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  • Bengals pass-rush unit nears the top 10 in PFF ranking
    by NathanBeighle on July 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports This is a pleasant surprise. The Cincinnati Bengals don’t have too many strengths, but their receiving core, secondary and pass-rushing are a few of them. The pass-rushing unit is mainly the defensive line with some help from the team’s lacking linebacker core. In a recent Pro Football Focus pass-rushing unit ranking, the Bengals neared the top 10, and for Cincinnati, any top-15 finish is a good sign. That said, they still weren’t the top-ranked team in the AFC North with Cleveland coming in at No. 3. The Ravens ranked No. 25 and Steelers No. 19. When talking about the pass-rushing unit for Cincinnati, PFF analyst Michael Renner broke down what’s exciting about the line and why Cincinnati broke into the top 15. “We are excited to see what the Bengals’ pass-rush looks like with Carl Lawson back healthy. He looked on his way to outperforming an outstanding rookie campaign before tearing his ACL. Through seven weeks, he had already totaled 25 pressures.” That’s all we got on Cincinnati from Renner. However, that doesn’t mean the return of Lawson is all fans should be anticipating. Defensive end and second-year stud Sam Hubbard may take the next step in his dominance after recording six sacks in his rookie season. He could be a solid sub on longer possessions, potentially even securing a starting role. Geno Atkins, the team’s best defensive tackle and potentially the team’s best player, should be back at the top of his game in 2019. He’s put up nine or more sacks the past four seasons. Expect that type of elite play from him again this season and potentially even a career-best season with an enhanced secondary. Lastly, Carlos Dunlap, a defensive end, is coming off an eight-sack season. One season, the nine-year pro recorded 13.5 sacks. If he can even come close to that, we’re looking at a top-ten defensive line. This is one of the strongest units for Cincinnati, and it’s because of these four above-average players. […]

  • 5 Bengals who could go to their first Pro Bowl in 2020
    by Matt Minich on July 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Cincinnati’s young stars are ready to step into the national spotlight. The Bengals roster is often criticized. While the team certainly has holes and lacks depth, their top end talent is impressive. It is not just known stars like Geno Atkins and A.J. Green. The Bengals have some young talent who are among the league’s best, but have not received the national attention that they would have if they played for another team. Here are five Bengals who could be going to their first Pro Bowl in 2020. Joe Mixon Mixon really should have made the Pro Bowl last year. He led the AFC in rushing and was still snubbed. The Bengals’ new offense promises to focus on the play-action-pass and run game, which would obviously benefit him. Although he will still have to deal with an inadequate offensive line, Mixon should thrive in Zac Taylor’s system. He will build on a stellar 2018 and looks to have a great impact in the pass game as well. William Jackson Jackson had an incredible 2017 and played very well down the stretch in 2018. There are a lot of very good cornerbacks in the league, but if he can get back to his 2017 form, he’ll have little trouble establishing himself as one of the league’s elite at the position. In his first two games against the Steelers in 2017, Jackson allowed zero receptions and knocked down four of eight passes intended for Antonio Brown. And this was when the Bengals’ kept their cornerbacks on one side and didn’t have them shadow a specific receiver. If Jackson is asked to cover an opponents’ top receiver week-in and week-out, it could help him get the national recognition that he deserves. Shutting down Odell Beckham Jr. for two games would be a very nice feather in his cap. Carl Lawson Lawson had 8.5 sacks in a limited number of reps during his rookie season. If the Bengals unleash him in 2019, he could be put up 10 or more sacks. He has great speed off of the edge and an incredible hump move. Lawson has elite pass rush skills. If the Bengals can figure out how to get the most out of him in 2019 he will go off. Jessie Bates There were some very good safeties in the 2018 NFL Draft. Much of the attention focused on Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick. James is a true roll down safety who runs like a defensive back, but hits like a linebacker. Fitzpatrick can play safety and corner, but does his best work in the slot. Bates was the best deep-field safety in that draft. While this got overlooked in the draft process, it showed itself in his rookie year. He started every game of his rookie season and recorded three interceptions. With the benefit of experience and a full offseason, Bates should only improve in 2019. Tyler Boyd In the absence of Green last season, Boyd stepped up big time. His breakout year involved 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns, all career highs. As he enters a contract year, Boyd is likely to thrive in a new offense. Better play calling and a healthy supporting cast will help Boyd as he likely steps into a role similar to that of Cooper Kupp under the new coaching staff. […]

