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Cincy Jungle 14 hours ago

Bengals 2016 53-man roster and practice squad: Pre-training camp prediction

Here's our first crack at what the 2016 Bengals will look like. It won't be long until the Cincinnati Bengals open training camp. In the meantime, we'll pass the time with a projection at what the 53-man roster could look like as of today. For several years now, projecting the Bengals' final roster has been rather easy, which is a good thing. That's why this team has made five straight playoff trips with many of the same 40-45+ guys helping make that happen annually. 2016 won't be much different, so here's a look at how the 53-man roster and 10-man practice squad projects heading into...
Cincy Jungle 15 hours ago

90-in-90 Bengals Roster Breakdown: David Dean facing stiff odds at stacked position

You could make a good argument for David Dean being the best undrafted free agent the Bengals were able to sign this year. The Cincinnati Bengals have been among the NFL's best at finding late-round and even undrafted free agent talent at defensive tackle. That's actually a problem for Virginia's David Dean, who looks to be one of the team's best UDFA signings this year, but is facing stiff odds of cracking a roster loaded at tackle. Dean is one of those smaller, penetrating defensive linemen in the mold of current Bengals players at the position in Geno Atkins (6'1"), DeShawn Williams...
Cincy Jungle 17 hours ago

Bengals 53-man roster bubble watch: Quarterback

The Bengals will likely roll with two quarterbacks as they usually do, but who's next in the pecking order? The 2016 NFL season is right around the corner, and the Bengals brass will be evaluating which 53 of the 90 players on the team's offseason roster will make the final roster all summer long. One of the position groups for which the decision-making process will be the easiest is quarterback, where there's no deciding to do when it comes to the 53-man roster. Instead, the decisions will be more in regards to who makes the practice squad and who gets cut completely. Quarterbacks...
Cincy Jungle 18 hours ago

Andrew Luck now makes more than Andy Dalton, George Iloka and Jeremy Hill combined

How many Bengals can be combined together to cost the same as Andrew Luck's new, massive contract extension? On Wednesday, Andrew Luck signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Colts including $47 million fully guaranteed. If you consider only the five year extension, and don't include the 2016 season (during which he'll make $12 million plus a $6.4 million signing bonus), from 2017-2021 the deal averages out to $24,594,000. If you include the 2016 season, the average is $23.3 million per season. The deal makes Luck the highest paid player in the NFL, and it's not even close. Joe...
Cincy Jungle 19 hours ago

Bengals Bytes (6/30): Big bucks

A.J. Green makes the NFL Top 100, and he has a few impressive stats to go with it. Will the Ravens miss back-to-back playoffs? Andrew Luck signed a monster extension. Olympic qualifier news and will Margus Hunt be a big preseason figure? This preseason, Bengals' Margus Hunt should expect early-game repsMake or break. Now or never. Regardless of which phrase he uses, Margus Hunt knows that both apply to his pivotal fourth season as a Cincinnati Bengals defensive end. Mind-blowing stats for the Top 100 Players of 2016: 20-11 including A.J. GreenThe "Top 100 Players of 2016" countdown...
Cincy Jungle Jun 29, 2016

Donte Whitner or Leon Hall a better fit for Bengals?

Who would you rather see in Bengals stripes in 2016? When it comes to the Bengals' secondary, this year's unit can be looked out with a glass half empty or glass half full mindset. Glass half full: You've got four first-round picks at corner, one of whom is a Pro Bowl-caliber player (Adam Jones), another solid contributor in Josh Shaw, and two quality starting safeties back in the fold. Glass half empty: Adam Jones turns 33 this year, Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick have been very injury prone to this point in their young NFL careers and William Jackson III, for all of his talents,...
Cincy Jungle Jun 29, 2016

