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Marvin Lewis says Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict’s suspension ‘doesn’t hold us back’

The Bengals head coach isn’t worried about his star linebacker possibly missing the start of yet another season after a PED-related suspension from the league. News broke recently that Vontaze Burfict was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the league’s Performance-Enhancing Drug policy. The suspension is tied to medicine Burfict claims he was prescribed following his concussion suffered from JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hit in the Bengals’ second meeting with the Steelers last season. It doesn’t seem that Burfict’s head coach was surprised or concerned by Burfict’s...

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William Jackson III should shadow top receivers in 2018

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson III missed his first season due to injury but became the number one cornerback for them in 2017. After another disappointing season for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017 there are things that are lost in all of the bad that happened. One of those is cornerback William Jackson III. Even […] William Jackson III should shadow top receivers in 2018 - Stripe Hype - Stripe Hype - A Cincinnati Bengals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Bengals re-singing Tyler Eifert shows organizational wisdom

After a quiet start to the week on the Eifert watch, the Bengals kept their star-crossed tight end. And, even though he’s battled injuries, the team is better for re-signing him. If you had told analysts and fans that the Cincinnati Bengals would have made four signings before the close of the second day of free agency, most would have pegged you as crazy. Yet, despite our own preconceived notions, Cincinnati has added defensive tackle Chris Baker and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, while re-signing Kevin Huber and Tyler Eifert. And, on Friday the team signed linebacker Preston Brown. For...

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Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict facing 4-game suspension for PED use

If Burfict loses his appeal this would be devastating news for the Bengals. The Cincinnati Bengals have had an amazing week, so of course, something bad had to happen. It came Friday afternoon, just hours after the Bengals made a major splash signing free agent linebacker Preston Brown. But now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, current Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy. However, Schefer also reports that the issue may have been for medication prescribed to Burfict for his concussion suffered against the Steelers...

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Bengals beat out 49ers and Rams to get back Tyler Eifert

Eifert had a few options to choose from in free agency. The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed Tyler Eifert to a one-year deal to remain in Cincinnati. But, it didn’t come without competition. According to Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson, Eifert was sought after by two California teams in addition to the Bengals. The Bengals, believed to have edged out the Rams and 49ers in the Eifert Derby, are delighted to get him back despite his injury history that has knocked him out of more than half his 80 NFL games. It was surprising how little news there was regarding Eifert from the time the legal...

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Bengals re-sign TE Tyler Eifert to 1-year deal to remain in Cincinnati

This is huge news for the Bengals and one of the team’s best offensive threats. The Cincinnati Bengals have reached a deal with Tyler Eifert to keep the tight end in Cincinnati, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. The deal is for one-year, which is not a surprise considering his injury history. The details are not yet available but it’s likely to be an incentivized deal considering how often he’s been off-the-field in his NFL career. Bengals’ TE Tyler Eifert reached agreement on a one-year deal and is staying in Cincinnati, per league source. Top available TE off the board.— Adam...

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Bills signing AJ McCarron to 2-year contract

AJ McCarron has found his next home. The AJ McCarron era with the Bengals is now officially over. On Wednesday, the Bills announced they had signed McCarron to a two-year deal. For now, he’ll be projected as Buffalo’s starting quarterback heading into the 2018 season after they traded Tyrod Taylor to the Browns. The only time when McCarron has been able to start for the Bengals was in 2015 when Dalton went down with a thumb injury. In Dalton’s place, McCarron put up 895 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions in four starts (five games). He also nearly led the Bengals to...

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Poll: Did Bengals do good trading for Bills LT Cordy Glenn?

The Bengals just made a big-time trade for a starting left tackle. The Bengals have surprised fans and analysts alike and entered the Cordy Glenn trade sweepstakes. The Bengals will be swapping first round picks with the Bills (No. 12 for No. 21) and the Bills will give the Bengals their fifth round pick in exchange for the Bengals’ sixth round pick. The Bengals didn’t lose any draft picks quantitatively but now have a worse spot in the draft order in the first round. Glenn had a down and injury-plagued 2017 season in which he only played five games, but prior to that he was a...

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What kind of contract could Tyler Eifert land in free agency?

What kind of contract will Tyler Eifert command in free agency What will Tyler Eifert do now that he’s set to hit free agency for the first time in his NFL career? That remains a mystery heading into next week’s start of free agency. The Bengals would love to keep their talented tight end, but they’re also not going to break the bank for one of the most injury-prone starters in the entire NFL. Those health concerns are why Eifert is a very hard player to project in terms of what kind of contract offers he’ll command in free agency. Based on his history, Eifert will likely command...

