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07-08-2014, 11:22 AM
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Much discussion happens in the offseason about almost every position. For the Bengals however, the kicker is not getting much scrutiny.
#2 Mike Nugent (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1254/mike-nugent), Kicker
Height: 5-10

Weight: 190
Age: 32
College: Ohio State
Hometown: Centerville, OH
NFL Experience: 10 Years
There are all kinds of stats you want in your kicking game. There are stats around the percentages of field goals made from any distance in any environment. There is one stat that is measured simply in a yes or no fashion.
Is your kicker clutch?
The Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals)' Mike Nugent is one of those clutch kickers and proved it in back-to-back wins last season. First against the Buffalo Bills (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/buffalo-bills) on the road, Nugent was set up with a 43 yard kick to secure the win in overtime. No problem. Then in the Bengals next game against the Lions (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/detroit-lions) on the road, he was set up with a 54 yd kick as time expired. Again, no sweat.
Nugent has 7 game winning field goals in the last 2 minutes of the game or overtime.
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In 2013, Nugent converted 18/22 field goal attempts (81.8%) with his longest being a a 54-yarder.
In the 2014 season, Mike Nugent is going to again be asked to do two things. Kick the ball off and make field goals. As long as he continues with the success he has shown up to this point with the Bengals, this is a position and player we should have little worries with. I expect the same type numbers as last season and the opportunity to win at least one more game at the gun.

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07-08-2014, 11:24 AM
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Some think that a player like Sanzenbacher has shown little glimpses of brilliance and only needs more playing time. He may have his opportunity this season with the departure of Andrew Hawkins.

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Dane Sanzenbacher (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/132978/dane-sanzenbacher)
Height: 5-11

Weight: 184
Age: 25
College: Ohio State
Hometown: Toledo, OH
NFL Experience: 4 Years
Dane Sanzenbacher was a last minute Christmas gift from the Bears (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/chicago-bears) to the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) in 2012. Cut on Christmas eve by the Bears, he was opened by the Bengals on Christmas morning. From there he was promptly put on the shelf and left to gather dust.
Sanzenbacher did have the opportunity to sign and play with the Bengals the entire 2013 season. In the preseason Dane did plenty to showcase what kind of player he could be in the NFL. In fact, he led the entire squad in receiving with 5 catches for 100 yards. He also added a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown. Count me in the group that thought we would see more of him in the regular season.

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However, Dane only recorded offensive stats in 5 games last season. Only against the Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) did he have more than one catch. What he did show in two different catches this season, is what fans of the Ohio State University have been saying all along, the kid can be as clutch as they come.
In Buffalo last season, the Bengals were trying to stage a late comeback but were faced with a 4th down and 15. Andy Dalton floated a 20 yd pass in traffic to Dane Sanzenbacher who hauled it in one handed to save the Bengals drive. Sanzenbacher had a similar game saving situation in Detroit that set up a game winning field goal for the Bengals.

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The Bengals re-signed restricted free agent WR Dane Sanzenbacher to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. Sanzenbacher probably will have a greater impact on special teams as a gunner on punts than he will on the Bengals offense. Bengals wide receiver coach James Urban had the following to say about Dane:
"Dane is a player with an instinctive feel for the game,and he should have the chance for more playing time this year than we were able to find for him last year. He's got assets that can help make us better."
So what will be Sanzenbachers role for the Bengals in 2014? When I had the chance to ask him that very question his answer was short and very honest. "I don't know" he told me. I am of the opinion that as we see him become more comfortable in this offense and more trusted as one ofAndy Dalton's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130796/andy-dalton) outs, we will continue to see the type of plays as we have in the past from Dane. Hopefully just more of them.

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07-08-2014, 11:26 AM
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The Bengals appeased many fans when they selected a well known quarterback in the draft this season. Will A.J. McCarron see the field in the regular season or was he brought in as a player for the Bengals future?

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AJ McCarron
Height: 6-3

Weight: 220
Age: 23
College: Alabama
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Experience: Rookie
I am not of the opinion that the Bengals have any intent on A.J. McCarron competing for the starting quarterback position this season. I think the Bengals did a solid job of drafting a guy that has had success and knows how to work hard to get better. McCarron could be relied upon to run a similar offense to what Andy Dalton runs. The players are similar in ability and in a pinch the rookie could fill in for the vet.

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McCarron posted one of the best records by a collegiate starting QB in recent memory. He had a 36-4 record in three seasons as a Crimson Tide starter, leading them to national championships in 2011 and ’12.

McCarron Holds school records for TD passes (77), passing yards (9019) and completion percentage (66.9), and his INT percentage (1.46) is the lowest in SEC history (15 INTs in 1026 attempts).
I expect McCarron to become a student to Dalton's teacher. He has the opportunity to learn both the good and bad from a guy who has taken his team to the playoffs in every season he has been in the league.
Since this is a player preview for the 2014 season, there is not much more to add with McCarrons place on the team. His presence, and more that of his girlfriend in the stands, will give the talking heads of the TV crew covering the game the ability to ramble on about him landing Katerine Webb.
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Something interesting to watch with McCarron will be his play in the preseason. He has a lot to gain in a solid preseason performance. On one hand, he will probably be expected to struggle. A later round draft pick QB should probably struggle when facing NFL caliber competition for the first time. However, he is a kid with a lot of confidence and one who is already putting in a ton of work to get better. If he shines, he can set himself up nicely in the eyes of the coaches and fans.
They say the most popular player on a football is the back up quarterback when the starter struggles. The calls for A.J. when Dalton falters at all will measure in the thousands on twitter.
McCarron on Bengals adjustments, playbook, Andy Dalton (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/9/5792204/aj-mccarron-on-bengals-adjustments-playbook-andy-dalton)
Contract details with Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/5/22/5742832/a-j-mccarron-and-contract-details-with-cincinnati-bengals)
McCarron Humbled By Draft Experience, Eager To Work Behind Dalton (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/5/12/5710942/a-j-mccarron-humbled-by-draft-experience-eager-to-work-behind-andy)
Get to know McCarron, via Bengals.com (http://t.co/UcI6SubCky)

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07-08-2014, 03:48 PM
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LSU ranked among the best nationally in net punting because of his punt coverage ability.

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James Wright
Height: 6-1

Weight: 201
Age: 22
College: LSU
Hometown: Buras, La.
Experience: Rookie
It's rare you players drafted solely on their special teams impact. That's the case though with James Wright (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245434/james-wright), .selected by the Bengals in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The former Tiger played a pivotal role on special teams while helping LSU ranked among the best nationally in net punting because of his punt coverage ability.
During the Outback bowl in January, Wright "smothered a muffed punt to give LSU a short field (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2014/01/lsu_senior_james_wright_finish.html) that led to its second touchdown and then batted an LSU punt at the goal line back toward the five-yard line to pin the Hawkeyes deep late in the first half."
The Valley Shook, SB Nation's LSU website, said Wright was "never more than third or fourth option on offense (http://www.andthevalleyshook.com/2014/5/6/5680474/lsu-football-2014-nfl-draft-profiles-kadron-boone-james-wright)" during his college career, posting 25 receptions and no touchdowns during his final season.
He's going to be a great coverage man on special teams, possibly even a gunner, but he's not expected to contribute at a specific position on offense or defense.
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The Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) probably hope Wright can follow the paths of other carer special teams like Brendon Ayanbadejo (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3066/brendon-ayanbadejo), Kassim Osgood (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3021/kassim-osgood) or Matt Slater, guys who've lasted in the NFL due to their impact on special teams.
Each of those three players have made 3 Pro Bowls due to their effectiveness as special teams players. Slater has lasted six years in the NFL. Ayanbadejo lasted 10, while Osgood has made it 11 years. They've done so solely because of their specials team impact.
The good thing about Wright is because he doesn't have a true position, Cincinnati can easily stash him on the practice squad and call him up later in the year if injuries leave the Bengals needing more bodies on special teams.
That said, Wright has made a favorable impression during Organized Team Activities, so much so that he may be viewed as a legitimate wide receiver. Dan Hoard of the Cincinnati Enquirer was on hand to watch Bengals OTAs (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/13/walkthrough-3-observations-from-3-days-at-camp/10413943/), and he came away impressed with what he saw from Wright.
A triple move 20-yard out to the pylon in one-on-one still probably has Chris Lewis-Harris (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/158033/chris-lewis-harris) spinning. He blew by seventh-round pick Lavelle Westbrooks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245431/lavelle-westbrooks) for a deep ball early in the week. If he can prove his worth as a receiver against the top DBs combined with his ability to contribute right away on teams, he has an argument to make the 53-man roster.

In the end, I expect Wright to make the roster as the sixth or seventh receiver. Marvin Lewis and Darrin Simmons are big on players who make an impact on special teams, even if they are weak at their true position.
Guys like Jeromy Miles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109634/jeromy-miles), Cedric Peerman (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71392/cedric-peerman) and even Vincent Rey (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108549/vincent-rey) have latched onto the Bengals for several years just because of their special teams abilities.
Speaking of Whalen, he has played in just 13 games over his first three NFL seasons. His contract is also set to expire next year. I believe Wright ultimately takes his roster spot.

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07-10-2014, 04:01 PM
http://codiki.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/victor-hampton.png?w=624Victor Hampton can he shed his past for his Bengals future?