4 Bengals among NFL's 100 most important people

There's no question the Bengals have had a significant impact on the NFL over the past decade. Two people largely responsible for that were among USA Today's ranking of the 100 most important people in the NFL. It's the offseason, so of course, the best way to pass the time is some form of methodical ranking. While preseason power rankings and way-too-early top-25 polls are the normal methods of torture, USA Today Sports is taking a different approach. They've actually made an informative and informational ranking regarding the 100 most important people in the NFL. As you can imagine,...
Cincy Jungle Jun 29, 2016

4 Bengals veterans who could be unexpectedly cut this offseason

Which Bengals could potentially be on the chopping block this offseason despite their long-term careers in the NFL? When it comes to building a team in the NFL, cuts are an ugly but inevitable part of the business. NFL teams are currently allowed to have up to 90 players on their roster at any given time at this point in the offseason, but they are required to cut that number down to 53 by the end of the preseason. Interestingly, the Bengals only have 89 men on their roster right now, so it's likely they'll sign someone else before the preseason. That said, there are bound to be at least a...
Cincy Jungle Jun 29, 2016

Bengals Bytes (6/29): Juggernaut

The Bengals have developed one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Does Ben Roethlisberger deserve to be in the elite of the NFL? The sports community remembers Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan. Marvin Lewis: 'Buddy Ryan had a huge impact on me'As the NFL world reacted to the passing of legendary defensive mind and personality Buddy Ryan on Tuesday, inevitable remembrances began about the 1985 Bears defense. Arguably, the champions of Super Bowl XX, led by head coach Mike Ditka and Ryan as coordinator, go down as the best defense in the history of football. Cincinnati Bengals WRs coach:...
Cincy Jungle Jun 29, 2016

90-in-90 Bengals Roster Breakdown: Trip Thurman brings versatility to Cincinnati

The Bengals love having versatile offensive lineman when the final cuts are being made, which bodes well for Trip Thurman. When constructing their 53-man roster, the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line tends to include several players with experience at multiple position. With only 53 spots available and eight to nine of them able to be afforded to big uglies, it's critical to have versatile players who can play different positions throughout a 16-game regular season. That's even more true of those final few backup players who make the team. Guys like T.J. Johnson, Scott Kooistra, Dennis...
Cincy Jungle Jun 28, 2016

Bengals rookie receiver Tyler Boyd improving, but 2016 role not set in stone

The Bengals coaches have liked what they have seen out of rookie Tyler Boyd in camps so far, but that doesn't mean he's guaranteed to be one of the top receivers on the depth chart. After a half-decade filled with roster continuity, the Cincinnati Bengals are experiencing a bit of transition this year. Sure, some of the players have been in and out of the lineup because of injury, but most of the names the team had been relying on were with Cincinnati for a while. Wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones were two solid contributors on offense from 2012-2015, but free agency has forced...
Cincy Jungle Jun 28, 2016

State of AFC North: Browns worst of the worst? James Harrison responds to NFL

The Browns are teaching Robert Griffin III the fundamentals of quarterbacking. Jerraud Powers is making the most of his shot with the Ravens. And James Harrison responds to the NFL's plan to meet with him about the Al-Jazeera report. As the offseason continues, we take a look at some headlines around the AFC North to see what the competition is up to this summer. The Ravens have a couple of safeties who are surprising coaches and teammates. The Browns have the worst triplets on both sides of the ball (and no one is surprised). And the Steelers released long-time kicker Shaun Suisham who...
Cincy Jungle Jun 28, 2016

Bengals Bytes (6/28): Offseason of loss

A former Bengals linebacker was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. James Harrison says the NFL has to come to him if they want to interview him about PED use. How naive is Adam Schefter? Training camp preview: Cincinnati BengalsConor Orr is breaking down all 32 teams across the league, and previews what to expect come training camp in July. Will the Cincinnati Bengals be able to rebound from key offseason losses? Dan Skuta arrested, charged with misdemeanor battery Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested in the early morning of Sunday, June 19th on misdemeanor...
Cincy Jungle Jun 28, 2016

90-in-90 Bengals Roster Breakdown: Will Deshawn Williams make the 53-man roster?

