he doesn’t expect to practice in the next day or two.
Taylor-Made Takes: Shaking Up The Backers: 'We’re waiting on someone to step up'
Head coach Zac Taylor sat down with Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com to talk about Ryan Finley’s debut, the release of Preston Brown and facing his old coach from that oh so brief training camp under Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay all those years ago.
Quick Hits: Injuries Dictate Next Move At LB; Time Of Possession Still A Weapon
The day after Zac Taylor issued an all-points bulletin for his linebackers to step up their leadership, the Bengals cut their most seasoned one Tuesday when they released Preston Brown in a move that had been telegraphed in last Sunday’s snap counts. ... Time of possession looms large in any era of scoring.
Finley's Flashes Catch Bengals' Eye
Two plays. We’ll see those Lamar Jackson highlights for God knows how long. But there are two plays from Sunday’s 49-13 loss to the Ravens that make the Bengals think they could have something in rookie quarterback Ryan Finley. And offensive coordinator Brian Callahan thinks he'll improve quickly.
Quick Hits: Calling All Backers; Wilson Returns With Second Best Ever; Coaches Salute Dalton
The day after the Bengals’ 49-13 loss to the Ravens, head coach Zac Taylor issued an all-points bulletin for his linebackers in the wake of Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson’s perfect passer rating and an option run game that for 5.9 yards per carry. “One area where we need to step up is at linebacker. Someone needs to step up and be a leader there,” said Taylor at his Monday presser.
Mixon Grinds Run Game Revival
If the Bengals are looking for a foundation to build their way out of this, they need to look no closer than the man with the No. 28 chain draped around his neck glistening in the TV lights after Sunday’s heart-on-the-sleeve effort in the 49-13 loss to the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Pushed aside in the new offense for the first half of the season with just 12.5 carries per game, running back Joe Mixon was there when his needed him the most in rookie quarterback Ryan Finley’s first NFL start against the NFL’s hottest team.
Ravens Returns Spoil Finley's Debut
Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley emerged from his first NFL start probably the way you thought he would. He couldn’t keep pace with Lamar Action Jackson and the Ravens defense took advantage of his mistakes, but in the aftermath of Sunday’s 49-13 loss to the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium his coach and teammates praised his poise and are looking for more.
Quick Hits: Lamar's Clinic; Mixon Hopes Revived Run Game Featured; Finley Toughs It Out; Dunlap's Moment
Yes. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson can throw, too, and it threw the Bengals for a loop early in their 49-13 loss ... Joe Mixon became the first Bengals running back in nine years to run the ball 30 times and he hopes it means more ... Ryan Finley had the ups and downs of any rookie QB's first NFL start ... Carlos Dunlap had quite a pre-game moment.
Lamar Puts on MVP Show To Beat Finley, Bengals
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson showed why he’s the most exciting NFL MVP candidate of this generation when he eclipsed Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley’s debut Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in a breathtaking four-touchdown clinic that carried the day, 49-13.
Media Roundtable: Finley Market Takes Over PBS
The Bengals hope rookie quarterback Ryan Finley stays Freezer Bowl glacial while the Ravens are banking on quarterback Lamar Jackson remaining scalding MVP hot to the touch when the two teams open another window into their AFC North rivalry Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) as Paul Brown Stadium turns into Finley Market. The Bengals.com Media Roundtable discusses.
3 Things To Watch: Week 10 Versus Baltimore
The Ryan Finley era officially begins in Week 10 as the Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. When the Bengals drafted Finley with a fourth-round pick, it was the highest selection the franchise used on a quarterback since it took Andy Dalton in 2011. Now, Finley has a chance to showcase his ability against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.
Bengals Can Turn To History For Turnaround
Once upon a time, before A.J. Green, Fitzmagic and the zone read, the Bengals were 0-8, finished 4-3-1 in the second half of the season and used it as a launching pad into the next season they swept the AFC North and made the postseason. "That last half of the season, it was just a lot of guys trying to come together to play really good football," says Chris Crocker of the 2008 Bengals. "Then the next season we won the division, so I guess we did set the table. "
Quick Hits: Pratt In Line For More Starts; Huber's Net Gain; Injury Update With A.J. Green Out
Rookie middle linebacker Germaine Pratt got his first NFL start last month in Baltimore and look for him to get his second one Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at Paul Brown Stadium when the Ravens come to town. That makes for good symmetry with North Carolina State teammate Ryan Finley drawing his first NFL start at quarterback.
