Quick Hits: Brandon 'I'm Going To Break One Soon' Wilson Returns To Top; Rush Stymies Pass Rush; Higgins Off First Tee
Darrin Simmons, the Bengals assistant head coach who is the NFL's longest-tenured special teams coordinator, has been doing this thing for a quarter of a century. So with Brandon Wilson on pace to have the greatest kick return season in NFL history after the first two games.
Bengals Sign G Alex Redmond To Practice Squad
Alex Redmond (6-5, 320), a fourth-year player out of UCLA, originally was a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2016. He was with Cincinnati through training camp of this year, before being waived on Sept. 6. He has played in 23 career games for the Bengals, with 17 starts.
New Defensive Leaders Take A Stand To Re-Group Bengals
Their three new defenders didn't hide after the Browns hit them up for 215 yards rushing Thursday night. Von Bell, Josh Bynes and D.J. Reader are stand-up guys who know they've been charged to lead their teammates to the next level in ways beyond Xs and Os.
Quick Hits: Uzomah Loss Hits Home; Sample's Turn; Protection Questions; Another Close But No
C.J. Uzomah's loss for the rest of the year is a blow to the locker room...Drew Sample looks ready to step in... Zac Taylor indicates he won't rip up scheme as protection questions persist...Turnovers key to tight wins...Joe Burrow and A.J. Green trying to connect.
Bengals Sign Mason Schreck To Roster, Place C.J. Uzomah On Reserve/Injured
The Bengals signed TE Mason Schreck from the practice squad, and placed TE C.J. Uzomah on the Reserve/Injured list. Schreck (6-5, 252), a third-year player out of the University of Buffalo, originally was a seventh-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2017.
What Zac Taylor, Joe Burrow and the Bengals Said After Week 2 Against The Browns
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, quarterback Joe Burrow, defensive tackle D.J. Reader, cornerback William Jackson III and wide receiver Tyler Boyd discussed the team's performance in Week 2 versus the Cleveland Browns.
Week In Review: Optimism Surrounds Burrow
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals suffer two close losses to open the 2020 season, but have a lot of optimism surrounding quarterback Joe Burrow. Also, in-depth analysis and highlights from the first two games, a feature on Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Willis and how he connected with Paul Brown to help break the color barrier and defensive tackle Geno Atkins makes a significant donation to the Freestore Foodbank.
Reader: 'That Can't Happen,' As Browns Bury Bengals On Ground
You've got to remember. In the 62 games Bengals nose tackle D.J. Reader played for the Texans before coming over here, his proud and perennial playoff Texans defense had allowed more than 200 yards rushing just twice. And not until the last month of last season. So when the Browns put 215 yards on the Bengals in Thursday night's 35-30 uneasy loss, Reader didn't take it too well.
Browns, Clock Run Out On Bengals, 35-30
Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, on his way to three touchdown passes in his first prime-time game, swashbuckled his team back into the game with 5:55 left. But on the ensuing possession the Browns never had to throw it and used the 1-2 ground punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to gash the Cincinnati defense for 75 yards and a touchdown on six carries to put away the 35-30 victory.
Bill Willis and Paul Brown Still A Presence At Bengals-Browns
Bill Willis, who along with his head coach, Paul Brown, helped break pro football's color line when they were in Cleveland, always seemed to get an invite to a Bengals-Browns game in Cincinnati. As the NFL celebrates its 100th anniversary Thursday night in the latest edition of Bengals-Browns (8:20 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12 and NFL Network), the sons reflect on their fathers.
Matchup Of The Game: Burrow, Baker To Display Their Own Swag
OK, let's get it out of the way. With the 2020s belonging to these two guys as two overall No. 1 picks pitted against each other in the same state twice a season, this neighborhood game of automatic quarterback could be the game's matchup every time the Bengals and Browns play for a while.
3 Things To Watch | Bengals Face The Browns On The Road In Week 2
The Bengals play their first road game of the 2020 season facing the Cleveland Browns in the "Battle of Ohio" on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET. Here are three things to watch as the Bengals play on Thursday Night Football for the first time in two seasons.
How To Watch, Listen & Follow To The Bengals-Browns Game In Week 2
Tune in to the Week 2 matchup as the Bengals travel to Northeast Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET. Time, television, radio, live stream, and everything else you need to know to follow the AFC North clash.
Rare Fumble Jolts Joe Mixon Into Battle of Ohio Turf Owned By Bengals Backs
Ever since the Browns came back into the NFL in 1999, the Bengals have owned the trenches. Whether it's been on the riverfront or lakefront, the Bengals have always run the ball against the Browns and Cincinnati has a worthy successor in the tradition when running back Joe Mixon rides into his seventh Battle of Ohio Thursday night (8:20-Cincinnati's Local 12 and NFL Network) on The Lake.
