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Cincy Jungle May 24, 2017
7 things we learned from Day 1 of Bengals OTAs

7 things we learned from Day 1 of Bengals OTAs

George Iloka always goes hard, good and bad injury news plus more from Day 1 of Bengals OTAs. The Cincinnati Bengals hit the practice field for the first time this offseason on Tuesday. There, a few players were surprisingly rehabbing injuries while other players who ended the season injured were happily practicing. Here are seven things we learned from Day 1 of OTAs. 1. Clint Boling and George Iloka are doing well in their shoulder surgery recoveries Boling had shoulder surgery in Week 17 of the 2016 season after originally suffering an injury in Week 4, which he played through up until...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
Marvin Lewis not a fan of new NFL celebration rules

Marvin Lewis not a fan of new NFL celebration rules

The NFL became a little more fun on Tuesday but Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t a fan of the change. The NFL made numerous rulebook changes on Tuesday, among them, relaxing the rules for touchdown celebrations. In a candid letter to fans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained how and why touchdown celebrations will be changing for the 2017 NFL season. From Goodell: Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
NFL adopts rule changes to roster cutdown, overtime, IR-return and celebrations

NFL adopts rule changes to roster cutdown, overtime, IR-return and celebrations

The league has changed up several rules for the 2017 NFL season that should majorly impact the Cincinnati Bengals. The NFL has adopted several rule changes that will affect how rosters are constructed, as well as how the game is played. Roster Cuts At the Spring League Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, one of the biggest changes NFL owners approved is to eliminate the first roster cut-down period, which used to force teams to trim their roster to 75 before the final preseason game. Now, there will be just one roster cut down day following the fourth preseason game, which is from a 90-man...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
Numerous Bengals on rehab field for Day 1 of OTAs

Numerous Bengals on rehab field for Day 1 of OTAs

Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard was expected to be sidelined, but some surprising names joined them on the rehab field. As expected, the Cincinnati Bengals have several players not fully participating at the start of OTAs. That includes veterans Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard, who are still recovering from surgeries that will likely sideline them for all of the OTAs. They are working on the rehab field this week, so that’s good news for their recovery timelines. However, there were some unexpected players who joined them on the rehab field, including rookie defensive back Brandon...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
Cincinnati Bengals 2017 Organized Training Activities

Cincinnati Bengals 2017 Organized Training Activities

Everything to know from Bengals OTAs. The Cincinnati Bengals are back on the field for Organized Training Activities (OTAs) and preparing for the 2017 NFL season.
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
Dre Kirkpatrick sidelined with hand injury at Bengals OTAs

Dre Kirkpatrick sidelined with hand injury at Bengals OTAs

Kirkpatrick has his hand wrapped as the Bengals open OTAs. The Cincinnati Bengals are back on the field for Organized Training Activities (OTAs), but cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is unable to participate. Fresh off a massive contract extension, Kirkpatrick has a hand injury that’s keeping him from joining his teammates in practice (*update below). Though, he is still there, and helping 2016 first round pick William Jackson III get up to speed. Eifert, Gio and Uzomah on rehab field. Dre Kirkpatrick here but not working with right wrist wrapped. #Bengals — Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG)...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
Comparing the Bengals’ 2016 and 2017 offensive tackle units

Comparing the Bengals’ 2016 and 2017 offensive tackle units

Some questionable moves were made at offensive tackle by the Bengals this offseason. The Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line was ranked among the best in the NFL in 2015. The unit only allowed 32 total sacks (ninth best in the NFL) and sported the 13th best rushing attack in the NFL (112.8 yards per game). However, things took a bad turn in 2016 as sack numbers went up (41) and rushing effectiveness went down (110.6 yards per game). For better and worse, the Bengals made some significant changes to the offensive tackle position this offseason, and there are major questions remaining to be...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
What we know about Marcus Hardison as he enters his third year in Cincinnati