Week In Review: Mixon Embraces Heavy Workload As Prep Continues For The Ravens
In the latest Week In Review, preparations continue for the Bengals as they host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. Running back Joe Mixon is ready for a heavier workload, special teams looks to be a deciding factor once again in the series and the team announced its Salute To Service nominee.
Coaches Always Make Bengals-Ravens A Kick
Tony McRae, who has played for both the Bengals and the Ravens, has a unique look into that intriguing special teams mirror both teams share at the top of the NFL when they meet Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at Paul Brown Stadium. McRae, a cornerback who has been a staple as a leading player in the Bengals’ burgeoning kick teams ranked No. 1 by at least one web site, has one of the two teams’ coaching connections.
Quick Hits: Ravens Miss A.J. Green Again; Zac Adjusts Again; Injury Update
While Bengaldom sighed Thursday with the latest twist in the A.J. Green saga, no doubt Ravens head coach John Harbaugh offered a sigh of relief as his team prepares for Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium in a game that appears is going to be played without Harbaugh’s arch-nemesis.
A.J. Green Vows To Return In 2019 Despite Setback
A glum A.J. Green didn’t practice Thursday and he indicated that his swollen ankle is going to take him out of Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) against the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Now he’s not sure when he’ll make his first appearance or even when he’ll practice again, but he still thinks he’ll play in 2019.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Welcome Back
Broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham preview the Bengals Week 10 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Among the topics discussed include the challenges quarterback Ryan Finley will face in his first start and how the Bengals simulate Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in practice.
Matchup Of The Game: 'Cat and Mouse Game All Day'
It’s not often you see one of these central casting matchups. With six Pro Bowls and one NFL title, Earl Thomas has one more ring than Ryan Finley has NFL regular-season snaps in what is one of Sunday’s more intriguing story lines at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) when the Bengals play the AFC North-leading Ravens.
Quick Hits: A.J. Green Sits Out, Back To Day-To-Day; Ryan Seeks Rhythm; Lamar Again; Injury Update
A.J. Green headed out to Wednesday morning’s walk through expecting to follow it up with his first full practice of the season in the afternoon. But the injured ankle of the Bengals franchise wide receiver flared up during the walk-through and by the time Green went to get treatment in the training room, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor emerged from his news conference to find out Green wouldn’t practice.
A Jim LeClair Appreciation: "God Made Him To Be A Football Player"
Bengaldom takes a timeout this week to mourn the passing of Jim LeClair, the latter-day Cincinnati strongman who captained the Bengals’ first Super Bowl defense with a physical ferocity that once allowed him to pin a loss on an undefeated 457-pound bear in their fateful wrestling match.
Bengals Sign Sheldon To Practice Squad
The Bengals signed LB Brady Sheldon to the practice squad. Sheldon (6-5, 231), a first-year player out of Ferris State University, originally was a college free agent signee of the Oakland Raiders in 2017. He also spent time on the Browns’ and Packers’ practice squads.
Quick Hits: Joe Mixon Ready For Work; Finley Vs. Lamar III; A.J. Green Leads Healthy Monday Practice
For the first time in eight years the Bengals are starting a rookie quarterback Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Ravens and running back Joe Mixon says he’s here to help.
Overlooked No Longer, These Bengals Are Making The Most Out Of The Opportunity
The drafting of players like Brandon Wilson in the late rounds or an undrafted free agent signing can slide under the radar with minimal response. However, injuries, or just flat out out-working other on the field, allow someone like Wilson to seize the moment and make the most of the opportunity.
Taylor-Made Takes: 'We're Looking At Every Avenue'
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor sat down with Bengals.com senior writer Geoff Hobson during the bye week to discuss replacing Andy Dalton at quarterback with rookie Ryan Finley, as well as trades, A.J. Green and the status of other injured players and the message for the second half of the season.
Players React: Can't Blame Dalton, But Business Is Business
Tyler Boyd, Andy Dalton’s most reliable target these days as the wait for A.J. Green continues, had no idea when he showed up for work Tuesday that Dalton wouldn’t be his starting quarterback when they come back from the bye and the Nov. 10 game against the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals QB Switch: Ryan Finley to Start
The Bengals made that Deadline Deal Tuesday. Except it was Bengals head coach Zac Taylor’s decision to bench quarterback Andy Dalton in exchange for rookie Ryan Finley as the team heads into the bye week. Dalton, the winningest quarterback in Bengals history, saw his nine-season run end on his 32nd birthday after the Bengals failed to score 20 points for the sixth time this season in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams at Wembley Stadium.