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Victor Hampton-CB (South Carolina)
Height: 5’9” Weight: 197 lbs
Bench press reps: 20 (top marks for CB)
40 yard Dash: 4.51 Vertical leap: 33.5″
Initial Thoughts: He is a talented player, but after watching the tape I can see why teams passed on him. He had off the field issues and struggles to support the run. When the ball is in the air he is one of the best players that I watched at competing for the ball. I think he will do really well in the slot in the NFL. He will need to work on his run support and man coverage. In the slot he will mostly be in on passing plays, where he excels. With the additions of Dennard and Westbrooks this year I only give Hampton a 5% chance to make the 53 man this year. I think the Bengals will want him to prove he can stay out of trouble for a year and stash him on the Practice Squad. I give him a 100% chance to make the PS as long as he stays out of trouble. If he doesn’t clear waivers and a team scoops him up, it not really a loss since he was a UDFA. He could take Newman or Adam Jones role in 2015 if he is still with the Bengals.
Strengths: Has great instincts and breaks on the ball well. He is exceptional at tracking and contesting balls in the air. Lives in the big moment and plays with swagger, gets in the competitions head with his chatter. Plays well in zone coverage and has good hands for deflecting passes and INTs. Has lots of talent and physical ability. Has experience in the slot and on the outside so he is versatile. Has good quickness and fluidity of his hips, he had one of the fastest 3 cone times.
Weaknesses: He lacks the size to effectively contribute in run support, he rarely finishes a tackle. His aggressive approach to going to make tackles causes him to miss a lot of them and take bad angles. He tries to push guys out of bounds or wait for help from his teammates. He doesn’t show the interest in supporting the run, it is something you have to want to do, he doesn’t. Character concerns go all the way back to high school with him; he will need to keep himself out of trouble to have a shot. The first sniff of a problem and he will be sent packing instantly. He is very chirpy on the field; he will need to walk the line with this to avoid penalties. Really needs to work on his man to man coverage, he lacks ideal top end speed. His small stature makes if difficult for him to play bump and run coverage successfully, and can get caught up in blocks.
Key Plays vs Arkansas: (http://draftbreakdown.com/video/victor-hampton-vs-arkansas-2013/) (note: lost his starting job before this game)
1) Dances around the running back on the play, allows his teammate to make the hit and tackle (0:24)
2) Reads the QBs eyes and breaks on the pass for the INT. Has a decent runback on after the catch as well. (0:33)
3) Working out of the slot he flies up to make the tackle and whiffs. (1:35)
4) Fails to breakdown on the play and the RB shakes him with a stutter step. He flails at the RB to make the tackle and falls on his back unsuccessfully. (2:00)
5) He is responsible for holding the backside edge. The runner cuts back he breaksdown and just throws his pads at him and doesn’t wrap up (2:14)
6) He has a chance to stop a big play with an open field tackle, he dives at his feet and whiffs completely. The runner gets an extra 25 yards.
Key Plays vs Mississippi State:
(http://draftbreakdown.com/video/victor-hampton-vs-mississippi-state-2013/)1) He does a great job of sitting in his zone coverage and breaking up the throw as it arrives. As a result his teammate is able to make an INT. (0:39)
2) The smoke screen is thrown to the WR inside of him. He sheds the blocker and comes up to make the tackle, unfortunately he misses the tackle. (1:13)
3) He waits for the WR to make is move and makes a big hit on him over the middle. (1:53)
4) He is the deep shell in the zone coverage; he is on the seam route but sees the throw and breaks on the ball. His quick hips allow him to make up ground and he deflects the pass before it can get to the intended WR. (2:00)
5) There is a miscommunication on the play he thinks he has the flat 1/3 but he is supposed to be deeper. He realizes the hole in the coverage and makes an acrobatic pass breakup. After the play he talks to his teammate and realizes it is his mistake. He takes ownership with the coaches for the error. (3:51)
6) He works against the WR on the fade route to the corner. He keeps within arms reach of the WR and tips the ball away. (5:45)
7) He is guarding the blocking WR on the screen play. He sheds the block then strips the WR of the ball as he makes the tackle. It shows his great awareness and instinct to go for the knockout blow. (6:21)


07-10-2014, 04:02 PM
Rob Carr

The debate around the Bengals veteran tight end rages on. Some fans love what Gresham does for the team while others want to see him gone.
Jermaine Gresham (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108519/jermaine-gresham)
Height: 6-5

Weight: 260
Age: 26
College: Oklahoma
Hometown: Ardmore, OK
Experience: 5
You would think if your tight end makes the Pro Bowl two out of his first four years, the team and fans would be happy with the player. In the case of Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) showed their support by drafting another top tight end and the fans rage on about every mistake the guy makes.
While it may be tough for some to look past the false starts or occasional fumble, here are some stats that should give you notice. Gresham has been targeted in the red zone 40 times. Of those 40 passes, he has brought in 28 of them. That is a 70% catch rate in the red zone.
That is higher than every tight end in the league. On top of that, Gresham has never dropped a pass in the red zone. 16 of those catches were touchdowns. (thanks to Coley Harvey for the stats (http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8727/bengals-jermaine-gresham-red-zone-tight-end-factoid))
Many fans can't get past the two really bad drops Gresham had in the playoff game in Houston a couple years ago. They are burned into the memory and helped to highlight the eight other drops he had that season. Last year however, Gresham only dropped 3 passes.
He also usually ranks among the tight end leaders in broken tackles and yards after catch.

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The case for Jermaine Gresham this season has a twist. Currently he is recovering from a hernia surgery and there is no time line on his return. On top of that, he is in a contract year and it could be the case where the Bengals just can't afford to keep the tight end next season.
I expect the Bengals tight ends, Gresham in particular, to be a huge part of this offense this season. With the supporting cast the Bengals have in the running game to go with the talent at receiver, Gresham is another powerful weapon for the Bengals on the offensive side of the ball.


07-10-2014, 11:31 PM
Geno Atkins: Cincinnati Bengals Player Spotlight

Geno Atkins has been one of the most pivotal parts of the Cincinnati Bengals defense over the past 4 seasons. He has been a key for this defense, even when critics talked about his size and power before the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in the 4th round of the 2010 draft.
Geno Atkins unfortunately had his 2013 season cut short after he suffered an ACL tear and oddly enough it came on Halloween night against the Miami Dolphins. He had already had 6 sacks and 20 combined tackles before going down in the 2ndquarter.
The Cincinnati Bengals did have some great players who stepped up and continued to anchor this Bengals defense. Vontaze Burfict and recently departed Michael Johnson did a sufficient job while Atkins was away, but you have to wonder, how much the Bengals really did miss their pro bowl defensive tackle.
An ESPN article by Coley Harvey (http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8785/bengals-geno-atkins-injury-impact-rushing-factoid?ex_cid=espnapi_public) pointed out the Bengals allowed a below average 4.3 yards per carry when Atkins was off the field but reduced that to an impressive 3.7 yards per carry when he was on the field. The other stat that he went on to points out is that the opposing teams gained more than 90 yards on the ground in only 3 of 8 games last year that Atkins played start to finish.
Atkins will still be looking to improve on his performance in 2012 where he had 12.5 sacks, 53 combined tackles, and 4 forced fumbles. Last year, Geno Atkins was on pace to compete with most of those numbers, even while being double teamed by most offensive lines.
It is still unclear when Atkins will officially come back from his injury but one thing is clear, it will be a very welcomed return by the team and fans alike.

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07-11-2014, 02:50 PM
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As the Bengals tweak their offense this season under a new coordinator, will Mohamed Sanu have the opportunity to become a bigger weapon for the team?

Mohamed Sanu (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154912/mohamed-sanu)
Height: 6-2

Weight: 210
Age: 24
College: Rutgers
Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
Experience: 3
After catching 16 passes as a rookie, Sanu followed that performance up with 47 catches for 455 yards last season. Only two of those were for touchdowns. Not bad numbers for a guy that was picked in the third round of the NFL draft (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-draft). The Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals), and Bengals fans expect much more from the young receiver.
Last season we saw Sanu fall from the official number two receiver position to behind Marvin Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155096/marvin-jones). So what can the Bengals do with a guy that has number two receiver potential and a ton of athletic ability? It may be time to give opposing defenses some different looks with Sanu on the field.
Hue Jackson has some experience with getting guys into different positions on the football field. Marcel Reese was one of Jackson's experiments in Oakland. Reese, a tight end, was often split out and actually had more catches than carries when Jackson ran the team.
Sanu is no fullback, but it is conceivable to see the team experiment with him in some wildcat formations. We already know what kind of arm he has. With proper blocking schemes, he may be a decent runner when needed too. You are no longer going to catch the defense off guard after showcasing the arm in a touchdown to A.J. Green (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131126/a-j-green) against the Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins).

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Any chance to get more playmakers on the field to keep the defense guessing is a good thing. Having Sanu on the offense with Marvin Jones and A.J. Green (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245422/a-j-green) gives Dalton a lot of options. Add one of the Bengals top tight ends and the defense has a lot of good players to cover.
On top of that, they need to guess what kind of tricks the Bengals could have up their sleeves. A well timed trick play can be a difference maker in an NFL game and the Bengals have a guy in Sanu that gives them a lot of options.


07-13-2014, 04:40 PM
Rob Carr

We continue our look at the Bengals roster with one of the bigger pleasant surprise additions in recent memory.

Wallace Gilberry (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34822/wallace-gilberry)
Height: 6'2"

Weight: 275
Age: 29
College: Alabama
Hometown: Bay Minette, AL
Experience: 7
Grab a guy unwanted by other NFL clubs, find a role that suits his strengths, immerse him in the culture and reap the benefits. That could be the tagline of free agency for the Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) over the past few years. Mike Brown (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3073/mike-brown), Marvin Lewis and Co. have used the "cheap" stigma that has been placed on them and used it to their advantage. Defensive end Wallace Gilberry is an example of the successes in their free agency forays.
Gilberry was an undrafted free agent back in 2008 by the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) and subsequently latched on to the Kansas City Chiefs (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/kansas-city-chiefs)' roster later that year. In three of his four seasons there, Gilberry played in 16 games as a dependable defensive lineman. In that time, he had 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and two recoveries.
In what can only be a testament to Gilberry's work ethic and the Bengals' coaching staff's acumen, he has experienced a renaissance in the Queen City. In just two seasons here, Gilberry has seen single-season career bests in sacks (7.5), tackles (24) and fumble recoveries (3). In half the time with the Bengals, Gilberry is just a half-sack short of his 14 he had with the Chiefs. All while still being a rotational player.
Some of the production has come with him kicking inside to tackle on passing downs and exploiting a mismatch there. With Michael Johnson leaving for Tampa Bay in free agency, Gilberry (among others) will be expected to have an increased role in 2014. While he has been consistent in his two Bengal seasons, a lot of that has to do with him being fresh when having his name called. That may or may not be the case with a heavier work load.
If we were to make an early prediction, we think that Gilberry will remain consistent with his previous output because of his niche here. However, there could also be either a spike or decline in his production because of more snaps. Will he be less effective because of fatigue? Or will he thrive even more in a system that he has fit into so well? Regardless, Gilberry is signed through 2015 to figure it all out.

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07-15-2014, 09:19 AM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Emmanuel Lamur

By Scott Bantel (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Scott%20Bantel)  @12ozProSpective (http://twitter.com/12ozProSpective) on Jul 15 2014, 7:00a + (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/15/5889361/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-emmanuel-lamur#comments)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In 2014, Emmanuel Lamur looks to stay healthy and make his much anticipated return to the Bengals top 5 defense.

Emmanuel Lamur (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/156457/emmanuel-lamur)

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 240
Age: 25
College: Kansas State
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Experience: 3 years
If you are not a Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) fan (heck, even if you are), the name Emmanuel Lamur probably means nothing to you, but his 2013 preseason shoulder injury completely altered (and weakened) the Bengals defense before the season even began - a defense that still finished in the top 5.
An undrafted rookie in 2012, Lamur got his start on the Bengals 2012 practice squad and worked his way onto the active roster, getting his lone NFL start in the Bengals 2012 playoff loss in Houston (2 tackles - 1 solo). Lamur is a long and athletic LB who has the ability to make big plays and excels in covering TEs - anyone who has watched the Bengals over the past 20 years knows what a problem covering TEs has been on the banks of the Ohio.
Lamur was replaced in the 2013 starting lineup by James Harrison (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1601/james-harrison), a much bigger name and much more accomplished player, but a player at the end of his career and a player that can only do one thing - rush the passer (and even that was arguable). Harrison never fit in the Bengals 4-3 scheme and was completely out of his element when it came to dropping into coverage.
Taylor Mays (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108632/taylor-mays) filled in admirably in Lamur's absence - until his own season ending shoulder surgery - but he was learning LB on the fly. Lamur is a former safety who was converted to linebacker midway through his college career and at 6'4", 243 pounds and 4.59 speed, he is perfect for covering the big TEs this league has come to love.
And don't be fooled by his undrafted status. His undrafted status was due more to his "tweener" label (safety or LB) than his talent. Plus, you don't have to look far to see what type of impact a motivated, undrafted linebacker can make in this league - see Lamur's MLB (Vontaze Burfict (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155361/vontaze-burfict)) and predecessor (James Harrison) for some good examples.

