Redmond gets nod vs. Bills

Alex Redmond (right), mixing it up in training camp, got a start Sunday.
Alex Redmond (right), mixing it up in training camp, got a start Sunday.

ORCHARD PARK, NY _ The Bengals made their first major move on the offensive line this preseason before Sunday's game against the Bills when they moved Alex Redmond into the starting lineup at right guard.

Redmond, a second-year player who has been rotating with last year's starter Trey Hopkins, got the call in a rather significant game that is bandied about as "The Dress Rehearsal," for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener in Indianapolis.

Redmond is blessed with power and strength, but he has been fighting consistency and is tied for the team lead in penalties with two false starts in the first two games.

Tyler Eifert appeared ready to start at tight end, or at least play in his season debut. Before the last two games head coach Marvin Lewis has designated Tyler Kroft as the starter in Eifert's spot but he didn't make a designation Sunday.

Even though rookie cornerback Davontae Harris remains out with a knee injury, the Bengals seem to feel good enough about their depth because they didn't bring back veteran corner Adam Jones. Reports before the game against the Bills said the Broncos have, reuniting Jones with Denver head coach Vance Joseph, his position coach in Cincinnati in 2014 and 2015.

Which means everyone can all get together Dec. 2 at Paul Brown Stadium when the Broncos come to town.

Also not playing for the Bengals Sunday were three linebackers, Vontaze Burfict (foot), Vincent Rey (ankle) and rookie Junior Joseph (unknown). Wide receiver Cody Core (unknown) missed his second straight game and rookie guard Cory Helms (unknown) was a scratch.