6:20 AM EDT, Mon August 20, 2018
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Jessie Bates reacts to Bengals cutting George Iloka, which effectively makes him a starter

Jessie Bates reacts to Bengals cutting George Iloka, which effectively makes him a starter

The Bengals’ rookie safety is in line to start in Week 1 following Iloka’s release. You know when you work really hard for something and then you actually (maybe surprisingly) get it? That’s basically what happened today for Bengals rookie safety Jessie Bates who went from first-man-off-the-bench to starter when Cincinnati parted ways with long-time starting safety George Iloka. Iloka had been helping to develop the second round pick out of Wake Forest up until his release on Sunday. It’s hard watching @George_iloka leave today...You have taught me so much in the short amount of...
14 hours ago
Bengals shockingly release starting safety George Iloka

Bengals shockingly release starting safety George Iloka

This could mean extensions for Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap are on the way. In a wildly confusing move, the Bengals are releasing starting safety George Iloka, according to Ian Rapoport. The team has since announced the move without releasing a statement. Per Rapoport, it is a financial decision, meaning extensions could be coming for defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap who are set to hit free agency next year. With Iloka out of the picture, second round rookie draft pick Jessie Bates will likely be starting come Week 1. Bates played significant portions of the Bengals’...
15 hours ago
George Iloka’s release doesn’t make sense

George Iloka’s release doesn’t make sense

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that they were releasing George Iloka. We’re still trying to figure out why. According to reports, the Cincinnati Bengals are releasing starting free safety George Iloka. Wow. A source told ESPN the move was related to his performance in 2017. A Bengals source said the team wasn’t happy with how George Iloka played last year, which was pretty clear when they tried to pursue Kurt Coleman at the NFL combine. The Bengals went after him hard but he signed with the Saints. A source told me the Bengals indicated the move was for financial reasons, but as for...
15 hours ago
Bengals cut George Iloka: What it means going forward

Bengals cut George Iloka: What it means going forward

This move will likely have a dramatic impact on the franchise moving forward. The Bengals just had one of the biggest shockers of 2018. Following the team’s preseason win in Dallas, the team cut starting safety George Iloka. It was a move that came out of nowhere and was a major surprise to everyone around Cincinnati, as Iloka had become a valued member of this franchise, not to mention a leader in this defense since earning a starting role in 2013. George one of the good guys. Smart guy, class man, pro's pro— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 19, 2018 So, what exactly does...
16 hours ago
Bengals shockingly release starting safety Georga Iloka, per report

Bengals shockingly release starting safety Georga Iloka, per report

This could mean extensions for Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap are on the way. In a wildly confusing move, the Bengals are releasing starting safety George Iloka, according to Ian Rapoport. Per Rapoport, it is a financial decision, meaning extensions could be coming for defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap who are set to hit free agency next year. A stunner: The #Bengals are releasing starting safety George Iloka, per @MikeGarafolo and me. He’s started every game he’s played in since 2013. Purely a financial decision, but a 28-year-old safety hitting the market at this point...
18 hours ago
Reactions to Bengals’ win over Cowboys in preseason Week 2

Reactions to Bengals’ win over Cowboys in preseason Week 2

The Bengals grabbed their second win of the preseason, but there are still some major areas of concern. We break down what transpired on Saturday night between Cincinnati and Dallas. The Bengals traveled south to Dallas after a nice win to open the 2018 preseason. Though the team has disappointed the past two years, fans were optimistic about what they would see against a seemingly-better opponent in the Cowboys. Unfortunately, what the Bengals gave us on Saturday was a mixed bag. Their vaunted “depth” was on display, as the reserve units scored 21 points, but the starters struggled...
19 hours ago
Jordan Willis makes a statement in Bengals’ win over Cowboys

Jordan Willis makes a statement in Bengals’ win over Cowboys

The Bengals need to figure out how to get Jordan Willis on the field more with the first-team defense. Jordan Willis had an interesting night in Dallas. The second-year defensive end has seemingly been pushing for a starting spot this year, as he flashed enough as a rookie to think he may be may be an upgrade over Michael Johnson at defensive end in 2018. However, Johnson has done enough to maintain his starting spot through training camp and two preseason games, leaving Willis to run with the backups. Making it harder for Willis to see the field is Carl Lawson continuing to get the...
21 hours ago
Jon Brown shines only for Marvin Lewis to say there’s no kicking competition