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Emmanuel Lamur Kansas State 2012 (via johnlamur (http://youtube.com/watch?v=UJAkHPXguDs))
If fully recovered, Lamur gives the Bengals another versatile playmaker on defense and could help lessen the blow from losing Michael Johnson. And with a schedule that will feature the likes of Dennis Pitta (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108524/dennis-pitta) (2),Delanie Walker (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2125/delanie-walker), Rob Gronkowski (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108520/rob-gronkowski), Greg Olsen (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16684/greg-olsen), Coby Fleener (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154865/coby-fleener), Jordan Cameron (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131463/jordan-cameron) (2), Jimmy Graham (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108518/jimmy-graham), Heath Miller (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1620/heath-miller) (2) and Julius Thomas (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130922/julius-thomas), Lamur's length and coverage ability will be a welcomed sight on Sundays.


07-15-2014, 06:48 PM
Bengals late-rounder Wright one to watch

July, 15, 2014
JUL 15

By Coley Harvey (http://search.espn.go.com/coley-harvey/) | ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- It's been nearly two years since James Wright (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/16922/james-wright) caught a pass in a game.

[+] Enlargehttp://a.espncdn.com/photo/2014/0715/nfl_u_wright_jv_300x300.jpg (http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2014/0715/nfl_u_wright_jv_600x600.jpg)Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsThe Bengals are hoping rookie James Wright's skills on special teams translate into offense as a wideout.

Despite that rather ominous fact, theCincinnati Bengals (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals) used one of their two seventh-round picks on him in May's draft, selecting the little-used former LSU wideout and special teamer.

There are still some scratching their heads over the move.

Those who call Paul Brown Stadium their place of employment couldn't care less. They believe that Wright could have a real impact in their offense, even if it's been a while since he directly contributed to someone else's. When training camp opens next week and the battle for spots on the 53-man roster begins in earnest, Wright could be one to watch.

"I know he's going to make this football team better," Bengals receivers coach James Urban said.

Urban could tell pretty early in the evaluation process that Wright could be a valued contributor on the Bengals' special teams. After all, Wright won LSU's "Wild Tiger" trophy last season for having the team's highest number of special teams production points that included his 12 special teams tackles as part of their coverage teams. He also had a pair of fumble recoveries, including a key takeaway that helped set up an LSU field goal in the Tigers' win over TCU.

Now the goal is get Wright to play offensively the way he did on special teams. Urban believes the rookie can do that and challenged him to do as much the day he arrived in Cincinnati following his draft selection.

"That day I talked to him and said, 'Look, I know what you can do on special teams, now you've got to play wide receiver,'" Urban said. "He's embraced it, he's worked his tail off and he's given us [a lot]. I mean, he's a very intense young man. He wants to prove this organization and [team president] Mr. [Mike] Brown right in selecting him."

During the minicamp and voluntary organized team activities the Bengals had this spring, Wright made his presence known. At least one reporter had a hard time ignoring Wright after he repeatedly chased down deep passes from all four Bengals quarterbacks. It was quite common to hear, on those days when media members were allowed to watch practices, compliments directed toward Wright from Urban and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson after various drills.

"We'll see once we get the pads on, but it's been encouraging," Urban said.

Wright got on Cincinnati's radar after Urban and other Bengals coaches heard their colleagues at LSU speak highly of the receiver. Much like Jackson and head coach Marvin Lewis, Urban has his own connections with LSU coaches that extends beyond the Xs and Os. Those relationships not only helped Wright get drafted by the Bengals, but they also aided in running back Jeremy Hill (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/16803/jeremy-hill)'s second-round selection.

Part of the reason Wright went without a catch last season stems from the Tigers' receiver-deplete system. LSU seldom trotted out three- and four-receiver sets. It instead focused on running the ball and splitting receptions among the top two receivers and the top running back, Hill. As LSU's third-leading receiver, Hill caught 18 passes for 181 yards. WideoutsJarvis Landry (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/16790/jarvis-landry) and Odell Beckham (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/16733/odell-beckham) had 77 and 59 receptions apiece. Primarily because of the scheme, Wright didn't field a pass, even though he had done so 18 times through his first three seasons. The last pass he caught in a game came Nov. 17, 2012, in a win over Mississippi.

Only once did the Tigers lose a game that saw Wright catch a pass.

In addition to his special teams abilities, Wright became known at LSU for being a good blocker in pass scenarios. For a Bengals offense that is expected to rely in part on screen passes that can be turned into big gains, having another receiver who already knows how to block downfield would be an ideal addition. The only problem is that the Bengals couldn't just trot him onto the field to block. Opposing defenses would figure that out quickly and have an idea that a play needing a big block downfield could be coming.

So to avoid tipping that, Cincinnati certainly would want to use Wright as a receiver.

Regardless of the roles Wright would be asked to fulfill if he makes the team, Urban doesn't think the young player will have any problem accepting what's asked of him.

"When Mr. Brown asked me, I said, 'That's the kind of guy we want,'" Urban said. "I know he's going to make this football team better. He's a team player. He's proven that. You can't question that. Now, is he good enough for wide receiver? We'll find out."


07-18-2014, 08:24 AM
John Grieshop

From the scrap heap, to making heaps of tackles; King Tez is straw that stirs the drink on this formidable Bengals Defense. Will Paul Geunther's more blitz happy scheme help or hurt Vontaze's play?

Vontaze Burfict

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 248lbsAge: 23College: Arizona State UniversityHometown: Corona, CAExperience: 3 YearsIf you have turned on a Bengals game the last three years, you know who Vontaze Burfict is. He lead the team in tackles for the last 2 years. In 2013 he lead the team by nearly 100 tackles, and more importantly ,lead the team by 62 solo tackles. He doesn't miss in the open field, and that is extremely clutch.Burfict finished the year with 174 tackles, 114 solo, 3 sacks and a forced fumble. (http://www.bengals.com/media-lounge/videos/Vontaze-Burficts-spectacular-plays-of-2013/cfec3669-cdf5-4481-bb8b-24a2823dda32) He is the most important guy on the defensive side of the ball. He is in charge of calling all the plays and getting people lined up correctly, something Maualuga struggled with. He is the spark plug of the defense that fires them all up on key plays; making sure to get every last ounce of effort out of his teammates.Most astonishing with Burfict is where he was drafted, or for that matter that he was not drafted. He was a 5 star recruit coming out of high school on both Rival and ESPN's rankings, and was the number 1 MLB recruit in the country. His attitude, penalties, weight gain, poor pro day, and terrible combine left a sour taste in many teams' mouths.There are many who question Marvin Lewis' ability to take this team to the next level, one thing is for sure he landed Vontaze. He trusted Lewis and believed that the Bengals would give him a fair shot, he took on the challenge and the rest is history. The Bengals rely on Burfict heavily; Bengals fans expect him to be superman, and he usually delivers!This year we can expect that Vontaze will be back at his WLB spot barring a major plague of injuries at LB before the season. So what can the else can King Tez do to make himself better in 2014? It will be hard for him to add much more to his 174 tackles from 2013, but he could improve a bit in his pass coverage.His biggest issue is still penalties, and by that I mean he needs to work on eliminating them. I do think that referees target him and he gets a few cheap ones each year that totally bogus, but some he definitely deserves. Having James Harrison to learn from last year really helped him to walk that fine line between being intimidating and being penalized.As his linebacker coach Paul knew how to get the most out of Vontaze, this year will be no different. Paul will lean on Vontaze to be his eyes and ears on the field, consulting with him for in game adjustments. I will never forget hearing the story on Lance McAlister's show.When Thomas Howard, rest in peace, went down with a torn ACL 3 days before the next game, Guenther had to scramble. Take your best athlete and teach him a new position, how he did that is just remarkable. He took to the gym at Paul Brown Stadium with chairs and even Marvin Lewis' recliner to tech him the basics of playing Will Linebacker. (http://archive.cincinnati.com/article/20130729/COL03/307290098/Doc-Burfict-tackle-key-Bengals-defense)This year let hope that Tez continues to play and grow on the field, like him or not, if Tez ends up with Ray Ray's career the Bengals will be in great shape and have titles to talk about. This year, I expect his total tackles to drop a bit, with other guys getting healthy and his solo tackles to be about the same.Guenther is reportedly the one that was the mastermind of most of the exotic blitzes that Zimmer ran, so expect to see Tez blitzing more this year. His instincts make him great and it is the reason that opposing offenses fear him, he finds the ball and often.He is so important to this teams success because he makes plays that swing the momentum of the game, like the forced fumble TD versus the Browns. That game had a chance of going sour fast with the early INTs by Dalton, but the defense quickly took the wind right out of the Browns sails.Marvin Lewis has made many references to Vontaze being "special" and that he looks a lot like "another guy he has coached in the past" referring to Ray Lewis. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuPM2OVvQk0) My prediction 160 tackles, 105 solo, 4.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Expect to see him signed to a long term deal before the season starts, when the Bengals have more leverage in the negotiations. He is tough, hard-nosed, and gritty expect more of the same from Vonaze in 2014 and beyond! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVkPHXPcV1U)

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07-18-2014, 09:52 AM

Get to know Bengals offensive center T.J. Johnson

By Evan Batten (http://cover32.com/bengals/author/ebatten/)
July 17, 2014 4:12 pm EDT

Name – T.J. Johnson – Center – #60

Height: 6’4
Weight: 310 lbs.
Age: 24
Hometown: Aynor, South Carolina
College: South Carolina
Experience: One year
In honor of Cincinnati Bengals offensive center T.J. Johnson celebrating his 24th birthday, here is an in-depth look at how notable the preseason will be for Johnson.
Johnson meets the toughest battle of his football career this preseason.
The second-year player will have to fight tooth-and-nail for a position on the Bengals roster. Johnson spent all of last season on the Bengals practice squad.
It has been foreign territory for Johnson.
The 2013 seventh round pick of the Bengals had a remarkable football upbringing in his hometown of Aynor, South Carolina. During Johnson’s high school career, Rivals.com ranked him as the 13th-best offensive center in his class.
After accepting a scholarship at the University of South Carolina, Johnson smashed the school record for starting the most games in four years (53). Johnson helped the Gamecocks finish with a 38-15 record during that span.
Johnson is familiar with blocking for a talented running back. Johnson was the anchor for All-American halfback Marcus Lattimore.
After his senior season at South Carolina, Johnson was named to the Second-team All-SEC (http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/johnson_tj00.html) and declared for the NFL Draft.
Johnson performed moderately well at the NFL Combine (http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/t.j.-johnson?id=2540251), running the 40-yard dash in 5.33 seconds, bench-pressing 32 reps, and finished with a broad jump of 96 inches. The Bengals selected him 251st overall.
Johnson will have to top the Bengals fourth-round pick this year, center Russell Bodine out of North Carolina for a spot on the roster (http://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/depthchart/CIN) behind starting center Trevor Robinson.
Johnson will receive his chance to influence coaches during the first preseason game at Kansas City on Aug. 7. (http://www.bengals.com/schedule/preseason2014.html)

