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Cincy Jungle 10 hours ago

Bengals salary cap breakdown: Secondary

With Terence Newman gone, the Bengals' secondary takes a dip in total early this year. The Bengals defense may have struggled in 2014, but their secondary was still among the NFL's best. Led by a host of veteran defensive backs, Cincinnati finished 2014 ranked third in opposing QB rating while also intercepting the third-most passes (20) and allowing the third-fewest touchdowns (18). As good as the entire secondary was, it's not being paid that much as a whole in 2015. Here's a salary breakdown in 2015 for the Bengals' secondary: POS. BASE SALARY SIGNING BONUS ROSTER...
Cincy Jungle 14 hours ago

Bengals Moments: Beating the Steelers December 2005

"It used to be Pittsburgh's time," said Chad Johnson after the Bengals beat the Steelers in December 2005 and began the changing times for the team. "Now it's Cincinnati's time." In 2005, the Steelers had won the AFC North eight times since the Bengals last held the crown and the Steelers looked at the Bengals as the whipping boys in the AFC North. They Bengals were looking to prove they too could be viewed as the top team in the division and on December 4, 2005 they took the first step in changing the long-held negative mindset associated with the team. The Bengals were visiting Hines...
Behind the Steel Curtain 18 hours ago

CBSSports.com ranks AFC North as best division in NFL Divisional Power Rankings

The AFC North houses the Steelers, Bengals, Ravens and Browns. See why CBSSports recently placed the division as the top division in their Divisional Power Rankings. How would the AFC North rank in regards to all the other divisions in the NFL? Well, according to CBSSports.com, they would place the division which houses the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns at the very top. In their Divisional Power Rankings, CBSSports.com has the AFC North in first, not for their postseason success, but for the competitiveness of the division and regular season...
Cincy Jungle 19 hours ago

Bengals Bites: Motivation

Jeremy Hill motivated to build on breakout rookie season.The rise of Hill last year was unexpected to say the least, but now everyone is expecting him to have a monster 2015 season. He and Giovani Bernard could form the best backfield in football. If Hill just plays at the level he did the second half of last year, he'll be in the discussion for a Pro Bowl berth while keeping Cincinnati in the playoff hunt. Cincinnati Bengals draft classes 2010-14: A look back.The Bengals have been one of the NFL's best drafting teams since 2010, and Cleveland.com took a look back at some of their best and...
Cincy Jungle Jul 4, 2015

Bengals salary cap breakdown: Outside Linebacker

Outside linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey will combine to make $8.2 million in 2015. The Bengals will be paying their outside linebackers quite a bit in 2015 after the group struggled to produce in 2014. A big reason why the unit's play dropped last year was Vontaze Burfict never being himself. Injuries limited him to about three full games worth of football before his season ended with a knee surgery. He's currently set to make $5.2 million in 2015, though he may end up opening the season on PUP. If that's the case, Vincent Rey will slide into his starting spot at weakside...
Cincy Jungle Jul 4, 2015

4 Bengals represented in NFL.com 2015 Triplets U Tourney

Jeremy Hill, Gio Bernard, AJ McCarron and A.J. Green represent the their respective college teams in NFL.com's Triplets U bracket tournament. Which Bengals represent the cream of the crop from their college teams? NFL.com is pooling all current NFL rosters to come up with the 32 best quarterback, running back and pass catcher trios among student-athletes at their respective schols. All representatives on the list are currently employed as pro football players, though they may not be starters, or have even played in an NFL game. A team of NFL.com employees, led by Dave Dameshek are...
Cincy Jungle Jul 4, 2015

Top 10 Potential Bengals Breakout Players 2015: The Honorable Mentions

Though the list of the top 10 players has concluded there are a few other players to keep an eye on as potential "breakout" players that didn't quite make the cut. It was a tough call going through the top-10 Bengals breakout players of 2015, but it has finally concluded. Still, there are some good players who were bypassed and we wanted to give them a nod in anticipation of their 2015 performances. Ryan Hewitt: The guy was crushing people last season and is one of the unsung heroes of this team. A perceived increased emphasis on the running game could bring Hewitt more into the limelight...
Cincy Jungle Jul 4, 2015

Bengals Bites: Happy 4th of July

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend! Happy 4th of July from all of us at Cincy Jungle. Thanks for helping make us the go-to site for the latest and greatest Bengals news, as well as the No. 1 Bengals podcast there is in Inside the Jungle. You guys rock! Have a happy and safe 4th of July! WHO DEY! pic.twitter.com/6VyOQjddgU — Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 4, 2015 Your Bites NCAA scrutiny on big-time NFL prospect Laremy TunsilAs of now, Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is one of the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft, possibly even the No. 1-overall player. He's at least...
Cincy Jungle Jul 4, 2015

Bengals Moments: Beating the Oilers 61-7

''I just don't like Jerry Glanville,'' Bengals head coach Sam Wyche said after the game. "'I don't like phonies and I don't think Jerry is a very genuine guy." It was December 18, 1989. The Bengals were leading the Houston Oilers 45 – 0 in the fourth quarter. Instead of simply kicking the ball back to the Oilers on the kickoff, Cincinnati executed an onside kick, which allowed them to regain possession of the ball. As shocking as this may seem now, it fit right in with the Bengals’ game plan that day. The fourth quarter alone showed the Bengals throwing on first down, going for it on...
Cincy Jungle Jul 3, 2015

CIncy Jungle Interview On AM 1300 The Zone In Austin, Texas

Cincy Jungle's Anthony Cosenza joined Rod Babers and Jeff Howe on AM 1300 The Zone In Austin, Texas on Thursday. He previewed the Bengals' 2015 season and gave his perspective on a variety of topics. For the past few years, I've been privileged enough to join the good people at AM 1300 The Zone in Austin, Texas to preview the Cincinnati Bengals during their pre-Training Camp whip-around. Former NFL player Rod Babers and University of Texas sports reporter Jeff Howe hosted me on Thursday evening to talk about Cincinnati's 2015 outlook. What has been the key to the team's success in their...
Cincy Jungle Jul 3, 2015