What we know about Marcus Hardison as he enters his third year in Cincinnati

After suffering back-to-back season ending injuries in his first two preseasons, Hardison is entering his third year with a lot to prove. From health issues to on-field awareness, the third year pass rusher will have a tough road to truly earning a roster spot this season. Finding help for defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been one of the Cincinnati Bengals’ most persisting struggles. In 2011, Atkins assumed the starting tackle spot and racked up 7.5 sacks. The draft that followed saw the Bengals double-down on interior help in the form of Devon Still and Brandon Thompson. Five years have...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
Bengals Bytes (5/23): Get defensive

Bengals Bytes (5/23): Get defensive

What to watch on the defensive side of the ball during OTAs. The Browns owner feels like the winning is about to start. What records could fall next season? Why the Slide?: Carl Lawson After being a star recruit, there was a lot of hype about Auburn edge rusher Carl Lawson. Lawson's college career was hampered by injuries for a few years before having his best season in 2016. While the redshirt junior racked up only 30 tackles on the season, he recorded nine sacks. Some in the media had projected Lawson as a first-round pick, including ESPN draft expert Todd McShay, who projected Lawson in...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2017
3 things to watch for in first phase of Bengals OTAs

3 things to watch for in first phase of Bengals OTAs

Several Bengals are recovering from injuries of varying degrees, while new starters must step up to replace departed veterans. The Cincinnati Bengals will officially open Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday. There, we’ll see the majority of the 90-man roster in town as they work to get into football shape and stay sharp for the 2017 season. But, don’t expect to see or hear from rookie first round pick John Ross as NFL rules require rookies whose colleges operate on a quarter system to graduate (or have their schools’ graduation occur — even if they’re not graduating)...
Cincy Jungle May 22, 2017
The MMQB predicts outcome of Bengals’ 2017 season, where team will rank

The MMQB predicts outcome of Bengals’ 2017 season, where team will rank

The MMQB ranks the Bengals’ roster in comparison to all 31 other teams and offers gives a win-loss prediction for the season. The Cincinnati Bengals continue to go through offseason workouts with OTAs beginning this week. While some things can change between now and Week 1 of the regular season, we know for the most part what the Bengals will look like in 2017, which makes it easier to project what kind of record the team will produce this year. Peter King of MMQB.com doesn’t seem to think the Bengals will be anything special this season. King is power ranking and breaking down all 32...
Cincy Jungle May 22, 2017
Former Bengals kicker Mike Nugent not planning to retire from NFL

Former Bengals kicker Mike Nugent not planning to retire from NFL

Nugent wants to return to the NFL and has a goal to play for eight more years. 2016 was a rough year for former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent. In total, he missed six of his 29 field goal attempts and six of his 29 extra point attempts. In both cases, that is a success rate of 79.3 percent - an absolutely abysmal rate for an NFL caliber kicker and, by far, the worst of his career. In fairness, it’s probably really difficult to have the same make-rate for both field goals and extra points at the NFL level... Unless you’re perfect and that rate is 100%, which would still be...
Cincy Jungle May 22, 2017
Assessing the value Bengals received in drafting Jordan Willis

Assessing the value Bengals received in drafting Jordan Willis

Willis is easily one of the biggest steals from the Bengals’ draft class. The Cincinnati Bengals needed pass-rushers coming into the NFL Draft, and they got one of the best in this class with the 73rd overall pick in Round 3. It came when Cincinnati took Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis, who was regarded as a top-tier pass-rusher in this class, but managed to fall to Day 2 of the draft before the Bengals took him off the board. Willis was a force for the Wildcats last season, racking up 11.5 sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 52 total tackles. That kind of...
Cincy Jungle May 22, 2017
5 reasons why Joe Mixon should start in 2017

5 reasons why Joe Mixon should start in 2017

It is unusual for a rookie running back to be the Bengals’ starter at the beginning of the season. Hopefully Joe Mixon bucks that trend. One thing nobody can deny about Cincinnati Bengals’ 2017 second round draft pick Joe Mixon is that he is very talented. A few years ago, the Bengals’ backfield was mentioned as one of the best in the NFL. Now it features more questions than answers. It even misses out on being a top five Bengals position group. Hopefully Mixon can be the answer to many of the questions in the backfield. But the biggest question as of now is, how early and often he...
Cincy Jungle May 22, 2017
Most likely Bengals from 2016 practice squad to make roster in 2017