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07-18-2014, 10:07 AM
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the Bengals primary punt returner, could Brandon Tate be in danger of losing his job this offseason?
Brandon Tate (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71180/brandon-tate)
Height: 6-1

Weight: 195
Age: 26
College: North Carolina
Hometown: Burlington, NC
Experience: 6
Brandon Tate is an often debated player for the Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals). There are groups of fans that are happy with what Tate Brings to the field. Our very own Nick Seuberling loves the fact that Tate is consistent in the return game and vary rarely will cough up the football.
Other fans think the Bengals need more explosion from the Bengals returner and want someone back there that is more of a threat to break a big play.
This debate is a double edged sword. The Bengals have relied on a defense that has kept the team in the game over the past three seasons. At times, the return game would come through and allow for the offense to have a very short field, but this is not a phase of the game that the Bengals have been able to rely on.
One of the biggest factors in a game is starting field position. A strong return game can really give the offense shorter fields and that in turn creates more points.
It will be tough for the number 3 defense in the NFL last season to do much more in that aspect of the game. So it makes sense that the Bengals focus on improving the other two phases of the game. This could mean a change in the return game.
Brandon Tate may need to shine this offseason to keep his job. The Bengals have depth at receiver and Tate has not been much of a contributor in that aspect. The team also has several guys on the roster that could pick up return duties if the Bengals decide to make a move.Adam Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2860/adam-jones) and Dane Sanzenbacher (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/132978/dane-sanzenbacher) have seen action catching punts and there is some fresh meat that looks promising as well.
I am for making a change at the position to add more of a threat. But, that threat should not include someone that may have an issue holding on to the ball. A 7 yd punt return is always better than a 35 yd return with a fumble.

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07-19-2014, 09:08 AM
even I gotta go, who?

Bob Levey

For some players, coming to camp with a team is all that is expected. T.J. Conley is on the squad to share kicking duties in the preseason.
T.J. Conley
Height: 6-3

Weight: 215
Age: 28
College: Idaho
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Experience: 2
The Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) needed to have an insurance policy in case their hometown punter, Kevin Huber (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71197/kevin-huber), would not recover from his injury last season. T.J. Conley (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71848/t-j-conley) was part of that plan.
I can not believe that Conley is anything more than an extra leg in training camp. Formerly of the Browns (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cleveland-browns) and the Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets), Conley failed to make the Browns squad in 2013. He last had NFL action in 2011 with the Jets.
That year, Conley punted in 16 games for the Jets and averaged 42.7 yards on 92 punts. His 38.8-yard net average was the highest in Jets history (stat began in 1976). He had 32 inside-20 kicks with just six touchbacks, and his plus-26 differential on inside-20s to touchbacks ranked tied for third in the NFL.
Conley did not play in the 2012 or 2013 regular seasons. He was with the Jets in the 2012 preseason and with Cleveland in the 2013 preseason. He entered the NFL as a free agent with the Jets in 2009 but did not play in ’09 or ’10.
NFL teams often bring in extra legs in the preseason to save their kickers from taking every meaningless kick. NFL kickers are often passed around and once you are given an opportunity with one team, other teams follow suit.
The future this kid has on the Bengals is not too bright. I expect he will be one of the cuts the Bengals make to trim the roster and no one involved will be surprised by it.

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07-20-2014, 07:50 AM
Cincinnati Bengals: Why to watch Emmanuel Lamur at training camp

July 19, 2014 by Megan Stamper (http://isportsweb.com/author/stamper/)

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Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive unit finished third best in the NFL, and this season they have the tools to repeat, and even improve. They get key players back in defensive tackle Geno Atkins and cornerback Leon Hall, and one maybe unheard of player outside of Cincinnati, Emmanuel Lamur.
Lamur missed all of the 2013 season when he injured his shoulder in the final preseason game of 2013. Lamur was expected to be a starter in nickel packages, as he is a great coverage linebacker who gives receivers a hard time. With the return of Lamur, Cincinnati has one of the toughest linebacker corps in the league, featuring Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict. Burfict was the ultimate underdog and has proven that he deserves to be in the NFL, and Maualuga is a veteran who hasn’t quite lived up to expectations since entering the league out of USC, but has shown improvement the past few seasons. Lamur added to this mix makes this unit one of the best in the NFL.
Lamur has gotten bigger, in the sense of adding muscle. He’s improved on his strength and speed during his rehabilitation and the coaches saw the changes in OTAs. His one career start came in his rookie year in 2012 in the Bengals’ wild card playoff game against the Houston Texans. Lamur played in 32 snaps and didn’t allow a reception his way when he was out on the field.
James Harrison leaving Cincinnati after only one season will really help Lamur see more playing time. Lamur has shown flashes of being great against tight ends and slot receivers and those two positions are what have killed the Bengals defense in the past. The Bengals moved Maualuga to the inside after they saw he wasn’t the answer at stopping teams on the outside, and now the job is Lamur’s. Lamur, like Burfict, was an undrafted linebacker who has a lot to prove but has outstanding potential. Lamur has the size and speed and athletic ability to take him to the heights that Burfict has reached. The potential for a breakout season is there for Lamur, but it is hard to gauge a guy who has played just nine games with one start, but whenever Lamur has been healthy coaches and players have raved about his performances at past training camps and in practices. Lamur could be just what the doctor ordered for the Bengals on defense to keep their defense one of the best in the NFL and if Lamur can live up to expectations, one of the best groups of linebackers in the league. Only time will tell.

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07-20-2014, 08:49 AM
Joe Robbins

Newhouse played in 47 games with 31 starts for Green Bay over the last four seasons.
Marshall Newhouse
Position: Offensive Lineman

Height: 6-4
Weight: 328
Age: 25
College: Texas Christian
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Experience: 5
The Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) signed Marshall Newhouse (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108491/marshall-newhouse) to boost their offensive line depth. Though he's played most of his career at offensive tackle, the Bengals expect him to play guard as well.
An unrestricted free agent who played 47 games with 31 starts for Green Bay over the last four seasons, Newhouse (6-4, 319; Texas Christian) is a fifth-year NFL player for 2014. He saw action in 14 games with two starts for Green Bay last season. From 2011-12, he played in every game, with 29 starts.
The Packers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers) won the NFC North Division title in each of the last three years, and Newhouse played in all four Green Bay postseason games, with two starts.
"Marshall has played a lot of football for Green Bay; he'll be a quality addition to our line," said Paul Alexander, Bengals assistant head coach/offensive line coach. "He's played left tackle and right tackle and has experience in big games."

Newhouse was Andy Dalton's left tackle for Dalton's first three seasons (2007-09) at Texas Christian. The team went to a bowl game in each of those seasons, and in 2009, when Newhouse was a senior and Dalton a junior, the Horned Frogs posted TCU's first undefeated regular season in 71 years.
However, Newhouse has had his fair share of struggles. He had a ranking near the bottom (https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/01/01/2014-free-agent-offensive-tackles/) of 2014 free agent offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus. His -9.7 rating brings doubt he'll ever be anything more than a backup in Cincinnati.
But we cannot forget Paul Alexander has routinely taken young guys like Newhouse (25 years old) and developed them into quality starters. Last year, Mike Pollak (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34398/mike-pollak) was signed after an up-and-down career, only to become a quality starter in 2013.
During OTAs, Newhouse was used at both tackle and guard. He'll be an interesting player to watch during the preseason.

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/20/5919131/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-marshall-newhouse (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/20/5919131/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-marshall-newhouse)

07-22-2014, 10:40 AM

@pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) george Illoka still the starting ss when week 1 hits ?
— Tyler Wenzel (@Wenzel_2014) July 21, 2014 (https://twitter.com/Wenzel_2014/statuses/491230894787948544)

Thanks for the question, Tyler.
I'd say barring injury Iloka will be your starting safety in Baltimore. He turned himself into one of the best cover safeties in the league last year, he just dropped too many interceptions. Part of that can go to the hand injury he suffered punching another player in the helmet during a kerfuffle (Yes! First kerfuffle of the season, I'm coming next for you donnybrook).
Iloka could use tightening up his tackling skills, but on the whole was a nice find back there last year. There's always competition, but he proved enough during the year that he's got a stranglehold on it.


07-23-2014, 10:42 AM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: R.J. StanfordBy Jason Marcum (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Jason%20Marcum)  @JasonB_Marcum (http://twitter.com/JasonB_Marcum) on Jul 23 2014, 9:26a 1 (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/23/5919037/cincinnati-bengals-preview-r-j-stanford#comments)

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Stanford could make the 53-man roster because of his consistency on special teams.
R.J. Stanford
Height: 5-10

Weight: 187
Age: 26
College: Utah
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
NFL Experience: 4
The Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) entered the offseason with a need at cornerback, and they helped fill that void by signing R.J. Stanford. A fourth-year player, Stanford signed with the Bengals after playing in 13 games last season with the Miami Dolphins.
Though he rarely touched the field on defense, Stanford notched five special teams tackles, though he missed the last three games of season with an ankle injury. He was active for 12 games last year and 15 in 2012 because of his consistency on special teams.
According to Pro Football Focus (https://www.profootballfocus.com/data/cstats.php?tab=by_team&season=2013&teamid=17&stype=r&pre=REG&stats=d), Stanford played 26 defensive snaps in 2013 and registered a +1.0 grade. He played 149 snaps in 2012 and had a -4.9 grade.
A defensive back by way of Utah, Stanford played for the Dolphins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/miami-dolphins) the previous two seasons after two years with the Carolina Panthers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/carolina-panthers). He has 39 career tackles, one pass deflection and one interception. He's been a career backup and special-teamer who only figures to add depth behind Adam Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2860/adam-jones), Terence Newman (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3424/terence-newman), Darqueze Dennard, Leon Hall (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/19017/leon-hall)(once healthy) and Dre Kirkpatrick (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152665/dre-kirkpatrick).
Stanford began his college career as a running back before transitioning to the cornerback position midway through his freshman year. He ran a 4.29 40-time in college and played nickleback most of his collegiate career.
At 5'10" and 190 pounds, he figures to be just that for the Bengals, especially if Hall opens the year on PUP. Hall has transitioned to the slot primarily over the past few years, so Stanford could help there.


07-23-2014, 11:03 AM
Emmanuel Lamur: Football Outsiders Top-25 Breakout Prospect

When the Cincinnati lost linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to a season-ending shoulder injury last year, the Bengals were forced to improvise. Defensive coordinator (and linebackers coach last year) Paul Guenther, who claims (jokingly) that he almost fainted when it happened (https://twitter.com/ColeyHarvey/statuses/491616075444805632), needed to find a replacement. After all, Lamur's injury happened in the final preseason game, days before the regular season was scheduled to start. Unfortunately, Lamur isn't your typical linebacker with typical linebacker attributes. Some compare his athleticism to that of a defensive back, though in a linebacker's body. Guenther looked to the secondary and tabbed Taylor Mays, who capability filled in.
Now Lamur is back and playing with the first team defense... and everyone is excited.