Bengals Go Fourth, But Rams Prevail
In the game pitting dueling playbooks, the Rams won Sunday, 24-10, because they made the big plays and pushed the Bengals into the bye week revising their books. But the Bengals are vowing to win games first rather than unload and head coach Zac Taylor did his part tying a club record with six fourth-down attempts.
Quick Hits: Rams Reverse Game With New Play; Fourth And Go; Eifert Breaks Loose
The Bengals offense had their biggest output since Opening Day with 401 yards and their much-maligned run defense held the Rams under 100 yards at less than four yards per carry. But Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams at Wembley Stadium was simple. The Rams made the big play and the Bengals didn’t. They never recovered from the day’s biggest that was uncorked in an entertaining first half.
Rams, Bengals Find Scoreboard At Wembley
Sunday’s mirror offenses reflected the Rams’ lethal deep passing game and the Bengals’ new-found running attack as wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s 65-yard touchdown catch off a double reverse flea flicker gave the Rams a 17-10 half-time lead at Wembley Stadium.
Andre, Dunlap Active; Lawson Out; A.J. Has Robust Pre-Game
Left tackle Andre Smith got the call against the Rams Sunday at Wembley Stadium, so it’s assumed he’ll be in the Bengals starting lineup for the first time since he injured his ankle and missed the last two games. Also back for the first in two games and expected to start was left end Carlos Dunlap (knee), giving them eight defensive linemen and they needed them all against the Rams running game.
Media Roundtable: Bengals Go Back To The Roots
The Bengals are in the mother country facing the team that spawned them when they meet head coach Sean McVay’s Rams Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at Wembley Stadium in a game that would serve as a powerful and symbolic first victory for Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.
Who Dey In The UK Takes In The Moment
Paul Hirons began it by fighting sleep and air waves to hear Phil Samp and Dave Lapham on Armed Forces Radio. He has crowned it by improbably orchestrating the internet to do good and form one of the great pockets of Bengaldom in the United Kingdom. He surveys Friday night’s scene like a kid, well, let Hirons tell you.
Quick Hits: Boyd And Mixon Need To Lead The Way
In his Friday UK presser, head coach Zac Taylor pointed to receiver Tyler Boyd and running back Joe Mixon as guys that have led the way this week with their vocal approach. Both are coming off extremely tough games against the Jags, but Boyd had a gleam in his eye after a morning practice just six hours after they landed in The Kingdom.
Thursday Quick Hitters: 'Progressing' Green On Field Again, but won't play; Quez Doubtful; Glenn Out For Rams
A.J. Green went on the practice field for a second straight day Thursday morning as the club planned to leave for London later in the day for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) against the Rams. Green was ruled out for Wembley, after a limited practice, but head coach Zac Taylor said he's progressing.
Bengals Booth Podcast: London Calling
Broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham preview the Bengals Week 8 matchup in London against the Los Angeles Rams. Among the topics discussed include analyzing what will happen at the trade deadline and how to improve the running game. Hoard also chats with punter Kevin Huber about his season and how kicking has changed over the years.
Notebook: Big Willie Summit; Whit Believed In Dalton From Start; Dennard All-Out Effort; McVay Misses Taylor
Willie Anderson and Bobby Hart talked some ball after Sunday's game ... Andrew Whitworth admits it's "weird,' playing his old team Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) in London ... Darqueze Dennard's comeback hits a snag ... Head coach Sean McVay says the Rams miss Zac Taylor's presence.
Quick Hits: Green Works in Limited Fashion; Willis Cut; Jackson Full Go On Corner
Before franchise wide receiver A.J. Green went through individual drills at the start of practice Wednesday and was marked as limited, rookie wide receiver Damion Willis went from Opening Day starter to the waiver wire in 45 days.... William Jackson, full go, and Darqueze Dennard, on the rehab field, swapped places in Wednesday's practice ... Bengals legend Ken Anderson is making the trip to London, where he could see one of his records broken.
Taylor-Made Takes: “There are only 32 teams…about every single week there’s some sort of connection with the other team”
Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson sat down with head coach Zac Taylor to talk about going against his old boss and team when the Bengals travel to London to play Sean McVay’s Rams Sunday at Wembley Stadium.