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06-23-2014, 07:58 AM
AFC Team-by-Team OTA Notes By Adam Levitan 10 hours ago Rotoworld (http://rotoworld.com)

There are so many notable scheme changes for fantasy football this season. One of the most obvious ones to me is in Cincy, where new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will be switching to a run-based scheme that sets up the pass. It’s a no-brainer move due to Andy Dalton’s talent limitations, and it means A.J. Green is my WR7 right now – behind Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson and Julio Jones. It also means Dalton has been downgraded to low-end QB2 status despite finishing as fantasy’s No. 5 quarterback last year. He’ll act as a caretaker of the offense more than a playmaker now, pushing closer to Russell Wilson’s 407 attempts than his own 586 from last year.

The clear beneficiaries of that scheme change will be starter Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill. Hill has run ahead of incumbent “big back” BenJarvus Green-Ellis ever since he stepped foot in Cincy, highlighting Jackson’s tendency not to mess around – he identifies talent and puts it in a position to succeed. I think there’s enough room for Gio to get 16-20 touches and Hill to get 7-9 plus goal-line work. “We’re just going to smash your face in – basically,” said Bernard of the new offense. Green-Ellis, now a third-stringer, may not be active on Sundays even if he sticks on the 53-man roster. … Another winner of the Jay Gruden for Hue swap is Marvin Jones. Inexplicably forced to rotate with Mohamed Sanu last season, Jones will now be an every-down player opposite Green while Sanu is going to be a role player and slot man. Simply a good football player that has shown a knack for making incredibly difficult catches, Jones is on my green highlighter list. Former Rotoworld boss Gregg Rosenthal has a good writeup on Marvin here (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000360193/article/making-the-leap-no-17-bengals-wr-marvin-jones).


06-23-2014, 08:45 AM
Cincinnati Bengals: Returning players to watch for in 2014June 22, 2014 by Megan Stamper (http://isportsweb.com/author/stamper/)

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The Cincinnati Bengals have a track record of great draft classes in recent years, and this year was no different. They picked players like Darqueze Dennard and Jeremy Hill who can make immediate impacts on the field in their rookie seasons. However, the Bengals have their fair share of returning players, either second year or veterans, that are set to have a breakout season in 2014.
Margus Hunt (Defensive End)- Hunt is a physical force just based on size and strength alone. Going into his second year in the league, the Bengals have had Hunt focus on playing left end and building his strength over the off season. So far in OTAs, it looks like it has paid off. Defensive end coach Jay Hayes is excited to see what the extra 11 pounds the 6-8 Estonian added this offseason can do on the field in 2014. Hunt’s teammates describe him as “freakish” as an athlete. Hunt is excited for this season and feels like he can make a bigger impact on the line than he did in his rookie season last year because he is focusing on one position this year. Last year, he had to learn to play everywhere, on the end and the inside. This year, Hayes is just having him focus on left end, and really getting a feel for what that job entails. The Bengals’ defensive line is already one of the most feared in the NFL, and with more contribution from Hunt this season the D-line has the opportunity to be flat out nasty.
Giovani Bernard (Running Back)- Bernard had a great rookie season, and I expect no fall out from last year. Bernard was given a partner in crime when Cincinnati took running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU in the second round of this year’s draft. If Hill can adjust to the speed and playbook of the NFL, these two can be a dangerous duo in the backfield. Bernard is the faster of the two and can weave in and out of guys making them miss, and along with his receiving game out of the backfield Bernard can really be hard to contain. Defenses have a hard time covering Bernard because you never know if he is going to go out for a pass or run the ball, and that double threat will only help boost his game in 2014.
Andy Dalton (Quarterback)- Dalton will be interesting to watch in 2014, especially if the Bengals cannot reach a deal with him before the start of the season. 2014 is the last year of Dalton’s rookie contract, and he has proven that he has what it takes to get his team to the postseason, but not advancing once there. Dalton has improved his yards, touchdowns, and passer rating each season, but has also increased his interception totals each passing year. If he wants to truly be the quarterback of the future for this team, he needs to get his interceptions under control and read the field better, throwing to wear his receivers are and not where he wants them to be.
2014 should be another playoff year for Cincinnati. All major players and play makers are returning, including cornerback Leon Hall and defensive tackle Geno Atkins from injuries. There are lots of players on this team capable of being game changers, and if they can live up to their potential the Bengals have a bright future.