"Oh man, it feels really good to be back," said Lamur in May (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/5/29/5760850/emmanuel-lamur-happy-to-be-back-runs-with-first-team-defense). "It’s a blessing to be back with the guys. The injury opened my eyes in a way. I’m enjoying every rep and having fun. Last year the game was taken away from me just like that."
"He was the starter there really at the end of his rookie year (2012)," said Guenther. "He played a lot in his last five or six games and obviously he started the playoff game (at Houston). Right now he’s running with the ‘ones’ and if he continues to improve, I don’t see much of a change there."
Despite coming into the league with Vontaze Burfict in 2012, Lamur figures to be the next major undrafted free agent linebacker, joining Burfict and Vincent Rey -- both of whom have become reliable, if not significant, contributors in the past two years.
Aaron Schatz with Football Outsiders (via ESPN In$ider), names Lamur as one of 25 possible breakout prospects this year (http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11245256/andre-ellington-leads-list-top-25-breakout-prospects-nfl?ex_cid=InsiderTwitter_Schatz_BreakoutProspects ).
Lamur was on our list last year after his strong rookie season in 2012. We praised him for his steady performance on special teams, his tackling in the open field, and his excellent pass-coverage skills (he was a safety at Kansas State). Then he went and separated his shoulder in the fourth preseason game, ending his 2013 season. One year later, there's been even more excitement about Lamur coming out of Bengals OTAs, as he's put on extra muscle to improve his run-stopping abilities at linebacker. He's going to be the starting strongside linebacker and should play all three downs alongside Vontaze Burfict, who was also an undrafted free agent.

If Vontaze Burfict is Marvin Lewis' next incarnation of Rey Lewis, then linebacker Emmanuel Lamur supplements the relatively few weaknesses in Burfict's tank-sized armor. Cincinnati's coaching staff, specifically Lewis and former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer transformed the red flags that plagued everyone's perception about Burfict (most of it earned) into a passionate leader that players now follow. In the meantime, Lamur, who was signed 12 days after Burfict following the 2012 NFL draft, was praised from the moment he joined the team.
"He's what they're supposed to look like," Lewis said of Lamur during the first week of training camp in 2012. "He's doing a good job on the field mentally. That's what you like about him. Linebackers that develop in the NFL have that kind of stature. They can turn into that 6-3, 250-pound guy that can really run. He can run and understand ... he's a great prospect."


07-23-2014, 01:57 PM
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Following in the footsteps of Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts III, Jasper Collins makes the leap from Division III to the professional level.
Jasper Collins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/194107/jasper-collins)
Height: 5-11

Weight: 188
Age: 22
College: Mount Union
Hometown: Geneva, N.Y.
Experience: 1
Jasper Collins is in his second year in the league out of Division III Mount Union University. This is also the alma mater of Washington Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins) receiver Pierre Garcon (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34394/pierre-garcon) and Jacksonville Jaguars (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/jacksonville-jaguars) receiverCecil Shorts III (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131113/cecil-shorts-iii). Collins was actually rated as a seventh round prospect coming into the 2013 NFL draft. He was asked to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.
In his last college football season, he played in 15 games and led the Ohio Athletic Conference in yards per game (112.9), receptions (92), receiving yards (1,694) and receiving touchdowns (22). He was named first-team All-OAC for his efforts.

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After going undrafted, the Miami Dolphins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/miami-dolphins) signed him as an undrafted free agent. After suffering a hamstring injury in training camp, Collins was waived by the Dolphins, and once he cleared waivers, he was placed on injured reserve. After being released on an injury settlement he was picked up and then dropped by the Cleveland Browns (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cleveland-browns). Then theSteelers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/pittsburgh-steelers) signed him to a futures contract.
This is when the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) stepped in and saved him from the misery of the Browns and Steelers.
I pull for the guys that have a tougher road in making it to the NFL. The number of players that make the professional level after playing division III football in college is very small. The Bengals could be adding depth for camp, or may genuinely be interested in seeing what the kid can do on special teams.
I don't envision Collins making any measurable impact in the passing game, but could find his way to the roster if he excels on special teams.


07-24-2014, 09:11 AM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Margus Hunt

By John Lenhart (http://www.sbnation.com/users/John%20Lenhart) on Jul 24 2014, 8:25a + (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/24/5900635/cincinnati-bengals-preview-margus-hunt#comments)

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Will Margus Hunt be able to match his physical tools with on-field production?
Margus Hunt
Position: Defensive End

Height: 6'8"
Weight: 290
Age: 27
College: Southern Methodist University
Hometown: Karksi-Nula, Estonia
Experience: 2 years
Margus Hunt is arguably one of the most intriguing talents in the NFL. Despite his old (in NFL terms) age for a player entering his second year, the 27-year-old Hunt is relatively new to the sport and has very little football mileage under his belt.
This is both a positive and a negative, both for obvious reasons - despite being old for a player entering his second NFL season he has not experienced the long-term physical punishment of a typical, similarly aged NFL player.
On the other hand, this lack of experience means he has not been able to polish his skills as an American football player. Hunt won the gold medal in the 2006 World Junior Championships for both the discus and shot put. This raw athleticism led him to SMU's track program, which folded just as he arrived at the school.
He was quickly recruited by the SMU football team and succeeded despite virtually no football training, specifically excelling in blocking an extraordinary amount of kicks.
The big question is can he become a legitimate replacement for Michael Johnson this year or at least a significant contributor to the 2014 Bengals defense. He has all the physical tools necessary to excel in the NFL, and given his length, athleticism and innate ability to deflect passes, he should not be ignored in a pass-dominant league.
Realistically, Hunt will not be a starter for the Bengals defense unless he shows drastic improvement in his understanding of the game, given Wallace Gilbbery's and Carlos Dunlap's presence on the roster. However, Hunt should be able to become consistent part of the Bengals defensive line rotation. With his physical traits he should begin to wreak havoc on opposing defenses sooner rather than later, even if it just is in strictly passing situations.
Towards the end of last season, Hunt began to show his raw ability by manhandling defenders, but still lacked the necessary tenacity to be an every down player, showing a tendency to give up early on plays, despite the fact his immense size allows him to impact plays. He is possibly the biggest wildcard on the Bengals roster, possessing Pro Bowl physical traits yet a concerning lack of football experience.
Regardless of whether or not he becomes a star this season, Hunt should be a solid contributor to the defensive line's rotation simply because he possesses physical traits that are almost out of this world.


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07-27-2014, 09:03 AM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Safety Shawn Williams

By John Lenhart (http://www.sbnation.com/users/John%20Lenhart) on Jul 27 2014, 8:40a + (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/7/27/5934889/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-safety-shawn-williams#comments)

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Will the 2nd-year safety make the leap from special teams stalwart to consistent starter?

Shawn Williams
Position: Safety

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 216
Age: 23
College: Georgia
Hometown: Damascus, Georgia
Experience: 2 years
As a rookie 3rd round pick last season, many hoped he would step into a starting role at safety alongside Reggie Nelson.Unfortunately, most of his action came during special teams where he recorded 12 tackles in 16 games played, none of which were starts.
This lead the Bengals to resign Chris Crocker, who filled the position well given his experience and knowledge of the Bengals' defensive scheme, but the fact remains the Bengals need another safety to complement Nelson. Taylor Mays has thrilled many with his physical attributes, but his pass coverage skills have more-or-less turned him into a linebacker. George Iloka has contributed at times, but has failed to separate himself as a sure starter.
Williams displayed many of the necessary physical tools at the combine, posting a 4.46 forty-yard-dash along with benching 225 lbs 25 times, both towards the top end of his position. Even more impressive are his college leadership credentials - he was named the defensive captain during his final season at Georgia, a program that despite never quite living up to expectations in the college game, churns out NFL talent with the best of them (and the Bengals have obviously been one of primary beneficiaries of UGA's talent).
In addition to being the team's defensive captain, he earned the coaches' leadership award and the Frank Sinkwich toughness award. Clearly, Williams possesses the intangibles to become a leader on a defense already filled with great leadership.
This leads to the question of why did Williams not get significant playing time last season. It seems as if Williams is a high character guy with the physical traits to match, yet he failed to make a significant impact during his rookie season. A large part of this is likely due to the fact that he was a rookie safety on a team in "win-now mode", and as a result the coaches may have felt Crocker was the better fit to achieve this goal.
Williams has all the intangibles necessary to succeed as a starter in the NFL. On the other hand, his NFL.com combine scouting profile described his weaknesses heading into last season's draft as:
"Will go for the big shoulder hit or a cut block at times instead of wrapping. Gets locked up in the run game when failing to out-quick linemen or rip off more aggressive receivers. Lacks the ball skills and hands to come down with many interceptions. Doesn't have the lateral agility to consistently stay with tight ends or slot receivers."

Ultimately, Williams future production is uncertain - despite seemingly having all the intangibles necessary to succeed in the NFL, along with the physical traits, he played very little outside of special teams.
Despite Williams' impressive leadership credentials and impressive 40 and bench numbers at last season's combine, NFL.com's opinion may hold some weight, as he played very few minutes at safety last season despite the position being a team need. Perhaps a year in the NFL has helped improve his coverage weaknesses and he emerges as a starting safety for the 2014 Bengals, or maybe he simply becomes a very good special teams player.
Either way, I am sure he will be a positive factor during the upcoming Bengals' season, and as time progresses he should be able to hone his coverage skills to the point that he becomes a solid starter as an NFL safety.


07-27-2014, 10:05 AM
Training camp preview: Special teams primed to amaze

By Adam Cohen (http://cover32.com/bengals/author/acohen/)
July 25, 2014 6:51 pm EDT

The Cincinnati Bengals have a stacked special teams squad. In fact, special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons was the only coordinator to return to the team. Simmons must be doing something well. The success of the Bengals last season proves that they have the talent to be a playoff team. Already a sturdy crew, the Bengals will reach new heights at the hands and legs of a few players. Let’s take a look at who to watch for this preseason.
Players to watch

Kevin Huber – Punter
Huber signed a long-term deal last March and had one of the best seasons ever for a Bengals Punter. Huber averaged 40.5 yards per punt and was the eighth best in the league. Under Huber’s command, the special teams squad finished in the top 10 of net punt coverage. The big question is, will Huber have another great season despite suffering a broken jaw against the Steelers last season? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TbmQE4xQHQ)

Brandon Tate – Punt/Kick Returner
Tate is clutch and skilled. He holds the NCAA record for career kickoff and punt returns with 3,523 yards from his days at North Carolina. (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ac-7090072) Tate has been very effective for the team and expect a reliable guy again this season. Tate ranks first in Bengals history in career kickoff return average (24.83) and second in career punt return average (9.87). (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/brandon-tate/56768822-7e1d-43fb-94da-5c49f43032b5/)

Shawn Williams – Safety
Williams was the Bengals third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Immediately, Williams made sure opponents heard his footsteps. He was the leading tackler for the special teams with 14 tackles as a rookie. Williams has the chance to be a very forceful player, his bone-crunching block against the Miami Dolphins (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0p443aQZfA) last season is proof.

