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A.J. Hawk easily integrating himself with Bengals

"I feel very comfortable. I’ve said it before; it’s a great locker room. Guys are really competitive, really encouraging. A lot of camaraderie here," Hawk said. "I noticed that from day one. I felt comfortable since I got here." A.J. Hawk is easily integrating with the Bengals since joining the team as a free agent on March 10, 2015. When the Bengals signed Hawk, who is Green Bay's all-time tackler with 1,118 stops in nine seasons, they acquired a veteran who Marvin Lewis said at the time of signing has, "been productive for a long time at the highest level" and more than capable of...
Cincy Jungle 3 hours ago

Bengals Bites (5/27) - OTA's

The Bengals are happy some players are healthy. We are nervous that some are not. Plus, story lines to watch during the offseason workouts. The Chronicle: Position Battles and OTA storylinesThe Cincinnati Bengals have their first Offseason Training Activity (even though they've been actively training in the offseason) practice this Tuesday. We take a look at some storylines and position battles. ESPN: Four things to watch for Bengals OTAThe voluntary organized team activity (OTA) portion of the Cincinnati Bengals offseason has arrived. For the next three weeks, players and coaches are...
Josh Kirkendall / Cincy Jungle 19 hours ago

Vontaze Burfict rehab to continue "all the way through summer"

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: "Vontaze will be in rehab all the way through the summer. So, he's got a long ways to go. He had surgery in January. That's a surgery that takes a bit." Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict worked with the team on Tuesday, continuing a rehabilitation effort that will span the entire summer. Head coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer,"Vontaze will be in rehab all the way through the summer. So, he's got a long ways to go. He had surgery in January. That's a surgery that takes a bit." Burfict underwent microfracture surgery in late January....
Cincy Jungle 22 hours ago

Giovani Bernard returning punts in Bengals OTAs

Determining the primary kickoff and punt returners will be among the top battles to watch for in OTAs and training camp. Though it's early, Giovani Bernard is among those getting reps with the punt team: Adam, Tate, Alford and Gio back for punts. — Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) May 26, 2015 My reaction to Gio returning punts:
Josh Kirkendall / Cincy Jungle 23 hours ago

Bengals safety George Iloka absent at OTA

Among those not in attendance for today's first OTA practice, George Iloka is probably the most surprising name absent. Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka is noticeably absent from today's OTA session. According to reports, former third-round draft pick Shawn Williams has replaced him in team reps. Iloka not on field — Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) May 26, 2015 Winston first team RT; Shaun Williams in for Iloka at safety — Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) May 26, 2015 No sign of George Iloka at first OTA. One of most interesting absences. Don't know that it means anything yet...

Giants, Bengals will hold joint practices

This will be something new for Giants. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has in recent years resisted the idea of holding joint training camp practices with another NFL team. That will change this year when the Giants and Cincinnati Bengals practice together before their Aug. 14 preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium. The news was first reported on the Bengals official team web site, and details are apparently still being worked out. The Daily News reported that a single joint practice would be held. Art Stapleton of The Record reported...
Cincy Jungle May 26, 2015

Bengals Bites (5/26) - Taking Chances

Should owners be punished for taking chances on troubled players that don't work out? Buy your Bengals recreational vehicle. Marcus Hardison's sack numbers. Owners need to create downside for taking chances on problem players | ProFootballTalkIt's an idea that has been percolating for years. With the latest arrest of Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald, it's time finally has come. NFL teams will continue to give talented players second (and third . . . and fourth) chances because NFL teams want to win. Ray McDonald Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge, Released [Update]Chicago Bears...
Cincy Jungle May 25, 2015

Bengals 2001 Draft Class Defined Lewis' Early Years

Before the longest-tenured coach in franchise history arrived in 2003, the Cincinnati Bengals had an incredible draft just a couple of years earlier. The 2001 class would set a good foundation for Marvin Lewis' arrival. A full decade of football futility surrounded the city of Cincinnati. The 1990s came and went with only one playoff appearance at the onset of the decade, and the Bengals had cemented their place as one of the worst-run franchises in all of professional sports. The team was on their fourth head coach from 1990 to 2001, as well as the umpteenth quarterback under center. Jeff...

The Chronicle: Position Battles and OTA storylines

The Cincinnati Bengals have their first Offseason Training Activity (even though they've been actively training in the offseason) practice this Tuesday. We take a look at some storylines and position battles. Don't get us wrong, there is value in contemplating life's greatest questions: Is there a god? What is the meaning of life? If Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry had a love child, would it look like Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry? ... wait, what? Part of what makes life so great are the unknown variables that exist, complicating or assisting our path toward something disastrous or something...
Cincy Jungle May 25, 2015

Bengals and Giants to hold joint practice in preseason

Marvin Lewis is a fan of joint practices, as he believes it offers up a chance for players after a long training camp of practicing against each other. The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants will hold a joint practice in August ahead of their preseason matchup on August 14, the Bengals first pre-season game of the year. According to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson, the practice will come before the first pre-season game. Joint practices are becoming more and more common in the NFL, and the Bengals are no strangers to them. Back in 2013, the Bengals held a joint practice with the Falcons in...