Q&A with George Iloka on favorite Bengals moments, 2015 outlook

Rebecca Toback spoke with George Iloka to hear about what he's looking forward to this season, his favorite moment as a Bengals player and much more. George Iloka has enjoyed the offseason, working out with Carlos Dunlap, Sean Porter and friends from other NFL teams, too. Though he didn't participate in OTAs due to what's being called a minor injury, he should be ready for Training Camp come July 31. Iloka spoke with Cincy Jungle's Rebecca Toback recently to discuss his outlook on the 2015 season, how he's spent his offseason and the player who has most influenced his NFL career. If you...
Cincy Jungle Jul 3, 2015

72 days until Bengals' regular-season opener

Howard Fest and Matt O’Dwyer highlight the list of former Bengals to wear No. 72. The countdown to Cincinnati's regular-season opener is now at 72 days. Here's a look at all of the former Bengals to wear No. 72: Howard Fest ................... 1968-75 Ron Hunt ........................ 1976-78 Mack Mitchell .................. 1979 Mike St. Clair .................. 1980-82 Skip McClendon ............. 1987 (Games 1-2) Keith Cupp ...................... 1987 (Games 3-5) Skip McClendon ............. 1987 (Games 6-15), ’88-91 Elston Ridgle .................. 1992 Scott Brumfield...
Cincy Jungle Jul 3, 2015

Top 10 Potential Bengals Breakout Players 2015: No. 1, Jeremy Hill

We conclude the ten potential Bengals breakout players with a second-year guy that has star potential written all over him. I know what you're thinking: "Didn't Jeremy Hill 'breakout' last season as a rookie with the Bengals?". In a way, yes, he most certainly did. The former LSU Tiger exploded onto the NFL scene at the end of the year with 929 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the final nine games of the season. With the amount of injuries the team limped through during the back stretch of the year, Hill and the offensive line carried the team to the postseason once again in 2014. Still,...
Cincy Jungle Jul 3, 2015

Bengals Bites: NFL News Dump

We saw a flurry of suspensions come out yesterday prior to the 4th of July weekend beginning. Will we see more today? 4 NFL players suspended for PED and drug useThe NFL is notorious for announcing negative news prior to a major holiday. That's why it wasn't a real surprise to see them announce four different suspension on Thursday before the 4th of July weekend begins. Will we see more news break today? Patriots QB Tom Brady and Panthers DE Greg Hardy are currently appealing their own suspensions, so maybe we see the NFL announce a decision on one or both of them today. Cowboys and Dez...
Cincy Jungle Jul 2, 2015

Antonio Gates among 4 NFL players suspended to start 2015 season

Packers linebacker Datone Jones, Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain, Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson and Chargers tight end Antonio Gates were all suspended by the NFL on Thursday. On Thursday, the NFL announced the suspensions of four players for the 2015 regular season, most of which are four-game suspensions. The biggest player to face suspension is Antonio Gates. The San Diego Chargers tight end was suspended for four games for violating the league's Performance Enhancing Drug Policy. Gates was quick to take to the team's official website to post an apology for the suspension,...
Cincy Jungle Jul 2, 2015

POLL: Position Bengals should add player at before training camp opens

There's still several positions on the Bengals roster that could use another body at before camp opens. The Bengals didn't have many holes to fill this offseason, but they did do a decent job of addressing their weaker position groups. Coming off four straight playoff appearances, Cincinnati's roster is one of the deepest of any NFL team. They've also done well at avoiding glaring holes that could prevent them from being contenders in the AFC. However, that doesn't mean the Bengals are without weakness, nor that they shouldn't add at least one more player before training camp opens later...
Cincy Jungle Jul 2, 2015

Bengals Moving To Youth At Defensive Back

Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson joined our Inside the Jungle podcast and talked extensively about the team's defensive back situation. When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted two first round cornerbacks in a two-year span, it seemed obvious that a shift to youth would happen at some point. That shift has been slow, but 2015 seems to be a true start of youth in the defensive backfield. The needle is mainly pointing to Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard at corner, but there are other talented players who don't have the first round billing of those two. Sixth-round safety Derron Smith,...
Cincy Jungle Jul 2, 2015

Bengals salary cap breakdown: Offensive Tackle

The Bengals could go from ranking fourth in total salary spent on tackles in 2015 to 30th in 2016 if Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth aren't re-signed. It comes as no surprise the Bengals' offensive tackle group is one of the team's highest-paid position groups in 2015. That should be the case when the tackles are what anchor one of the best offensive lines in football. Led by stalwart left tackle Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati should once again have one of the NFL's best lines in 2015. Whitworth's $6.2 million salary is a bargain considering he's been one of the best linemen in...
Cincy Jungle Jul 1, 2015

Inside the Jungle - Episode 201

Join us tonight at 9 PM ET as we record Inside the Jungle. Get in touch! To listen to this podcast, log on to http://cincyjungle.com/podcast
Cincy Jungle Jul 1, 2015

4 Bengals make All-AFC North Team on NFL.com

The Bengals, Ravens and Steelers are three perennial playoff teams, so it's no surprise how many of their players make up the NFL.com's All-AFC North team. It's no secret the Bengals have one of the best rosters in the AFC. Even in the stacked AFC North, Cincinnati has as impressive of a roster as you'll find. They have to, playing in the same division as Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who've combined for three Super Bowl wins and six conference championship appearances in the past 10 years. The Bengals may be poised to make a playoff run of their own with the team they'll field this...

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