James Wright – Wide Receiver
Wright was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 draft solely for special teams. At LSU last season he was one of the premier players in punt coverage ability. Wright is nothing more than the fourth or fifth option on offense as he only had 25 receptions and zero touchdowns for the tigers last season. He is not expected to play in a large role offensively this season, but they will use him in a vital way during punt coverage, expect a lot from this kid on special teams.

The Bengals have many options in kick and punt returners including Adam Jones. He is a passionate player and could potentially see more returns this season with addition of highly touted rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
Cincinnati is loaded through and through. The Bengals have the talent needed to be successful and the special teams will thrive again this season.


07-31-2014, 09:31 AM
A.J. Green (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245422/a-j-green)
Height: 6'4"

Weight: 207
Age: 25
College: Georgia
Hometown: Summerville, SC
Experience: 4 years
Few wide receivers have had the immediate NFL success A.J. Green (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131126/a-j-green) has had. Through his first three seasons, Green has 260 receptions, 3,833 yards and 29 TDs. Green has surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons and has improved his receiving yards and receptions every year.
With 98 receptions and 1,426 yards in 2014, another year of statistical improvement would put Green over 100 receptions and 1,500 yards.

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What makes these stats even more amazing is that Green has plenty room for improvement. In 2013, Green was tied for 14th in the NFL with 7 dropped passes, many of which played big roles in Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) losses (see: Chicago, Miami, San Diego). Green's physical abilities are unquestioned (and unbelievable), but where he can improve in his fourth season is his mental approach to the game and cutting down on the mental lapses - which result in the drops.
Green is aware of this as well. According (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1673207/aj-green) to Green "If you're a great athlete, I feel like you'll think you always left something [on the table]....I feel like I still haven't reached my peak yet."
While some believe Green's numbers could dip in 2014 because Hue Jackson is a more run-oriented coach, Hue is also the type of coach that won't coddle Green like Gruden did and will expect - and get - more out of Green. According to Green, "[Hue's] never satisfied with where I am,...that's one thing about him. No matter what I do or what I've accomplished these first three years, there's always more I can do. I remember when the [NFL Network's] Top 100 came out and I was the No. 2 receiver, he said, 'OK, let's go be No. 1."
As a result, even if the number of passes thrown to Green decreases, I still see his stats increasing, and that is a good thing for the Bengals and a scary thing for the rest of the NFL.
Turn up, lean back, enjoy! Real football is 4 weeks away!


07-31-2014, 07:43 PM
Even on the lowest of NFL rosters, an undrafted college free agent has a hard road to tow. Front offices and coaches have quirky tendencies and preferences with players and usually like to stick with a known commodity over an unproven guy. Still, with cheap, young talent being plentiful in the draft, the undrafted kids sometimes get a chance.
There are a number of examples on the 2014 Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) roster, none more prevalent than linebacker Vontaze Burfict (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245415/vontaze-burfict), and the team has made it a recent annual tradition to keep an undrafted free agent or two that impressed them throughout camp. Former San Diego State wide receiver,Colin Lockett (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245427/colin-lockett) will be making a push to become the next guy in that Cincinnati tradition.

Lockett did a little bit of everything as an Aztec.in his four years. Interestingly enough, he came to the Southern California institution as a defensive back, but didn't have much of an effect there and was switched to offense as a sophomore. The results were immediate, as he racked up 58 catches, 970 yards and eight touchdowns at an impressive 16.7 average.
Though he never had the same stats in the subsequent two seasons, he did have a decent 2013 campaign with 52 catches, 736 yards and five touchdowns. Where he did shine quite a bit though was special teams, as he became the all-time Aztecs leader in kickoff return yardage. He hovered around 700 yards per season on returns, had a 24.1-yard career average and had three scores over three seasons as a returner.
The Rundown:

How he makes the final 53-man roster: It's going to have to be through special teams, at least initially. Lockett will have to show a knack to return kicks in order to potentially supplant incumbent Brandon Tate (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71180/brandon-tate).Showing the ability to work the slot as a receiver and impressing in that regard will help as well.
How we see it playing out: If he remains helathy and makes some plays in preseason, Lockett will likely be a Practice Squad candidate initially. It's not a knock on him either because the Bengals' receiving corps is pretty deep. We have seen Cincinnati receivers be called up to the active roster after being on the PS for a while, so his chance could come.
Who he reminds us of: A taller, leaner and higher-ceiling version of Quan Cosby. The little engine that could out of Texas was a fan-favorite back in 2009 and 2010 and Lockett could be a similar player. If ever given the chance, Lockett could be more of a factor on offense in the NFL than Cosby was.
Strengths: Versatility, long speed, toughness in traffic (plays bigger than his size at times), true team player.
Weaknesses: Slight build, injured at times, didn't totally dominate against weaker competition.

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08-03-2014, 10:16 AM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Jason Campbell

By Jason Marcum (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Jason%20Marcum)  @JasonB_Marcum (http://twitter.com/JasonB_Marcum) on Aug 3 2014, 7:20a + (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/8/3/5919139/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-jason-campbell#comments)

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Expected to be the backup behind Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell has done well through the beginning of training camp.
Jason Campbell
Position: Quarterback

Weight: 235
Age: 32
College: Auburn
Hometown: Laurel, MS
NFL Experience:10
The Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) signed quarterback Jason Campbell (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1522/jason-campbell) to a one-year contract this offseason. Though his stay in Cincinnati could be short, the Bengals hope the veteran will help in the development of Andy Dalton.
Entering Year 4, Dalton doesn't have much room to improve, but Campbell will be the backup with the most experience Dalton has ever played with.
Campbell went to Chicago as an unrestricted free agent for 2012 and to Cleveland as an UFA for 2013. He started eight of Cleveland's last nine games last season, completing 180-of-317 passes (56.8 percent) for 2015 yards with 11 TDs and eight INTs. He has 16,697 career passing yards, with 87 TDs vs. just 60 INTs. His career passer rating is 81.8. Campbell was released by Cleveland on March 12 after the team planned to go with Brian Hoyer and a rookie draft pick, which turned out to be Johnny Manziel.
"Jason obviously has extensive playing and starting history," said Marvin Lewis after the team signed Campbell, "and as a back-up (to Dalton), he can provide the stability and experience we're looking for in that role. His experience will be a great asset to our other quarterbacks."

The former first-round pick of the Washington Redskins took over Cleveland's starting QB position in Game 8 of last season and posted 100-plus passer ratings in his first two starts, at Kansas City and vs. Baltimore. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Nov. 3 performance against Baltimore, leading a 24-18 win with 23 completions in 35 attempts for 262 yards, three TDs and no INTs (rating of 116.6).
Campbell will be the best backup QB the Bengals have had since Dalton became the full-time starter as a rookie. Now, he'll have a veteran behind him with plenty of starting experience who can help him take the next step in his development, and hopefully help Cincinnati make a deep playoff-run in 2014.

08-03-2014, 06:44 PM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Andy Dalton

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What can we expect from the Bengals signal caller this season? Hopefully another trip to the post season and a better show when we get there.
Andy Dalton (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130796/andy-dalton)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
Age: 26
College: Texas Christian
Hometown: Katy, TX
Experience: 4
When doing player previews, you know that some guys are going to spark more conversation than others. This is probably the case for the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) signal-caller, Andy Dalton. When looking from the outside, Dalton gives you everything you want to see in a quarterback. He has a solid win loss record of 30-18.
Dalton set franchise records last season in passing yards (4293) and passing touchdowns (33). He was a pro-bowler after his rookie season and his numbers have improved every year. Dalton could join Joe Flacco (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34919/joe-flacco) as the only two quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to lead their teams to the playoffs in their first 4 seasons.
Then there is the negatives. This is the side that is debated on TV, radio, the Internet and water coolers everywhere. Dalton has failed to win a playoff game for this team and in trying has looked pretty bad. Dalton had 20 interceptions last season and some critical miscues in the bigger games of the season.
As this is a player preview and not a roast or defense of the young quarterback, I will switch to what we might be able to expect out of Andy this season.
Early in the offseason, Dalton spent time with quarterback guru Tom House. A guy that is well known around the league as the person that can help quarterbacks take that next step. In the past House has worked with Tom Brady (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1653/tom-brady), Drew Brees (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1998/drew-brees) and Carson Palmer. In their 5 days of work, House and Dalton worked on this throwing motion. More particularly in his focus and working the ball towards the target. This work and minor tweaks were done to improve his accuracy.
His counterparts on the field have noticed. Both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155096/marvin-jones) spent time with Dalton in the offseason working on their games.
"Best I've seen him," Sanu said. "He's put a lot of work in the offseason, just seeing how he approaches it ... it's on you fast. You turn around and you're like, 'whoa.'"
"He's got a lot of zing, a lot of velocity to him," Jones said. "Especially when it matches the intensity with the way we run our routes. We run our plays in different periods and it just brings everybody up, him included. He's spinning the ball real nice."
Part of what is going to affect Dalton's game the most this season is the new offense architect ed by Hue Jackson. The popular belief is that the Bengals are going to roll out a new running attack. This is going to allow the offense to dictate the game and take a lot of the burden off of Andy Dalton.
No one thinks that Dalton should be throwing the ball 51 times in a game like he did against theChargers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-diego-chargers) in the playoffs. With Jackson calling the plays he is going to rely on Dalton to make the throws he is comfortable with and allow the offense to bring a more balanced attack.
This probably means Dalton's numbers are going to go down. His yards and even touchdowns may not touch what he did last season. It also means we won't see the interceptions or the pressing Dalton felt he needed to do at times last season.
We may see the best play from Dalton this season compared to what he has done in the last 3. While his numbers may not top what he has done in the past, his accuracy and decision making should improve. If this is the case, the offense becomes more efficient and the Bengals may find themselves an even better, more rounded team.


08-07-2014, 11:27 AM
a nice article with lots of gifs:

Trey Hopkins: An in depth look at the Bengals Left Guard (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/8/7/5977703/trey-hopkins-an-in-depth-look-at-the-bengals-left-guard)

08-07-2014, 01:39 PM
Just saw a blurb on rotoworld where Marvin Lewis did an interview and called Queze the best rookie CB he's ever coached. Sounds good to me!

08-07-2014, 01:47 PM
Ever seen. Not coached. Even better.

08-07-2014, 01:47 PM
Just saw a blurb on rotoworld where Marvin Lewis did an interview and called Queze the best rookie CB he's ever coached. Sounds good to me!

yea I posted that in another thread a little while ago. High praise from Marvin. That includes:

Leon Hall
Jonathan Joseph
Dre Kirkpatrick
Duane Starks
Chris McAlister

08-10-2014, 04:08 PM
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Mays played in last season's first eight games, with one start, before suffering a season-ending shoulder dislocation against the New York Jets on the final snap of the first-half.
Taylor Mays
Position: Linebacker/Safety

Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Age: 26
College: Southern California
Hometown: Seattle, WA
NFL Experience: 5
The Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) make it a point to re-sign all of their backups who had a positive impact in the previous season. Taylor Mays (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108632/taylor-mays) struggled to do that for the majority of his career, but after entering training camp last year on the roster bubble as a safety, Mike Zimmer began playing him at linebacker as well.
The results were very good as Mays split time between those two spots, and he even played seldomly at cornerback. Needless to say, he became the Swiss Army knife of the defense.
This offseason, the Bengals re-signed Mays to a one-year deal. They're are banking on him returning to full health in 2014 and continuing to be a solid contributor off the bench.
Mays entered the NFL in 2010 as a second-round draft choice of San Francisco and was obtained by the Bengals in a 2011 trade. He has 50 career NFL games played, with 10 starts.
He has 79 career tackles, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a blocked punt recovery for a touchdown. Mays played in last season's first eight games, with one start, before suffering a season-ending shoulder dislocation against the New York Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) on the final snap of the first-half.
Mays could continue to pull double-duty and play both positions in 2014. That, or he could focus on playing linebacker full-time, but he probably should avoid playing safety full-time ever again.
He just doesn't have the lateral quickness and field vision to hold up in coverage, but the defensive backfield is pretty thin right now. Mays has a great shot to be on the final 53-man roster, but he's by no means a lock for it.