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Texas OT Connor Williams proving he’s ready to be a Round 1 pick

The Texas offensive tackle put up impressive numbers while in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams has been a popular mock draft pick for the Bengals early on this draft season. He was injured for much of his last season at Texas, but returned earlier than expected from the injury and left off just about where he was pre-knee injury. He didn’t play in Texas’ bowl game, but that was just precautionary to stay healthy as more and more college players are now doing as they await the NFL Draft. Texas OT Connor Williams on his decision to sit out the...

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Duke Tobin speaks on Tyler Eifert’s impact on Bengals, impending free agency

The Bengals want to keep Tyler Eifert, but his free agency is very hard to project after injuries wiped out most of his last two seasons. Tyler Eifert is inching closer toward signing his first non-rookie contract. With free agency opening soon, Eifert is hoping to cash in on his first big NFL payday. However, injuries throughout his career — including back surgery that cost him most of 2017 — will likely lead to him signing a one-year prove-it deal. Does that mean the Bengals will be able to keep Eifert? Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin spoke on that subject while...


Steelers GM Kevin Colbert confirms Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has made tremendous progress since undergoing spinal surgery to repair the serious injury he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals last season. He’s out of the hospital and is already working his way toward walking on his own power in a relatively short span of time. But regardless of what happens […] The post Steelers GM Kevin Colbert confirms Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Duke Tobin explains Bengals’ side of what went wrong with AJ McCarron grievance

Plus, why AJ McCarron was never given a chance to be the Bengals’ starting quarterback and Duke Tobin’s thoughts on Andy Dalton. So, what went wrong with AJ McCarron’s litigation? Many among the NFL media thought the Bengals would win the case the backup quarterback brought to light against the team. McCarron claimed he was unfairly designated on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list at the start of his NFL career. The Bengals felt they rightly put him there. Now, McCarron is set to be an unrestricted free agent after an independent arbitrator deemed he was unfairly put on that...

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Pittsburgh Steelers: GM Colbert announces Ryan Shazier’s status for 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager, Kevin Colbert, announced Ryan Shazier’s status for the 2018 regular season on Wednesday morning. Since Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Ryan Shazier, went down with a severe spinal injury against the Cincinnati Bengals last December, we’ve all been wondering what that means for his football career. While that’s definitely not the most important […] Pittsburgh Steelers: GM Colbert announces Ryan Shazier’s status for 2018 - City of Champions - City of Champions - A site dedicated to covering Pittsburgh Sports

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Bengals Bytes (2/27): Focusing on the offensive line at the Combine

The Bengals should be focusing on their greatest position of need at the draft. Bengals position outlook: QuarterbackThis is one of a series of articles in which Joe Goodberry evaluates the Bengals' strengths, weaknesses and needs at each position. The Bengals have... TE Tyler Eifert medically cleared for OTAs as free agency loomsBengals tight end Tyler Eifert has remained upbeat despite numerous injuries that sidelined him for much of the past two seasons. Now, as he prepares to become an unrestricted free agent, Eifert has gotten the good news he's been hoping to hear. A source told ESPN...

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John Ross opens up about disastrous rookie season

John Ross is taking the blame for his failed rookie season, and he’s ready to rebound from it in 2018. John Ross is ready to prove himself all over again. After being drafted No. 9 overall by the Bengals in 2017, it looked inevitable that Ross would be a major player in Cincinnati. However, injuries and a lack of playing time helped prevent him from ever making an impact. Part of that was due to offseason shoulder surgery that caused Ross to miss training camp and be limited in the preseason. He talked about that ordeal with Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson and how his body was never quite...

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Tyler Eifert cleared for OTAs

For now, Tyler Eifert is good to go for OTAs and the 2018 NFL season. Tyler Eifert is inching closer toward being fully recovered from surgery. As you may recall, Eifert underwent back surgery during the 2017 regular season, followed by a minor procedure to have a cyst removed from his knee. Now, it appears Eifert is healed enough that he can take part in OTAs when they begin in April, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. NFL teams have begun to be notified that Bengals’ free-agent-to-be TE Tyler Eifert, who underwent micro-disc surgery last season, was cleared last week by Dr....

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2018 Bengals free agency profile: Offensive lineman Andre Smith

Since joining the NFL in 2009, Andre Smith has played nearly his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Will he re-sign with the team this offseason? Offensive lineman Andre Smith has had one of the most unique NFL careers of any player in recent memory. After being selected at No. 6 overall by the Bengals in 2009, Smith’s career got off on the wrong foot (see what I did there?). After getting through various injuries in his first two professional seasons, Smith then began to play at a near-Pro Bowl level at right tackle. Unfortunately, more injuries ensued and he went on to spend...