Quick Hits: Takeaways From Flurry Of Bengals Moves
Leave it to a short week and their first prime-time game in Cleveland in 30 years, a 34-13 Bengals' victory that featured "The Ickey Shuffle." Less than 48 hours after losing the opener to the Chargers on a missed 31-yard field goal, the Bengals claimed the kicker the Browns cut following his performance during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.
Bengals Make Player Moves Ahead Of Week 2 Game Against The Browns
The Bengals acquired K Austin Seibert on waivers from the Cleveland Browns and signed DE Amani Bledsoe to the active roster. In corresponding moves, the team placed G Xavier Su'a-Filo on the Reserve/Injured list and waived CB Torry McTyer.
Enter To Win An Autographed Bengals Jersey or Helmet Through The Official Bengals App
Fans have just two more days to enter to win one of 10 autographed jerseys or 10 autographed helmets through the Official Bengals App, presented by Fifth Third Bank. The app is free and available to download in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Bengals Notebook: Situational Simulator; Bullock Looks Ready For Browns; Price Gets Call; Burrow "Empties" Playbook; Bates Thriving In System
If Joe Burrow acted like he had been there before, it's because he had. In fact, his could-have-should-have-would-have storybook drive at the end of his debut was headed into the same end zone where in recent weeks the Bengals conducted their two situational practices inside Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals Notebook: Green Says He Was In For Win, but Burrow Is 'Unbelievable'; Bullock's Tying Kick Denied By Injury; Jonah Settles In; Defense Kept Them In It
Yes, wide receiver A.J. Green thought it was a bad call. Green, who finished his first game since Oct. 28, 2018, thought he had done what he did that day. Set them up for a win in what somehow turned into the Chargers' exasperating 16-13 Opening Day victory over the Bengals.
Burrow's Finish Kicked as Chargers Prevail
It was not a fairy tale by any stretch. After wide receiver A.J. Green was called for pass interference with seven seconds left to nullify a perfect winning touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, Randy Bullock missed the tying 31-yard field goal to the right as he appeared to pull a muscle in the Chargers' 16-13 victory Sunday in the opener at Paul Brown Stadium
Burrow, Bengals Take Half-Time Lead Over Chargers
Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow didn't disappoint when he started the season scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run off a quarterback draw, but it was two defensive stands on fourth down that gave the Bengals a 7-6 halftime lead over the Chargers in Sunday's opener at empty Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals Load Up Front For Chargers
While the only sounds in an empty Paul Brown Stadium were the soft thuds of a football following a catch or a kick and an occasional grunt or laugh from a player during warmups, the Bengals released their first game day inactive list of the 2020s. Then with 90 minute to go before kickoff the music came on.
Media Roundtable: Bengals Blast Off Into New Era
For the first time since the year of the first moon landing, the Bengals start a rookie quarterback in a home NFL opener Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) when Joe Burrow's helmet headset starts cackling back and forth with head coach Zac Taylor's Mission Control. The Bengals.com Media Roundtable believes a Bengals win won't be nearly as miraculous as landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
Numbers Game: While Joe Burrow Hopes To Cook Up A Repeat, A.J. Green And Joe Mixon Look For A Reunion
The last time a Bengals rookie quarterback opened a season at home, man had just landed on the moon. Greg Cook's win over the Dolphins seemed to be a feat just as miraculous ... The stats love it when A.J. Green plays and Joe Mixon totes it ... Name the nine quarterbacks who won their first Bengals starts. You're out if you named Ken Anderson and Carson Palmer.
Bengals Notebook: Geno Streak Snapped At 96 Games As Bengals Turn To Fresh Faces
Perennial Pro Bowler Geno Atkins injured his shoulder last week. While head coach Zac Taylor says he is "day-today," and not serious, Atkins has been ruled out on the Bengals defensive line in Sunday's opener (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) against the Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. That takes an All-Decade player out of the Bengals defense and leaves them with three tackles that weren't on the team last season.
2020 WHO DEY Cutouts Photo Gallery | Fan Favorites
Unable to host fans at their home opener Sunday against the L.A. Chargers, the Bengals ran a fan cutout program to get fans' pictures into seats at Paul Brown Stadium. The team views the program as a success as it raised over $34,000 for six of the Bengals' longstanding community partners and filled the designated endzone sections in the stadium.
Return To A.J. Green's Coveted Grind Marks Another Significant Opener In His Career
Remember this about A.J. Green. Even now, heading into the 2020 season after missing these past 24 games, only one active wide receiver on a roster, Larry Fitzgerald, has more touchdown catches. Only three active wide receivers on a roster have more yards. Only four active wide receivers on rosters average more yards per game.