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/8/10/5919155/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-taylor-mays (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/8/10/5919155/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-taylor-mays)

08-11-2014, 07:12 AM
Cincinnati Bengals Roster Bubble Watch: Defensive Line

By BALCO Blue Bombers (http://www.sbnation.com/users/BALCO%20Blue%20Bombers) on Aug 11 2014, 7:00a + (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/8/11/5960279/bengals-roster-bubble-watch-defensive-line#comments)

Would you rather have Geathers or Moch? - Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Who will make the team as the eighth and ninth defensive linemen?

The point of these articles is not only to predict who the coaches and front office will decide are the 53 on the roster. It's also for us to decide what we personally think is the best set of 53 players, regardless of what the coaches/FO think.
So far, I have covered the FB/TE, halfback, WR, QB, and OL positional groups. Now it is time for the defensive line; we will likely carry 9.

Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, Margus Hunt, and Will Clarke are locks at DE. Dunlap will start at RDE and Gilberry will start at LDE. Geno Atkins (3-technique DT) and Domata Peko (nose tackle) are locks, while Brandon Thompson is a lock as Peko's solid backup at NT. Peko has declined somewhat, but is still our top option at NT.
That leaves two spots.
Robert Geathers is the longest-tenured Bengal. He doesn't rush the passer too well, and is an average run-defender. He provides a goodlocker-room presence and can be a mentor for Hunt and Clarke. Geathers is versatile. He plays LDE, RDE, as well as DT in nickel pass-rushing situations (a role that he has been ineffective in, but that the coaches still use him in anyway):

3rd and long situation in 11on11: nickel line was Hunt at LDE, Gilberry and Geathers at DT, Dunlap at RDE. Lamur and Burfict 2 nickel LBs
— Brennen Warner (@JustBeWarned) July 26, 2014 (https://twitter.com/JustBeWarned/statuses/493123897009905664)

The team loves Robert Geathers. First, the front office and coaches were willing to recently hand him a 3-year, $9.5 million contract that many scoffed at. Second, his teammates gave him last season's Ed Block Courage Award after his recovery from a season-ending injury:

DE Robert Geathers is #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) recipient of 2013 Ed Block Courage Award, honoring those who demonstrate values of sportsmanship & courage.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 13, 2014 (https://twitter.com/Bengals/statuses/422794780913840128)

Geoff Hobson (http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Camp-report-Lewis-ditches-Oklahoma-Hill-makes-some-plays/ca8bd3fa-976a-4f2b-a9f0-69fd9f54112b), who loves Geathers, offered this nugget:
Veteran end Robert Geathers' technique is as sound as music, and veteran ends Dontay Moch and Christo Bilukidi are going have an impact on preseason games even though there seems to be no place for them on the roster....

Geathers isn't a lock, but he's not squarely on the bubble, either. He's on the right side, and is likely in from the eyes of the coaches and front office.
I don't want to sell Geathers too short; he did have one good play in the first preseason game, albeit it was largely created by Peko (I've noticed that Geathers' few sacks over recent years have mostly been like this):

Robert Geathers gets the strip sack, but credit Peko for blowing the line back into Smith's face.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 8, 2014 (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr/statuses/497538184238989313)

Devon Still was a 2nd-round pick by the Bengals in 2012. In college, he was a consensus All-American and the 2011 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. He was strong, disruptive, agile, athletic, you name it. He had some injury concerns, though, as well as question marks regarding performance against the best competition, e.g. a game against Wisconsin in which he got manhandled by some dude named Kevin Zeitler. Still has the physical traits, standing at 6'5", 310 pounds with a 4.95 40 time.
He is primarily a 3-technique DT, and has been listed as the backup to Geno Atkins in camp. Because of Geno being out, Still has received a handful of first-team reps. Still can also back up at NT.
Still got very limited playing time in 2012, as the backup to Atkins. Still had a sack against the Redskins, and forced a fumble against the Steelers. He was reasonably productive given the little playing time.
In 2013, he was supposed to have a bigger role, especially after Atkins' injury, but he dislocated his elbow and also had a herniated disc, causing him to miss time. When he did play, he was clearly mediocre and not as good as 2012. We haven't seen anything significant from him in training camp, whether good or bad. Perhaps he's shaking off rust due to injuries. In 2013 preseason, Mike Zimmer called him into his office toquestion Still's effort.
Like Geathers, I can't call Still a guaranteed lock, but he's not squarely on the bubble, either. If only due to his draft status, he is more likely in than not.
Christo Bilukidi was signed off the street last November. He was a 6th-round pick by the Raiders in 2012 out of Georgia State.
In college he was a DT/DE hybrid, but so far with the Bengals he's mostly been a NT, behind Thompson and Peko. Hobson calls him a DE, though, so I'm not entirely sure. He has impressive physical traits, standing at 6'5", 320 pounds with a 4.9 40 time. Some other sites list him as 290 pounds, which is closer to DE size. Regardless, he's primarily a NT with us who can back up at 3-tech.
He got some decent playing time at the end of last season with Atkins and Still out. Personally, I thought he looked pretty good.
Bilukidi has had a good training camp so far: He's gotten reps with the first-string, getting time at 3-tech when Geno and Still were out:

But none of that is important compared to his personal life. He's an international man of mystery. He was born in Angola, has lived in France and Brazil, and eventually settled in Ottawa, Ontario. He also spends time in Cabo, Baja California. He's probably been to Europe plenty, given he is a huge fan of UEFA. He speaks fluent French and is conversant in other languages besides English.
He wakes up every morning to Bulletproof Coffee:

Wake up every morning to #bulletproofcoffee (https://twitter.com/hashtag/bulletproofcoffee?src=hash)#UpgradeYourself (https://twitter.com/hashtag/UpgradeYourself?src=hash) @BPAmbassadors (https://twitter.com/BPAmbassadors) @bulletproofexec (https://twitter.com/bulletproofexec)pic.twitter.com/1Qx4W5HDrf (http://t.co/1Qx4W5HDrf)
— Christos (@montechristo96) February 28, 2014 (https://twitter.com/montechristo96/statuses/439439020385243136)

I mean, drinking "Bulletproof" Coffee and being an international man of mystery? Bengal by day, spy by night. That picture looks like it could have been taken at a CIA safehouse.
Bilukidi did well in the first preseason game, with a sack as well as a tackle for loss. Would the Bengals be willing to disregard draft status and potentially keep Bilukidi over Still if Bilukidi continues to prove himself?
Dontay Moch was acquired off waivers from the Cardinals in March. Of course, Moch was a third-round pick by the Bengals in 2011. We passed over Justin Houston at the same DE/OLB position to get Moch. We also passed over DeMarco Murray, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, and Richard Sherman.
Physical traits have never been the problem for Moch. He's 6'2", 257 pounds with a 4.44 40 time.
He won't offer much as a run-stopper, so he has to prove himself as a pass-rusher. Moch would be at either LDE or RDE with Dunlap/Gilberry kicking inside next to Atkins. He would be useful in any scheme with an OLB edge rusher, such as James Harrison's old nickel 3-3-5 edge rusherrole. Moch primarily plays RDE, but can pass-rush from LDE.
Like Brandon Tate, Moch is a preseason beast. Moch has 7.5 sacks in preseason with the Bengals in 2012 and 2013, as well as the first game of 2014. That's 7.5 sacks in limited playing time over 9 games.
Hobson says that Moch has been "held back by injuries and migraines." Moch has played one game in his Bengals career. As messjunk noted, Moch has a higher number of preseason sacks than career snaps.
Two Saturdays ago, I watched Moch pass-rushing from LDE and he beat Svitek badly. That's not saying too much, since Svitek isn't very good, but Moch was too quick and physical for him on an inside move, almost immediately blowing through Svitek. Moch rushing from the edge/outside is his main asset, so it's nice to see he can win on an inside move too.
Moch did well in the first preseason game, with an impressive sack and forced fumble. He is only 26, and the physical upside is there. Of all the DL on the bubble, Moch is clearly the one who can contribute on special teams, too. He's finally healthy. Is he worth keeping over Geathers and his intangibles?
Sam Montgomery has been a highly touted prospect for a while. In high school, he was ESPN's #2 DL prospect. In college, he was first-team SEC, second-team All-America, and projected by many to be a first-round pick.
He had an okay combine; he stands at 6'3", 270 pounds with a 4.81 40 time. What scared some teams away, though, was his own comments about his lack of effort. He dropped to the third round, where the Texans scooped him up.
A few months later, Montgomery and two others were released from the Texans for smoking marijuana. The Raiders then signed him, but immediately cut him. We picked him up in April. There hasn't been much heard from him except for that brouhaha about nearly being tased afterspeeding.
In preseason, he's been used both as a DE and nickel DT. He did poorly. On the replay of Dre Kirkpatrick's pick-6, you can see that Montgomery literally stumbles backward when trying to go up against the Kansas City OL. Also, this:

On Chase Daniel's big third-down scramble and pick-up, Sam Montgomery was completely blown up by his blocker. Pushed way out of play.
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) August 8, 2014 (https://twitter.com/ColeyHarvey/statuses/497549479613329408)

His chances to make the roster aren't good. Hobson, who is the master of putting a positive spin on things, says Montgomery "shows big potential upside," though.
On another note, he loves Sonic the Hedgehog:

If you do not grind you do not shine #SonicFacts (https://twitter.com/hashtag/SonicFacts?src=hash)
— Sonic Sam Montgomery (@Sonic99_SC) July 23, 2014 (https://twitter.com/Sonic99_SC/statuses/491738420855975936)

I see Larry Black, David King, Zach Minter, and LaKendrick Ross as practice-squad-at-best material. These guys are well below the bubble and don't have a serious shot at the roster, because the DL group above is just difficult to break in to. A DL (most likely a DT) will be kept on the practice squad for depth purposes, possibly Larry Black, who is listed as the top 3-tech DT besides Still and Atkins, and who also played NT for us last training camp before suffering that brutal injury shown on Hard Knocks.
It's clear that this last two spots likely belong to Still and Geathers in the eyes of the coaches and front office, Still for draft status and potential, and Geathers for intangibles (like Green-Ellis). Personally, though, I hope they aren't afraid to hand those spot(s) to Bilukidi and/or Moch if one or both of them proves themselves in preseason. Still and Geathers are the supposedly safe choices. On the other hand, Bilukidi and Moch are the boom-or-bust choices.
I might want Bilukidi because he has had a good training camp, plus Peko is declining and Thompson and especially Still still (that was fun) need to show more. Moch offers a lot of potential; you can't forget about him, plus he contributes on special teams. If those two can prove themselves, it could be a big boom. But if these two can't prove themselves, I'm fine with Still and Geathers, instead of risking a big bust.
Again, the poll below is about who you personally think should make it, not necessarily what you predict the coaches/FO will choose.