Most likely Bengals from 2016 practice squad to make roster in 2017

The Bengals’ roster is very deep after adding 11 rookies in the recent draft. That’s going to make it really tough for last year’s practice squad members to crack a spot on the 53-man roster. The practice squad has become an increasingly important tool for NFL franchises and that’s even more the case with the changes implemented in recent years. The practice squad roster has been expanded the 10 players and another change has allowed for four of those guys to have two accrued NFL seasons. The Cincinnati Bengals have been making good use of their practice squad. The team even...
Cincy Jungle May 22, 2017
Bengals 90 man roster breakdown

Bengals 90 man roster breakdown

The Bengals currently have 89 players on the roster, leaving one spot open on the 90-man roster. The Cincinnati Bengals resume offseason workouts on Tuesday and though these workouts are optional, expect the large majority of the team to be in attendance. That includes 24 rookies, eight first year players, and only four players with double digit years of experience. Let’s take a look at the roster by position and how many years of NFL experience each player has. Note: One year of NFL experience is deemed as playing (or being on an injury list for) six or more games. For example, Tony...
Cincy Jungle May 21, 2017
High school record breaker wants to race Bengals WR John Ross

High school record breaker wants to race Bengals WR John Ross

A female high school track star wants to race the Bengals’ Round 1 draft pick. Tara Davis is the fastest high school student in the country after setting the record for the fastest 100-meter hurdles time in U.S. high school history. The senior at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California, ran a 12.89 second time in the event, marking just the fourth female high schooler to break the 13-second mark in the race. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross took notice of her speed. ✨12.89✨ pic.twitter.com/FQlFWIq3b9— Tara Davis (@tar___ruh) May 13, 2017 And now, Davis has...
Cincy Jungle May 21, 2017
Bengals quiz: Can you identify the second round running backs?

Bengals quiz: Can you identify the second round running backs?

It’s time for our latest edition of Bengals’ themed trivia! Can you correctly identify which running backs were selected in the second round? With the Cincinnati Bengals’ selection of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the team added to an already long history of selecting second round running backs. Of the 24 running backs (and fullbacks) the Bengals have drafted since 1988, an absurdly disproportionate percentage of them, one-third (8 out of 24), have been second round selections. Your task is a simple one. Identify if the following quiz the...
Cincy Jungle May 21, 2017
Cedric Ogbuehi concentrated and excited heading into OTAs

Cedric Ogbuehi concentrated and excited heading into OTAs

The Cincinnati Bengals 2015 first round draft pick has missed OTAs in each of his first two NFL seasons due to injury. Heading into his third season, he’s excited to be healthy and participating. When the Cincinnati Bengals selected Cedric Ogbuehi in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he joined the team while recovering from ACL surgery. Ogbuehi tore his ACL in his final college game and spent all of his first offseason in Cincinnati recovering, as well as more than half of his rookie season. In 2016, Ogbuehi again didn’t participate in early offseason training due to a sports...
Cincy Jungle May 21, 2017
Bengals Bytes (5/21): Eyes on the prize

Bengals Bytes (5/21): Eyes on the prize

One rookie’s story of making the best of a bad situation. How much did the Steelers save by cutting ties with Ladarius Green. Mike Zimmer gets another surgery on his eyes. “I think we’ve got the group of guys in this locker room to achieve our goals.”@JeremyHill33 is excited about the #Bengals offense. pic.twitter.com/46UjYX4qU2— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) May 19, 2017 Doc: Cincinnati Bengals rookie Monty Madaris proves that good can come from bad situations The white suburban guy in the pickup truck cruised the avenues of Mt. Auburn until he found the black 10-year-old he...

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