Zac Adjusting To First Draft Of The Zooming '20s
Bengals Young Defensive Leaders Can't Wait: 'Exactly What We Needed'
Bengals Defensive Overhaul Continues With Dre Release
Starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, whose long and lean intensity helped fuel the Bengals best defenses of the previous decade, became the third first-rounder to leave the Bengals in less than two weeks Tuesday when they released him as head coach Zac Taylor continues to flip the roster.
Bengals Release Dre Kirkpatrick
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, a ninth-year player in 2020, originally was the first of two first-round draft picks of the Bengals in 2012 (selected 17th overall). He went on to play in 99 games (67 starts) for Cincinnati and totaled 291 career tackles, 10 interceptions, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Reports Have Bengals Hoping Bynes Replicates Last Year's AFC North Stand
Even Josh Bynes' uniform number is comforting for the Bengals, although he'll have to have a conversation with sophomore middle linebacker Germaine Pratt if he wants No. 57 when his signing becomes official. But then, that's a big reason reports have them putting him in the middle of this new defense.
2020 Bengals Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Take a look at which players media outlets are predicting the Bengals select in their most recent mock drafts. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young highlight the top, but offensive linemen, wide receivers and linebackers are featured in the later rounds.
Reported Vonn Bell Deal Rings In Culture Change As Bengals Revamp Defense
Not only have the Bengals revamped their secondary during the last week, but all six of the reported signings in this defensive overhaul have come from playoff teams. The latest surfaced Wednesday off internet reports they agreed with Saints safety Vonn Bell to three years for $18 million as he became the third starting defensive back to join them since free agency opened last week and the sixth new defender at roughly a total cost of $115 million.
Reports Of X Files Bulk Up Bengals On O-Line And In Locker Room
They talk about the Bengals offensive line and how it needs this and how it lacks that and then, according to a series of published reports, a guy like Xavier Su'a-Filo shows up in March. Named for a fictional police chief with a verifiable resume of stout play and intangibles, Su'a-Filo's reported arrival may help their O-line become one of the surprise storylines of the season.
Reports: Bengals Raid Ravens For Backer Bynes
The Bengals have delved into the second phase of free agency and according to published reports emerging Tuesday night they added not only a starting inside linebacker in Ravens veteran Josh Bynes, but also a defensive leader. Another report had them agreeing with a backup wide receiver in the Rams' Mike Thomas.
An Appreciation For The Man Who Co-Wrote The Bible Of Bengaldom
Jack Clary could tell a story, that's for sure. And as an author of 67 books before he passed away last week at 87, he chased down a lot of them. That's because he knew the story is about the story and not the teller. His biggest catch of all remains the Bible of Bengaldom.
Week In Review: Making A Splash
In the latest "Week In Review," reports indicate the Bengals making a big splash in free agency by signing three defensive starters and an offensive lineman. Also, the team placed the franchise tag on receiver A.J. Green and the union and league agreed upon n new collective bargaining agreement.
Reports: Bengals CB Depth Multiplies With Newman Protege
Reports have the Bengals signing a new slot cornerback in the Vikings' Mackensie Alexander, a Terence Newman protégé, and here's a stat that is one of the reasons why: Alexander was on the field for 142 runs and didn't have a missed tackle last season.
Bengals Free Agency Announcements Could Be Delayed
NFL teams are prohibited from announcing that they have agreed to terms with a free agent pending a physical until the player officially signs his contract. This could mean a delay in the official announcement of potential deals made by the Bengals in free agency.
Reports: X Marks New Spot On Bengals O-Line
The Bengals took a pause in re-building their defense Wednesday and tweaked their offensive line when they reportedly signed Cowboys' seven-year veteran Xavier Su'a-Filo to a three-year deal that makes him a leading candidate to be their fifth Opening Day right guard in as many years.
Webb Released As Bengals Re-Shape Defense
The Bengals released cornerback B.W. Webb Wednesday before the NFL new year's dawn at 4 p.m. as Cincinnati continued to revamp its defense in the opening days of free agency. They also may be tweaking the offensive line when they released incumbent starting right guard John Miller.
Reports: Bengals Enrich Defense With Two Impact Players
Although they can't officially announce the moves until Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Bengals made their two biggest free agency plays in history Tuesday when published reports said they agreed to terms with one of the best young lineman in the game in Houston nose tackle D.J. Reader and a former first-round cornerback in the Vikings' Trae Waynes while boosting their defense with two impact starters.
An Old-Time Draft
As the minute-by-minute headlines change the American way of life, it is shaping up to be an old-time NFL Draft. Except maybe for FaceTime. Adding to the jolting rapids of change, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday night that delayed the start of the off-season program on April 20.