Quick Hits: A.J. '100 Percent' Go; Geno Doesn't Go Again As Battered DTs Turn To Daniels; Hart Quickens; Always-Thinking Burrow; Chargers May Not Have C Pouncey
These are the sweetest of possible words with a Bengals opener less than 72 hours away. "I feel good. I took the proper rest that I needed for getting this thing back to 100 percent," said A.J. Green Thursday ... But news wasn't so good on the Bengals' other active Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate, eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins (shoulder).
Taylor-Made Takes: 'Guys Are Looking To See How You React And They'll React Accordingly'
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor begins this season's weekly sitdowns wth Bengals.com senior writer Geoff Hobson as Sunday's opener (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) at Paul Brown Stadium looms against the Chargers. Powerful growth of locker-room leadership, how emotional meetings on social justice have brought the team closer together, coaching in a pandemic and Joe Burrow are topics.
Matchup Of The Game: Old Home Opener Pits Bengals' Compelling Rookie Debuts Vs. Chargers
Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's NFL debut (which also happens to be the debut of left tackle Jonah Williams) Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium against the Chargers (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) has turned into an intimate, it's-a-small-world-after-all gathering with no fans but plenty of familiar faces. Starting with Chargers sack ace and old friend Joey Bosa.
Quick Hits: Newcomers Pull Rank In Bengals Captaincies; Geno Battling Shoulder Issue; Bengals Unified And Mum On Anthem Decision
Nearly 40 percent of the players currently on the roster were not on the Opening Day roster when the Bengals opened in Seattle last season. So it's only fitting that three of the seven captains are newcomers.
Bengals Open The 2020 Season Hosting The Chargers
After making it through perhaps the most unique offseason in NFL history, the Bengals return to the field this weekend to open their season against the L.A. Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. The game, however, will be played without fans present, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bengals Sign LB Keandre Jones and G Keaton Sutherland To The Practice Squad
Keandre Jones (6-3, 220), a rookie, originally was a college free agent signee of the Chicago Bears in May, and then was waived on Sept. 3. Keaton Sutherland (6-5, 315), a second-year player out of Texas A&M, originally was a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2019.
Opener Mystery Heightened As Bengals, Chargers Show Off New Looks
After this pandemic preseason of precious little information around a quarantined league, no one really knows what is going to transpire in Sunday's opener (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) at Paul Brown Stadium when the Bengals and their two new quarterbacks (Joe Burrow and Josh Bynes) play the non-Philip Rivers Chargers.
Bengals Notebook: Zac Counting on A.J. Green And His Memorable Openers; Jonah Making A Debut, Too; Sage Bynes Brings LBs Some Needed Mileage
Zac Taylor, who has yet to have wide receiver A.J Green for a full practice in pads in his two seasons as Bengals head coach, says he'll have him in Sunday's opener (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) against the Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals Begin Game Prep
After taking their team picture Monday morning the Bengals returned to the Paul Brown Stadium field (site of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. opener against the Chargers on Cincinnati's Local 12) for a walkthrough and then a light, hour-long practice to kick off the week's preparations. An official injury report won't emerge until after Wednesday's practice, but it appeared head coach Zac Taylor has a shot to get everybody to the gate. Early in practice the only players not working appeared to be eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins and strong safety Shawn Williams.
Quick Hits: Waynes Placed On IR With Chance To Return; Bengals Emerge With More Experienced Roster
Like the rest of what turned out to be a pedestrian Cutdown Weekend, the Bengals' final roster move heading into the week of preparation for next Sunday's opener (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) came as no surprise. Cornerback Trae Waynes, who tore his pectoral muscle before he stepped on the field last month, went to injury recall Sunday and was replaced on the roster by four-year veteran cornerback Torry McTyer.
Bengals' Stake Lone Claim On Back-up Guard Calhoun
Even though the Bengals ruled out quarterback Josh Rosen on Saturday, they did use the No. 1 position to raid the Dolphins on Sunday to make second-year back-up guard Shaq Calhoun their only waiver claim. In order to make the move they terminated the contract of back-up guard Alex Redmond.
Bengals Cut Along The Dotted Line To 53 ... For Now
There is absolutely no suspense as the Bengals release their first try at the 53-man roster late Saturday afternoon and are saving it all for Sunday after they have first crack at the NFL's waiver wire and form their largest practice squad ever with 16 players.
Statement on Fans From Cincinnati Bengals
Today, the State of Ohio announced that it will grant a variance to the Cincinnati Bengals to host 6000 fans at the Oct. 4 home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oct. 25 home game against the Cleveland Browns. No further variances have been issued for other games, including the Bengals Sept. 13 home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Bengals Backfield: Gio, Mixon Lead The League In Ball Security
Ball security has been a way of life in the Bengals backfield, where fumbles have gone to die and Giovani Bernard reigns as the NFL's sultan of certain. According to Elias, Bernard and Joe Mixon have the two longest active streaks in the NFL for rushing attempts without a fumble and haven't done it since they were rookies.