08-14-2014, 10:04 AM
Grant Halverson

The backfield in Cincinnati is crowded with experience, talent, and leadership. Will the highly talented Wilder do enough to make it past cut-down day?

James Wilder Jr.
Position: Running Back

Hometown: Tampa Florida
College: Florida State
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 232 lbs
Age: 22
NFL Experience: Rookie

James Wilder Jr. arrived in Cincinnati with expectations of making the final roster. He went undrafted and arrives to a very crowded backfield. At Florida State, Wilder was in the same situation with Devonta Freeman (4th-round pick), and Karlos Williams (projected as a top 5-10 RB in 2015) got the bulk of the carries.

Wilder was still able to get his touches and average 7 yards per carry. He had a total of 81 carries, 563 yards, and 8 TDs; not bad for the third guy on the depth chart. It could be the same situation that we are seeing prove fruitful with James Wright; a good player that just happened to be behind to really good players.

Wilder is a strong back that has been know to get you the tough yards, when he is given the opportunity. His main issue in being a short yardage back is he can tend to run too upright. He also does have some off the field baggage that he brings with him. He was arrested a few times during his time at FSU.

It was mostly minor stuff, but surely something that the Bengals will be keeping there eye on. All indications so far in camp are that he has his head screwed on straight now. The key to him making this team is going to be his ability to contribute on special teams. He has all the tools to play in the NFL; it's just a matter of whether or not he will capitalize on his opportunities this preseason.

Wilder is still a long shot to make this team no matter how it shakes out. His age, talent, and high upside might just sway the staff to keep him. No matter who wins the final running back spot, they aren't going to see much of the field unless someone goes down. He could be an exciting player to look forward to in 2015, if he sticks around.

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08-14-2014, 01:18 PM

We look at the second-year man and his outlook on making the Bengals 2014 roster. Can he crack the final 53?

Heartbreak. That's what Bengals fans were feeling when they saw undrafted rookie Larry Black go down with an injury on "Hard Knocks" last year. It's also how the young man out of the UNiversity of Indiana's season ended. Black's ankle broke, but his will to compete the very next year did not.
Black was actually during some heads early at camp, even amidst heavy competition at the defensive tackle position. Almost everyone knew that he was a long-shot behind two recent high draft picks (Devon Still and Brandon Thompson) and two other entrenched starters in Domata Peko and Geno Atkins.

As a senior, Black had 36 total tackles (12 for loss), four sacks on a team that only went 4-8 in 2012. Still, Black was a standout player on their defense. Though he wasn't highly-touted in the draft, the Bengals did like what they saw out of him before the injury.
Quick-Look Bio:

HT: 6'2"
WT: 302
EXP: 2
No. 63
The Rundown:

How he makes the final 53-man roster: With the enormous depth at the position and Geno Atkins returning from his own season-ending injury sooner than most expected, it looks like an uphill climb for Black. Still, if other injuries occur (God forbid), Black could sneak his way on somehow, even if it's just for a handful of games. The scenario surrounding wide receiver Marvin Jones and his broken foot could open up opportunities for players like Black. He only had one tackle in the team's preseason opener against Kansas City though.
How we see it playing out: Black will probably be vying for a Practice Squad spot this year. If he continues to progress, he could find a niche when Peko begins to look at the end of his career in the next season or two. There is just too much talent at the defensive tackle position in front of him at this point. It's tough to say it because he is an easy guy to root for, given what happened to him last year.
Strengths: High-motor player and a coach's dream to have on a squad. Eats space well and doesn't easily get manhandled at the point of attack. Has the ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage relatively often, be it sacks or against the run.
Weaknesses: Plays upright at times and doesn't move well laterally. More of a quick first burst, straight up-field kind of player.


08-15-2014, 02:14 PM
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A Bengals roster staple since 2010, Cedric Peerman has been a special teams contributor and spot offensive player. The team appears to be prepared to rely on him again in 2014--or will they?

Run the football. That is Marvin Lewis' and Hue Jackson's mantra for the Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) offense this year. Give them credit for sticking to their guns too, as the team made moves to solidify their offensive line and running back stable. Seemingly beginning to get lost in the shuffle is sixth-year veteran, Cedric Peerman (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71392/cedric-peerman).
All Peerman has done since becoming a Bengal back in 2010 is everything the coaches have asked of him--some of the time it's dirty work on special teams. He has had a couple of highlight-reel hits as a gunner and has a knack for racking up big runs on fake punt plays. In short, Peerman is the type of player that most don't appreciate until they aren't on the roster anymore.

No.30 has stuck around as the third or fourth back on the team, but has only had one year that he contributed on offense in any noticeable fashion. In 2012, Peerman was pressed into action because of injuries and had a nice three-game stretch against the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants), Chiefs (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/kansas-city-chiefs) and Raiders (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/oakland-raiders). In those games, he had 22 carries for 157 yards (7.1 YPC) and a receiving touchdown. Not too shabby, though it didn't last long and Peerman was back to his primary duty of special teams.
He's at a crossroads this season with the club, though. For two straight years the Bengals have drafted running backs in the second round, making them roster locks. Incumbent starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34875/benjarvus-green-ellis) is in a battle of his own to make the team, as both he and Peerman also haveRex Burkhead (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/193885/rex-burkhead) and James Wilder, Jr. nipping at their heels.
Quick-Look Bio:

HT: 5'10"
WT: 214
EXP: 6th season
No. 30
College: Virginia
The Rundown:

How he makes the roster: Special teams, special teams and more special teams. It's his forte and the team appears to be needing him after late-season slip-ups on returns that have also seemed to bleed into this preseason. Even so, this may not be enough for Peerman to end up on the final 53-man roster. The coaching staff dedicated the preseason opener against the Chiefs to seeing what they have in the new(er), young backs. Those youngsters looking to take Peerman's place didn't look bad, either.
How we see it playing out: You have to figure that Giovani Bernard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/193381/giovani-bernard) andJeremy Hill (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245424/jeremy-hill) are locks. The Bengals usually keep four backs on the roster, so that leaves two spots from there, for what seems like four guys: Peerman, Burkhead, Green-Ellis and Wilder. Marvin Lewis loves his special teams guys, so maybe that is how Peerman sticks. Still, you have to figure that Burkhead is/was a Jackson guy and the organization loves The Law Firm's professional approach and locker room presence. Which two win the spots?
Strengths: Special teams captain, who lays the thunder on punt coverages. A great player to have on a team, who puts his head down and does what you ask. Decent open field speed, though more of a one-cut runner. Most of his offensive plays have gone for huge yardage. High-quality player off the field as well.
Weaknesses: Not a lot of wiggle--usually needs big holes opened up for his big plays. Not much offensive statistical production for his time with the club and doesn't have a NFL starter skill set.


08-19-2014, 01:05 PM
Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Marvin Jones

By Alex Peterman (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Alex%20Peterman) on Aug 19 2014, 12:33p + (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/8/19/6005887/cincinnati-bengals-player-preview-marvin-jones#comments)

Andy Lyons

The Bengals will miss him in his absence during the first part of the season, but when they get him back to 100%, the team can rest assured that he'll bring a huge boost of momentum to the receiver core and likely to Dalton's confidence on the field.
We already know Marvin Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155096/marvin-jones) will be nursing a surgically repaired foot for the first quarter of the 2014 season, and it's true that only the remarkable depth at wide receiver will save the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) in that time. That statement speaks to the talent the Bengals have on the roster, but it also says volumes about what Marvin Jones brings to this Cincinnati team.
Last year, Jones had a breakout season, with 712 yards on 51 receptions, to go along with 10 touchdowns. Those head-turning statistics are only for the 24-year-old's second year in the NFL. And it's also only with the young star having started three games last year.

His single standout game came against a solid Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) defense in which Dalton found Jones in the end zone for four scores to go on top of eight receptions and 122 yards receiving. From there, he was a much more consistent producer on the field, and his statistics all noticeably jumped.

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In a very young receiver core that is led by proven star A.J. Green (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131126/a-j-green), it may be that we're missing the budding stars around the top talent for the Bengals. While Green was constantly drawing double-coverage and safety shadowing, it opened up a lot more room for other receivers to literally catch their way to making themselves more known on the Bengals roster.
And, that being said, Jones was the most ready to step up to the call. His statistics speak for themselves, and so does his now-proven talent. The Bengals will miss him in his absence during the first part of the season, but when they get him back to 100 percent, the team can rest assured that he'll bring a huge boost of momentum to the receiver core and likely to Dalton's confidence on the field.
He can only get better with time.


06-22-2015, 09:31 AM
curious to see how the 2014 puff pieces compare to their 2015 versions.

Cincinnati Bengals 2015 Training Camp Profile: QB AJ McCarron

By Dan Miller (http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/author/danmiller/) on June 21, 2015
http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/files/2015/06/AJ-McCarron-Cincinnati-Bengals.jpg (http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/files/2015/06/AJ-McCarron-Cincinnati-Bengals.jpg)Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals/) have something to be excited about in their quarterback position as the team heads into training camp. Fifth-year quarterback Andy Dalton has led the team to the playoffs in each season he has been in the league and the Bengals have the ideal insurance policy in backup AJ McCarron. Although Dalton has the credentials and the contract to be the starter come Week 1, the Bengals’ coaching staff believes that McCarron has the capability to one day be a starting quarterback.

McCarron has been getting some attention in this year’s offseason workouts as the quarterback has made progresses in his recovery from a shoulder soreness that kept him sidelined his entire rookie season. Defensive end Wallace Gilberryshared his comments during OTAs saying that McCarron had improved his throwing motion and that he was performing well.

This past week the Bengals released Terrelle Pryor following their three-day mandatory minicamp, which solidifies McCarron as the team’s No. 2 quarterback.

Since Dalton was drafted by the Bengals in 2011, he has started every game in his career. The development of McCarron as a potential starter in the near future could be the motivation Dalton needs to improve going into the 2015 season.

McCarron, a two-time National Champion during his collegiate career at Alabama, now looks like an NFL ready quarterback.

Dalton’s contract, worth $96 million, keeps him with the team through the 2020 season. However, it is essentially a year-to-year contract and the Bengals can choose to opt out of the contract before the 2016 season.

Many believe that if Dalton begins to struggle in 2015, especially in prime time games, he should be replaced. With the emergence of a running game and a healthy set of receivers, Dalton will have the best supporting cast he has ever had around him in order to succeed this season.

One thing is certain, it will be exciting to see what McCarron will be able to do with his first snaps a Bengal in the 2015 preseason. However, it will be even more exciting to see what the Bengals will decide to do about their future at quarterback if McCarron continues to impress.