  • Bengals News (7/18): Dayton gets their chance to celebrate
    by PatrickJudis on July 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Dayton was the location of the first American Professional Football Association many years ago. Hobson’s Choice Podcast: Taylor Set For Camp Less-Is-MoreWith his coaching staff still on break and the lone man at his Paul Brown Stadium desk (which can be raised and lowered according to what computer screens he’s finessing), head coach Zac Taylor took a timeout from putting the finishing touches on his first training camp regimen to appear on the latest Hobson’s Choice Podcast. Countdown to Training Camp: Dayton Fans Show Long-Time SupportThe tie-in to Dayton is part of the NFL 100 campaign which celebrates 100 seasons of the NFL. When the Dayton Triangles hosted the Columbus Panhandles at Triangle Park in Dayton, it was the first game of the American Professional Football Association, which would change its name to the National Football League a couple of years later. Clint Boling retirement: Examining roster options, cap ramificationsThe Cincinnati Bengals lost arguably their best offensive lineman this week when Clint Boling went to Paul Brown Stadium and signed his retirement papers due to medical concerns. Bengals 2019 Position Analysis - Wide Receiver/Tight Ends: Several roster spots on lineCINCINNATI (WKRC) - This part takes a look at the wide receiver and tight end positions and who are locks to make the 53-man roster when it's finalized on Aug. 31, who are in a battle to make it and who are long shots to make it: Around the league How it started - First jobs in football for all 32 NFL head coachesWhat he learned: Taylor has his own office now, but when he was a grad assistant just out of college at A&M, the digs weren't so great. He shared an office he described as "the size of a table" with future Bengals assistant offensive line coach Ben Martin. Working for father-in-law Mike Sherman wasn't the easiest thing for a young coach, but it taught Taylor an important lesson: It's OK not to be the one talking all the time. Elway thinks Flacco, Lock will solve QB struggles"It's a hard position to fill," Elway said Wednesday, via ESPN. "We tried to shake all these trees around here the last four years and the quarterbacks didn't fall out. So it's difficult. We've taken a lot of shots, we've tried a lot of different situations. ... Hopefully with Joe [Flacco] we've got it solidified with Drew [Lock] working under him. Tony Romo: Jason Witten will pick up where he left off"He'll pick up right where he left off," Romo said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "I don't think it's a big challenge for Jason. The reality of it is as long as, if you know the game the way he does, there are certain positions -- he plays one of them at tight end -- he's always going to have the nuance to get open. Let's say he runs the exact same he always did, to me, it's just that at that position, your ability to use leverage against somebody, make you think this and then do that. It's like the back pick in basketball. Just all of a sudden, it gets you, and you don't even know it was coming, and that guy is wide open. He's very intelligent with the game of football. I think he's going to pick up right from when he retired. I think you're going to see the same guy." Falcons sign Deion Jones to four-year, $57M extensionTurning 25 in November, Jones is one of the premier linebackers in the game when it comes to pass coverage and his loss to injury last season was a huge blow to the Falcons. Now, with Jones on board for the long haul, Atlanta can seemingly get back to the form it displayed during its run to Super Bowl LI. Free agent Rashard Robinson suspended for 10 games"I will work during my time away to better myself and be ready to contribute when I am eligible this coming season," Robinson said in a statement, via Rapoport. NFL, NFLPA discuss new CBA in 'productive' meetingBoth sides described their encounter in similar terms, releasing the following joint statement on Wednesday afternoon: "Today's meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA's Executive Committee and the NFL's Management Council Executive Committee will continue." Get excited! Only 50 days until 2019 season starts» Only two years into his NFL career, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is already special enough to be compared to Sweetness. Walter Payton and McCaffrey are the only players in the Super Bowl era with 50-plus passing yards, 50-plus rushing yards and 50-plus receiving yards in the same game or the only members of the single game 50-50-50 club. In Week 16 of 2018 against the Saints, McCaffrey had 50 yards passing, 53 yards rushing and 67 receiving yards, while Payton's Week 16 in 1985 against the Lions saw him throw for 50 yards, rush for 81 and haul in 55 receiving yards. […]