Jon Brown shines only for Marvin Lewis to say there’s no kicking competition

Jon Brown had a great game, but Marvin Lewis says there isn’t a competition at that position. Jon Brown had a great preseason game against the Cowboys. The former soccer star made all three of his kicks, including a 55-yard field goal and an extra point. However, it appears the Bengals have no intentions of giving Brown a shot at the job. Marvin Lewis: There is not a kicking competition. Solidifies Bullock is their guy.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 19, 2018 That is a very disappointing stance to take at this point. It makes a little sense though. as Randy Bullock only...
22 hours ago
Bengals Bytes (8/19): Fool’s gold

Bengals Bytes (8/19): Fool’s gold

The Bengals grabbed their second straight preseason win, but more questions linger. Instant analysis: Cowboys give Bengals' starters a reality checkBreaking Cincinnati news, traffic, weather and local headlines from The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. Super Subs Lift Bengals To A 21-13 Win Over DallasThe Bengals rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and scored all 21 points in the second half. Need for Earl Thomas among 4 takeaways from Cowboys loss to Bengals4 major takeaways from the Cowboys 21-13 defeat includes another attempt to bring in an outsider to compliment all the in-house...
23 hours ago
Jeff Driskel still looks like Bengals’ best option at backup QB

Jeff Driskel still looks like Bengals’ best option at backup QB

Driskel improved the more he played in his first game as the second-string quarterback. After the hints that third-year quarterback Jeff Driskel would be getting a chance to play behind the first-team offensive line, Driskel did in fact replace Andy Dalton against the Cowboys with the starting line still out there late in the third quarter. But things didn’t go right immediately like they did last week. Driskel’s first pass was a completion to Tyler Boyd, but resulted in Boyd fumbling and the Cowboys recovering. After that, the Bengals protection issues continued and the offense had...
Aug 18, 2018
5 winners and 6 losers from Bengals vs. Cowboys

5 winners and 6 losers from Bengals vs. Cowboys

Some of the teams’ biggest names faltered in big ways on Saturday night. However, depth shined as the team won its second consecutive preseason game. After such a promising start to the 2018 season in the form of the Bengals’ preseason-opening win over the Bears, Cincinnati had a crash landing back to reality in Dallas. The first-team offense was a mess and mistakes plagued the rest of the units throughout the game. Thankfully, the backups helped carry Cincinnati to a 21-13 win that featured a 21-3 run to finish the game after the starters went down 10-0. Though it’s hard to take...
Aug 18, 2018
Bengals starters meaninglessly falter while backups pick up the slack vs. Cowboys

Bengals starters meaninglessly falter while backups pick up the slack vs. Cowboys

It was a struggle early, but the Bengals showed their depth as the backups and third-stringers helped stabilize a poor performance by the starters. Well, that wasn’t good. Nah, more like “ew.” Gross. Find an outhouse (or a porta potty, as the millennials call it), one that’s especially ripe. Remove your hat with the perfectly bent brim, and then dunk your head in the hole. Yes, that hole. It would still be less disgusting than what we witnessed on Saturday. For all the credit Cincinnati earned last week against the Bears, the team lost it Saturday against the Cowboys. There’s...
Aug 18, 2018
Bengals up and down (but mostly down) in 21-13 win vs. Cowboys

Bengals up and down (but mostly down) in 21-13 win vs. Cowboys

Jeff Driskel led a come from behind victory for the Bengals for the second week in a row. After hosting the Bears at home, the Bengals hit the road to face the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night. The Bengals probably left wishing they could have played the Bears again. Cincinnati came out and punted on its first three drives; they didn’t even reach a first down until the second quarter. Once the backups entered the game, however, the pendulum swung the other way. Jeff Driskel and Matt Barkley led the offense to all 21 of the Bengals’ points on the evening, while the...
Aug 18, 2018
OPEN THREAD: Bengals vs. Cowboys Second Half

OPEN THREAD: Bengals vs. Cowboys Second Half

Come join the second-half discussion! The second half is set to begin as the Bengals look to finish off their second preseason game while battling the Cowboys. What is your biggest takeaway from the first half of action?
Aug 18, 2018
Bengals lose Davontae Harris to knee injury vs. Cowboys

Bengals lose Davontae Harris to knee injury vs. Cowboys

Harris was quickly ruled out after going down with a knee injury. The Bengals have lost Davontae Harris to a knee injury. It happened in the second quarter of Cincinnati’s preseason game vs. the Cowboys, as Harris was injured on special teams late in the quarter. He was able to walk off the field and be examined by trainers, and the team quickly announced he was out for the rest of the game with a knee injury. That’s usually a bad sign, and it’s the last thing Harris needs is a serious injury. He’s already in a tight roster battle with Josh Shaw, Keivarae Russell and Darius...