Storyline of interest: James Wilder Jr at fullback

The Cincinnati Bengals spent last year working on James Wilder's running style and are now are experimenting with him at fullback. One matter of interest for the Cincinnati Bengals during OTAs this week, is the application and implementation of James Wilder Jr in the role of backup fullback. Bengals running backs coach Kyle Caskey, who has a heavy hand in developing Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, is helping change and reform Wilder's running style -- we're talking about a guy that's 6-foot-2 and nearly 240 pounds who runs a little too vertically. In addition to changing his style, the...
Cincy Jungle May 25, 2015

Bengals Bites (5/25) - Memorial Day

Daniel Rodriguez goes from Purple Heart to potential NFL player. What do the Bengals expect from Paul Dawson? Browns not likely for Hard Knocks. Army vet Daniel Rodriguez trying to make most of chance with Rams | ProFootballTalkMemorial Day weekend has its fair share of gatherings around the grill, swimming in sunny weather and other fun, but none of that should get in the way of remembering that the holiday honors those who have given their lives in service to the country around the world. Cincinnati Bengals: Expectations for Paul DawsonThere wasn’t a defensive player that saw his stock...

Extending A.J. Green will be difficult for Bengals

The Cincinnati Enquirer examines how difficult it will be to sign A.J. Green to a long-term deal. There are other factors involved, such as the wide receiver market and the amount of money it will take to ink Green long-term. The Cincinnati Enquirer offers an interesting, though clearly established, perspective on Cincinnati's chances of extending wide receiver A.J. Green. As Paul Dehner Jr. points out, both sides want to get a deal done eventually but this could be one of the more difficult deals yet. Cincinnati would prefer to ink a long-term deal sooner rather than later for obvious...
Cincy Jungle May 24, 2015

Recent Ryan Tannehill Deal Resembles Andy Dalton 2014 Extension

The Miami Dolphins recently signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a big, new contract. While questions about the decision linger, the deal is relatively team-friendly similar to Andy Dalton's contract last year with the Bengals. During the past two offseasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have been busy inking some of their young core players to long-term extensions. The deals for each of these players occurred before their contracts at the time of signing expired, allowing the players to focus on their on-field duties and not have to worry about their upcoming contractual situations. Defensive...
Cincy Jungle May 24, 2015

Vance Joseph's Impact on Bengals

"He's a great teacher, very patient, always puts us in the best position setting us up for success," Dre Kirkpatrick said of his relationship with Bengals defensive backs coach, Vance Joseph. Bengals secondary coach, Vance Joseph has gotten more attention this offseason than he likely received in the rest of his coaching career. It started when Joseph interviewed for the Denver Broncos head coaching position in January. Gary Kubiak ended up securing the job, but then set out on a mission to bring in Joseph as the team's defensive coordinator. That's when the drama really started. The...
Cincy Jungle May 24, 2015

Bengals Bites (5/24) - Dreaming Big

The Bengals backup quarterback has dreams of being a 100 million dollar man. Who will have the biggest rookie impact for the Bengals? Can the Bengals really extend A.J. Green? Bengals' A.J. McCarron Has big Dreams for Andy Dalton and HimselfCincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron is finally feeling healthy after suffering a shoulder injury that kept him out for most of his rookie season. Hoping for a shot at becoming the primary backup behind quarterback Andy Dalton, McCarron shared this about his health Who Will Be the Cincinnati Bengals' Most Impactful Rookie?The Cincinnati...

Former Bengals RB Bernard Scott announces retirement

The Bengals drafted Bernard Scott in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft. Durability issues prevented him from developing an NFL career; he eventually latched on in Baltimore and then the CFL. Well, it's over now. Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott has announced his retirement this week. Scott signed a deal with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts after a one-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens. Scott, a former sixth-round pick, spent four seasons with the Bengals playing 47 games with three starts. He posted 1,035 yards rushing in his career while scoring four touchdowns,...
Cincy Jungle May 23, 2015

Bengals' Goal Line Formation Gives Exciting Possibilities In 2015

The Bengals have a lot of size and talent to use in goal line formations. The obvious use will be to score touchdowns, but another opportunity comes with a possible increase of two-point conversion attempts due to the league's new PAT rule. The annual NFL owner's meetings have recently provided a lot of excitement and annoyances, given all of the changes to rules and the like. On one hand, upping the level of competition and increasing on-field action is always a plus to an already-exciting sport. On the other hand, why fix what isn't broken? Digressing from that sentiment, one such change...

Football Outsiders: Bengals biggest need is slot receiver

Football Outsiders ran through teams in the AFC North, charting the biggest needs for each. The Cincinnati Bengals have a need at slot receiver... and we mostly agree. The Cincinnati Bengals spent the offseason doing three things: Re-signing role players from a slim group of free agents, preparing for scenarios that may not include Vontaze Burfict and drafting players who could be featured in the team's plans if the 2016 group of free agents leave for new homes next year. What they didn't address was slot receiver... at least that's the opinion of Scott Kacsmar with Football...

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