  • The 3 players the Bengals can’t afford to lose this season
    by Matt Minich on July 18, 2019 at 11:00 am

    The Bengals’ depth issues are bigger in some areas than others. The most important players and simply the best players on a team are not always the same thing. For the Bengals, the distinction rings true from the right perspective. For example, it would stink to lose A.J. Green again. But if Zac Taylor’s offensive system is as impressive as we all hope it will be, they could overcome. Tyler Boyd has immense talent and stepped into the WR1 role nicely after Green got injured last season. If John Ross and maybe Alex Erickson or Josh Malone could step up their game, the Bengals would be fine. Maybe they even catch lightning in a bottle with Stanley Morgan Jr. or Damion Willis. No one can replace Green, but they could overcome another injury of his. On a similar wavelength, it would also stink if Tyler Eifert got hurt... again, but we’ve been down that road before, many times. He is an excellent playmaker when healthy, but the Bengals have enough skill players that they could survive. The Bengals drafted tight end Drew Sample in the second round. He is more well-known for his run blocking, but C.J. Uzomah and Mason Schreck can do some things in the passing game. Who says they even need to replace Eifert’s production with a tight end? As mentioned above, they have a ton of talented wide receivers. On the other side of the ball, losing Carlos Dunlap would be unfortunate, but the Bengals could overcome this as well. Carl Lawson is an ascending edge rusher. Sam Hubbard is a fan favorite who showed a lot of promise last season. Kerry Wynn and Jordan Willis could also step up and contribute. Green, Eifert, and Dunlap are three of Cincinnati’s best players, but they are not guys that the Bengals cannot afford to lose. If the following three players happen to miss any significant time, then that’s a completely different story. Andy Dalton If Dalton gets hurt, get ready for Tua Tagovailoa. It was fun to watch Jeff Driskel last preseason, and it was the exact opposite when he had to replace an injured Dalton to close out the regular season. The Bengals may like rookies Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala, but nobody in the building wants to see one of those guys on the field next year. It is all on Dalton. He has the ability to run this offense successfully, but if he goes down, the season is over. If Dalton goes down early, expect the Bengals to be on the clock first next April. Geno Atkins The Bengals have struggled for years to add a second interior pass rusher to pair with Atkins. If he goes down, they will be left with none. Ryan Glasgow is a solid player, but he is not someone who will have a major impact on the offense’s pass protection. The Bengals need a healthy Atkins wreaking havoc on the interior and creating opportunities for the edge rushers. William Jackson Yes, the Bengals have a number of talented cornerbacks, but none of them compares to Jackson. Jackson is a true shutdown corner who can be counted on to lock down a team’s WR1. This has a huge impact on what the defensive coordinator can do with the other 10 players. For example, without Jackson the Bengals would likely have Dre Kirkpatrick or Darqueze Dennard matched up on Odell Beckham Jr. when they play man coverage against the Browns, but neither of those players could do it alone. They would be forced to put Jessie Bates over the top. This means Bates wouldn’t be able to do other things, like play center field and make picks. It’s a domino effect. There’s a reason why the top cornerbacks get big paydays. Jackson’s play has a similar impact that will eventually warrant a huge raise. *Jonah Williams Speaking of domino effects, the Bengals losing Williams is really going to hurt. Things were already shaky at best when Clint Boling’s future was “uncertain” at the time Cordy Glenn moved to left guard during OTAs. Now, Boling is retired, and Glenn will be forced to play left tackle. This leaves a lot of questions on the interior offensive line. The Bengals signed John Miller and John Jerry, but neither are necessarily difference makers. Beyond those two are the familiar threesome of Christian Westerman, Trey Hopkins, and Alex Redmond at guard and Billy Price at center. So yeah, not a lot of high quality names remain. Glenn playing left tackle also means that there is no hope of getting anyone other than Bobby Hart at right tackle and the Bengals have no real swing tackle. So they absolutely need that pair to stay healthy. Yes, I am saying that the Bengals need Bobby Hart. If Williams was healthy, he could play left tackle which would’ve allowed Glenn to play left guard or right tackle. Plus, in case of injury, his position versatility being would have been huge. As it is, the Bengals lost arguably their best offensive linemen in Boling and a highly promising rookie in Williams with in the span of a few weeks. This leaves the team in a very tough spot. *Let’s hope I’m wrong, because as we all know, he is already out for the season. […]