A.J. Green Is It With Tag To Open Activity
As the NFL tried to cope with a pandemic, the Bengals on Monday embarked on business as unusual when they officially made seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green their franchise player by tendering a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million. They also tendered four restricted free agents.
Bengals Designate A.J. Green As Franchise Player, Extend Tender Offer To Four Others
The Bengals designated WR A.J. Green as the team's franchise player, under terms of the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement. The team also extended tender offers to TE Cethan Carter, G Alex Redmond, DT Josh Tupou and S Brandon Wilson.
2020 NFL Draft To Proceed; Public Events Canceled
In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday.
Bengals Booth Podcast: More, More, More
It's the "More, More, More" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast with more, more, more about Joe Burrow. Broadcaster Dan Hoard chats with Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Analyst for The Athletic, and asks if selecting Burrow No. 1 is a no-brainer. Hoard also talks with LSU offensive lineman Damien Lewis about what Burrow is like in the huddle.
Bengals Get Ready For NFL's New Year
With Saturday night D-Day for the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement and Monday's start of free agency heralding the league's new year on Wednesday, there are more questions than answers swirling about the NFL landscape. As the Bengals and nation grapple with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, some of the few certainties in the coming days are the status of A.J. Green (here) and Cordy Glenn (not).
Concession Sales Help Fund Non-Profit Organizations
Many of the workers who pour your beer or prepare your food at Paul Brown Stadium are representatives from local nonprofits. The volunteers are recruited and trained by Aramark, the Bengals' concessionaire, to be among the 800 people who staff the concession stands on a typical game day.
Week In Review: Draft Day Scenarios
In the latest "Week In Review," Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans about the draft and free agency. Also, a look at the Bengals' all-decade team of the 2010s, full list of Bengals picks in the upcoming draft and legendary quarterback Ken Anderson gives his thoughts on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
Former Bengals Pollack, Westbrook Elected To The College Football Hall of Fame
Former Bengals linebacker David Pollack and wide receiver Michael Westbrook were elected to the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame. The class includes 17 former players and two former coaches, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Kenny Anderson Sees A Completion With Burrow
This is how good Kenny Anderson was. A good 34 years after he threw his last pass, he's still leading parades in this town. Anderson, the NFL's first 70-percent passer in the Super Bowl Era while becoming the Bengals all-time leading passer, has a history of being accurate and he believes he's on the mark when it comes to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. "I think he's the No. 1 pick in the draft," said Anderson Tuesday, preparing for his duties as the grand marshal for Cincinnati's St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.
Here Is One Bengals All-Decade Team To Debate
With a timeout at the two-minute warning before free agency and the draft, it is a good time to debate the Bengals all-time team of the 2010s. The Bengals.com team of Michael LaPlaca, digital media specialist, and Geoff Hobson, senior writer, make the case for their All-Decade picks.
Who is on your team?
Week In Review: Inside A Day At The Combine
In the latest "Week In Review," an inside look at a coach's day during the NFL Scouting Combine. Also, the Bengals athletic trainer Paul Sparling earns a prestigious award, fun facts about the five new assistant coaches and an NFL Draft preview looking at the tight ends.
A Reminder As Rodney Anderson Kills It In Rehab
This could be the sticky note on the kitchen table or a text from the doctor or the time jotted on a calendar. Instead, this reminder is Thursday in the Paul Brown Stadium multi-purpose room and it is Rodney Anderson powering, no, make that gliding, through another rehab session.
Long Day's Journey Into Night At Combine
We are sitting in the first evening workout during the history of the NFL scouting combine and Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan is noting that it has been a long day's journey into night for not only the quarterbacks and wide receivers clumped together on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf.
Quick Hits: Foes, Mates Salute Burrow; Back-Up QB Debate; Big LBs Still A Must; Don't Forget Last Year's No. 1
Joe Burrow's teammates and foes who surfaced this week at the NFL scouting combine raved about the draft''s presumptive No. 1 pick ... Would the Bengals try to find a vet backup QB if they draft Burrow? ... Why big linebackers are still a must ... Former 'Bama teammate offers scouting report on Jonah Williams.
Week In Review: Burrowing Into The Combine
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals are in Indianapolis for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. The club met with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, but are also looking at making changes with their linebackers. Also this week, the first Media Mock Draft, a Bengals Booth Podcast and one-on-one interviews with national media members.
Bengals Seek Backers Of All Kinds
The Bengals linebackers room is about to undergo a massive change and it could start a good month before the NFL draft when they eye a raft of veterans as free agency opens March 18. It sounds like they're looking for a quarterback on defense, too, whether from the college ranks or the NFL.
Quick Hits: Bengals In All-Out Player Hunt; No Panic On O-Line; Fewer Snaps For Geno, Maybe More For Phillips
"We're way ahead," said defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo here Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine while noting his staff already has their list of pro day visits scheduled. "I've never been this far into the college guys in all my years in the NFL watching them ... We made an emphasis that this is the player acquisition period and nothing else matters to us."