Bengals defensive tackle Deshawn Williams will be looking to overcome the odds in his second year in the NFL and survive final cuts. The 2015 NFL Draft came and went for DeShawn Williams without hearing his name called. The talented defensive tackle out of Clemson was praised for his use of hands, strong upper body, and ability to eat up blocks. But, criticisms about his short stature, play strength, and issues in the pass rush caused him to be projected as a sixth round pick at best. After the Draft, he was still looking for a team to sign with and ended up landing with the Bengals. In...
Cincy Jungle Jun 27, 2016

Who is the most overrated Bengals player of the last 20 years?

Carson Palmer? Chad Johnson? T.J. Houshmandzadeh? Who is your pick for the most overrated Bengals player of last 20 years? Every team in every sport has them: Players who are a rated by fans and/or the media higher than they probably deserve to be. This is known as being overrated. For the Bengals, there's no shortage of players in the past two decades who you could make that argument for. Whether it was Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, Deltha O'Neal, Marvin Jones, Domata Peko or Andre Smith, there's been several players who you could make this claim for and against. The Sporting News...
Cincy Jungle Jun 27, 2016

Carlos Dunlap's production highlights value Bengals received from 2013 extension

The Bengals have used the past few offseasons to extend their core players. In 2013, defensive end Carlos Dunlap received an extension that has provided great value because of the Dunlap's outstanding production. Sometimes Draft risks end up paying off. It's why some teams just can't stay away from very talented youngsters in the annual NFL festivities, despite their red flags. Because of his contributions on and off-the-field for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2010, few fans readily remember Carlos Dunlap being viewed as a "boom or bust" player by some pundits, who pointed at an inconsistent...
Cincy Jungle Jun 27, 2016

Brandon Tate says he's an "under-the-radar" guy at youth camp

These two Bengals players know what it's like to grind and compete their way to a roster spot and each sought to help youth football players learn a little more this past weekend in North Carolina. Brandon Tate and Vincent Rey’s paths to the NFL started at rival schools under different circumstances. Tate is a former North Carolina Tar Heel while Rey played for the rival Duke Blue Devils. Tate was considered to be one of the more talented receivers available in the 2009 NFL Draft, but slipped into the third round due to a torn ACL and MCL in his senior season. Rey flew completely under...
Cincy Jungle Jun 27, 2016

Leon Hall picking between Bengals and Cardinals, per report

It continues to look as though Leon Hall is deciding between re-signing with the Bengals, or joining a new team for the first time since being Drafted by the Bengals and leaving Cincinnati for the Arizona Cardinals. The prolonged free agency of Leon Hall should be coming to an end soon. We already know Hall wants to make his decision as early as this week, and it's believed that the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals are two teams in the running for his services. Jordan Raanan of NJ.com took it a step further with his recent report that those are the two teams Hall is deciding...
Cincy Jungle Jun 27, 2016

Quiz: Name the Bengals receiving yard leaders per season

How many of the Bengals' receiving yardage leaders can you name? Can you name them all? As we anxiously await the start of training camp just over a month from now, we're passing the time by playing and challenging you to a few Bengals-themed quizzes! In this quiz, every Bengals season is listed from 1968 through 2015. Your mission, if you choose to accept (and obviously you want to accept), is to type in the names of the Bengals' season leaders for receiving yards in each season of the team's existence. To make it easy, you only need to type in LAST NAMES, and to make it easier, you can...
Cincy Jungle Jun 27, 2016

90-in-90 Bengals Roster Breakdown: Ryan Brown looks to boost thin DE depth

Ryan Brown has a great chance to remain with the Bengals heading into the season, though it may come via the practice squad. With training camp over a month away, the Bengals still need to figure out their defensive end rotation. After established veterans Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap, there's no other proven pass-rusher on the roster who can back those two up at end. Because the Bengals didn't spend a draft pick on any pass-rushers, that means some under-the-radar names could end up making the 53-man roster this year. Perhaps none of them have as a good of a shot at doing so than...

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