  • Top 5 breakout candidates for the Bengals in 2019
    by LB3PTMAN on July 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports We take a look at the five players most likely to have a break out season for the Bengals in 2019 Every year, there is a player for the Bengals who is able to essentially come out of nowhere and be a huge unexpected force. Commonly referred to as breakout players, the Bengals need some guys to breakout and become contributors if they want to change course from the struggles they have had the past couple of seasons. If some of their younger players can be relied on and take the next step, we may see the Bengals make a push for the postseason. With that in mind, let's take a look at the top 5 potential breakout players for the Bengals. 1. John Ross Some people may have a problem with this, as Ross is a much maligned player among the Bengals fanbase. Honestly, you could make the case that last year should have been his breakout year by being able to stay healthy and getting a big role while A.J. Green was injured. But after missing all of 2017, 2018 was essentially Ross’ rookie year, and he clearly is going through some growing pains. This year, though, he is freed from Bill Lazor and Marvin Lewis and gets to work with Zac Taylor who saw how well a similar player could be used in Brandin Cooks with the Rams. If he is able to stay healthy, expect a big year from Ross in 2019. 2. Christian Westerman Bengals fans have been hoping to see Westerman on the field ever since he was drafted. At the time, he was considered a steal that should have gone much earlier and this made Bengals fans excited to see him. Especially as the offensive line struggled and racked up injuries. This year, Westerman is fighting for his roster spot, but he is also fighting for a starting spot. It looks like the Bengals recent free agent acquisition John Miller will be playing right guard, but with Clint Boling retiring, who plays left guard is a major question mark, and Westerman is definitely in play. 3. Sam Hubbard The Jordan Willis experiment in Cincinnati has not yet yielded any great results. He has failed to tap into his great athleticism. At the NFL level, he’s functioned almost purely as a run stopper. If Willis continues to struggle as a pass rusher, the Bengals coaching staff may look at someone else to take the base down snaps at right end. With no one else on the team really the right size to fill that hole, Hubbard would be in line for a big upgrade in snaps even over what he got last season with Carl Lawson out. Hubbard could take the flashes he had last season and perform even better. 4. Billy Price The Bengals offensive line was much better in 2018 than it was in 2017, but it still wasn’t nearly good enough. The Bengals still go into the season with a turnstile at right tackle, but Glenn has shown he can play better at left tackle than he did in 2018. John Miller should be an upgrade for Alex Redmond, and Billy Price should be fully healthy and ready to make a positive impact for the team. Price is one of the biggest wildcards of the season. If he stays healthy, the interior offensive line at least should be much upgraded over where they were a season ago. 5. Darius Phillips With Darqueze Dennard on a one-year contract, the Bengals do not have a long term commitment to him as their slot corner. In 2018, rookie Darius Phillips played in place of Dennard in several games and played very well. With the lack of commitment moving forward, as well as Dennard’s struggles in staying healthy, we may be seeing more of Phillips in 2019. With Phillips and key special teams player Tony McRae able to fill in if necessary, the slot corner position is in good hands if Dennard walks after 2019. […]

 

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