Burrow At Ease In Cincy Pocket If Bengals Call
After a career that saw Joe Burrow secure Ohio's Mr. Football for a win starved Athens High School program he carried to the state championship game and winning the Heisman Trophy in LSU's national championship season, his fresh letter-jacket face is clearly used to being on the front of a franchise.
Quick Hits: 'Manufactured Narrative,' Unlikely Trade At The Top; 'Active Offseason' Includes Free Agency
Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin challenged what he called "a manufactured narrative," that has emerged about his team during the past month when he met the media Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Getting To Know You
It's the "Getting To Know You" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as the Bengals get ready to meet with Joe Burrow and other top draft prospects at this week's NFL Combine. Plus, the latest edition of #AskLap with Dave Lapham talking about the draft and free agency.
Bengals Help NFL Total 397 Million Minutes Worth of Volunteer Time With "Huddle for 100" Initiative
The Bengals and their fans helped the NFL with its Huddle for 100 initiative after the league announced a total of 397,253,630 volunteer minutes from 1,020,846 volunteers donating their time back to their communities.
Bengals Prime For Combine (Don't Forget The Defense)
The Bengals head to Indianapolis this weekend for the first prime time NFL scouting combine with the No. 1 pick in hand in what looks to be a first ballot coronation for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. But it's also a major event for the Bengals defense and its staff as coordinator Lou Anarumo continues to develop his hybrid 3-4 scheme that began to get settled last year as his first season moved on and they hope to have a big haul picking at the top of every round.
Week In Review: Electric Outlook
In the latest "Week In Review," a feature on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and how he electrified his hometown of Athens, Ohio. Also, a Hobson's Choice where Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans, a mock draft and what Bengals legend Willie Anderson had to say about the team's investment in players.
Rodney Heath To Represent The Bengals At The 1st NFL Legends Community Coaching Clinic
Former cornerback Rodney Heath will be representing the Bengals at the first NFL Legends Community Coaching Clinic Feb. 22-23 in Indianapolis during the Scouting Combine. The goal of the NFL Legends Community coaching clinic is to help former players develop as football coaches.
Quick Hits: Big Willie Has His Say; John Ross Burrows Into Workouts
Willie Anderson, the Bengals' all-time right tackle and Pro Football Hall-of-Fame candidate, looked back this week on his career in Cincinnati and questioned the cheap tag that has been applied to Bengals president Mike Brown...John Ross looks to build on last season's first three games while taking in some throws from Joe Burrow.
The Roots And Rising Of Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow uttered electrifying words halfway through his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, which, much like his senior season as Louisiana State's record-breaking quarterback, had been passionate, poised and uncannily accurate. Now this Sunday or Monday at the NFL scouting combine the Bengals sit down for the first time with the NFL's potential No. 1 draft pick. Here's what they'll see across the grease board.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Something To Talk About
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcaster Dan Hoard interviews the Bengals director of college scouting Mike Potts to preview the upcoming NFL combine and draft. Topics include what the Bengals scouts value in the combine interviews, pro days and how they rank prospects.
Week In Review: Illusion And Reality At The Top
In the latest "Week In Review," it's a look at cutting through the noise of illusion versus reality as the Bengals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Also this week, profiles on the two new Bengals assistant coaches, the top moments from the 2020 Senior Bowl and running the option "Netflix or Hulu?"
Colt Anderson Looking To Give Bengals' No. 1 Special Teams A Kick
Darrin Simmons, who has been coordinating the Bengals special teams since Colt Anderson played on them for Butte High School, had the old Montana Grizzly in his sights on his computer screen. The video clicked out of 2016, when Anderson, the Bengals' new assistant special teams coach, played just two games running down kicks for the Bills before he broke his arm. It's that bruising hands-on experience that sold the Bengals.
NFL Vet Walters Knows The Routes
Troy Walters, the Bengals' new assistant wide receivers coach who backed up Cris Carter at the end of his career, gave a few breathers to rookie Calvin Johnson and in between once ran a reverse behind a Peyton Manning block, saw how to get to Canton during 98 games and eight seasons with four teams as a Stanford-smart-steel-belted-second-line NFL wide receiver.
Draft Season: Illusion And Reality At The Top
The Bengals hold the No. 1 overall pick on each day of the draft and that can only mean one thing in the Spy vs. Spy mentality of the NFL. Facts are on sabbatical until selections start the night of April 23.
The date is fitting. The birthday of William Shakespeare. The scribe who covered illusion and reality long before the slings and arrows of Super Bowl I. The guy who wrote, "Foul is fair and fair is foul," (Macbeth) and "One may smile, and smile, and be a villain,'' (Hamlet) would have been a great NFL general manager.