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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    Well. there's the answer to my question about why Shelton made the PS over McRae. Kind of odd that McRae would switch from one practice squad to another but the Bengals are deeper at CB than the Ravens. Might be an easier path/climb.
    The good news is that, if we are desperate and want to sign him to the 53, the fact that he's only on a practice squad makes that automatic.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by alleycat View Post
    The good news is that, if we are desperate and want to sign him to the 53, the fact that he's only on a practice squad makes that automatic.
    Yup. And it's not like McRae will be the only practice squad guy on another team that I'll keep my eye on. I've been secretly hoping the Bengals would show interest in a player the Browns cut and then added to the PS just this morning. DE Tyrone Holmes. The Bengals don't have a pass rusher developing on the practice squad. Holmes fits the Bengals new DE template if you don't look too close. A little shorter and a little lighter maybe but he flashes as a pass rusher. Best fit IMO would be as an undersized 4-3 DE. Originally a 6th round pick of the Jags last year. I'm thinking Chris Smith part 2.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    Well. there's the answer to my question about why Shelton made the PS over McRae. Kind of odd that McRae would switch from one practice squad to another but the Bengals are deeper at CB than the Ravens. Might be an easier path/climb.
    Same deal with Toner. He was on the AZ practice squad all last year and he decided to sign on here instead.

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    Lance McAlisterVerified account @LanceMcAlister 8h8 hours agoMore



    Noticing a couple of sports books with #Bengals now 3 point home dog vs Ravens.

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    We'll see how much the preseason matters. Flacco has missed all of it, but the Ravens defense has looked pretty good during that time. On the flip side, Dalton hasn't missed any of it, but the Bengals defense has looked so so.

    No Burfict leading the defense? No Jones leading the secondary? Iloka missing so much of the preseason?

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by mongo View Post
    We'll see how much the preseason matters. Flacco has missed all of it, but the Ravens defense has looked pretty good during that time. On the flip side, Dalton hasn't missed any of it, but the Bengals defense has looked so so.

    No Burfict leading the defense? No Jones leading the secondary? Iloka missing so much of the preseason?

    I expect a low scoring game. Balt D is strong as you say... secondary is better and they have a good front 7. Their offense - Flacco had the injury, and other guys have been nicked as well... Perriman, Ronnie Stanley up front. Losing Dixon (RB) early hurt them.

    Not a gimme by any stretch but playing at home against an offense where timing may be off should bring a win. Baltimore doesn't really scare me in the division, but a lot can happen in 16 games.

  8. #18
    Coach Marvin Lewis in spotlight as Bengals go younger




    Updated: 11:23 PM EDT Sep 4, 2017




    Associated Press


    CINCINNATI (AP) —Marvin Lewis has been with his team longer than any other NFL head coach besides Bill Belichick at New England.
    For the first time in years, his tenure is at risk.


    Lewis is finishing his contract as he enters his 15th season with the Bengals. Cincinnati has been through two painful seasons, following a home playoff meltdown against Pittsburgh in 2015 and a 6-9-1 finish last season. Lewis failed to get a contract extension in the offseason.

    He readily acknowledges he would have been replaced already by any owner other than Mike Brown, who values loyalty. Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs, an NFL record for futility. His team had five straight first-round playoff losses, another record.

    "In coaching, I've been fortunate in my 37 years," said Lewis, who also has been an assistant in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington. "I've had very few jobs, where unfortunately a lot of coaches had to move."

    If he wants to stay beyond 2017, Lewis will have to do one of his best coaching jobs. The Bengals got a lot younger in the offseason, and they're dealing with suspensions for cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and linebacker Vontaze Burfict at the outset.

    After making the playoffs five straight seasons from 2011-15, they fell back last season. Receiver A.J. Green, running back Giovani Bernard and tight end Tyler Eifert missed significant playing time but are fully recovered.

    This is a pivotal season in Cincinnati, where the Bengals will find out if last season was an anomaly or the start of a downward trend.
    "I wouldn't say the window has closed," quarterback Andy Dalton said.

    Some things to watch this season:

    BURFICT, BURFICT, BURFICT
    : The Bengals have steadfastly defended their volatile linebacker, whose history of egregious hits - most notably the one on Antonio Brown's head that led to the playoff meltdown against Pittsburgh - has become a focus for the league. He's suspended for the first three games after leveling a Chiefs running back during a preseason game.

    Burfict is their most irreplaceable defensive player, and also their most mercurial. He's drawn fewer fines and penalties than earlier in his career, but his unpredictability remains a concern. He set off a scrum during a practice in training camp when he tackled Bernard during a non-contact drill.

    ZAMPESE'S SECOND CHANCE:
    While Lewis gets attention for his contract situation, offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is in the spotlight as well. He was elevated to the position last season when Hue Jackson became the Browns' head coach, and the offense struggled in its new incarnation.

    Jackson was known for his flair and creativity; Zampese took a more straightforward approach. The running game never got into a rhythm, and Zampese wasn't able to come up with viable options after players got hurt.

    "The results didn't unfold as I anticipated, but the process of how the weeks work and the duties and all those things happened exactly how I thought it would," Zampese said.

    THOSE YOUNG TACKLES:
    Cedric Obguehi has one career start at left tackle, where he'll fill in for Andrew Whitworth. Jake Fisher has three career starts at right tackle. Whether they can hold their own is the main question on offense. Ogbuehi got the job at right tackle last season, but played so poorly that he wound up benched and later moved to the left side, his more accustomed spot. Dalton was sacked 41 times last season, twice as often as in either of the two previous seasons.

    YOUNG DEFENSIVE LINE, TOO: The Bengals have let go of tackle Domata Peko and ends Wallace Gilberry and Margus Hunt, giving their young linemen openings to move into bigger roles. In the past two years, they've drafted tackles Andrew Billings and Ryan Glasgow and end Jordan Willis.

    "There's going to be a step up and an uptick here on Sunday, but I think they're ready for it," Lewis said.

    EXTRA MOTIVATION: Many Bengals went through their first losing season in Cincinnati, learning what it's like to be playing out a season in December. It wasn't fun.

    "The weeks go a lot faster when you're winning, the city is better when you're winning, and there's not a lot of nitpicking," Jones said.

    "Since I've been here, I've had only two losing seasons. I'm not used to that. Every now and then, you're going to have a year like that."



    http://www.wlwt.com/article/coach-ma...unger/12170644







  9. #19
    #Bengals have added 28 new banners around the stadium this year. Have 26 players and two SB head coaches.

  10. #20
    Flacco on track to play in regular season opener
    John Harbaugh says his QB is "ready to roll"
    By: Jake Gordon | Sep 6 2017, 12:06 pm

    Baltimore Ravens
    John Harbaugh said that Flacco has not experienced any setbacks since returning to practice last weekend. As a result, the coach declared the quarterback “ready to roll” despite his limited on-field preparations. Flacco agreed with the coach. “It’s not ideal but I feel good now and I’m ready to go,” Flacco said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. (ProFootball Talk)

    FFToday's Take: Expect Joe Flacco and the passing game to have a little rust against the Bengals this week. He hasn't seen many reps prior to this week and has several new faces in the huddle.

    http://www.fftoday.com/news/index.php?Item=11766

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