Cincinnati Bengals


Bengals tight end impressing in camp with bigger body, stronger hands

If you’re handicapping Cincinnati Bengals superlatives, there are some obvious favorites for MVP (A.J. Green), Rookie of the Year (John Ross or Joe Mixon) and Comeback Player of the Year (Giovani Bernard). But the leading candidate for Most Improved might come as somewhat of surprise. ›› Bengals rookie reluctant to talk, eager to shine Tight end Tyler Kroft turned in several strong...
Bengals announce list of 24 legends to be honored in Weeks 1, 2

Bengals announce list of 24 legends to be honored in Weeks 1, 2

As part of their 50th season celebration, the Cincinnati Bengals will honor former players at each home game this season. On Thursday, the team announced which players will be on the field for the first two home games. The player’s ranking in Bengals First 50 list is in parenthesis. Week 1, Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore: QB Ken Anderson (2) WR Isaac Curtis (9) CB Ken Riley (11) CB/PR/KR Lemar...
Oddsmakers aren’t confident in Bengals, Browns postseason chances

Oddsmakers aren’t confident in Bengals, Browns postseason chances

Sports Betting Dime considers the Bengals and Browns non-contenders. The site gives the Bengals 3/1 odds to reach the postseason, while the Browns are 5/1. The only team with worse odds than Cleveland is the New York Jets. The Jets, at 49/1, are considered about the biggest playoff longshot in recent NFL history by most pundits. Cincinnati has rookie running back Joe Mixon, who was given 10/1...
Four Ohio cities rank among top 10 in producing NFL players

Four Ohio cities rank among top 10 in producing NFL players

Ohio has four cities – including Nos. 1 and 2 – in the top 10 in producing NFL players per capita, according to a recent study. »RELATED: Area products who have played in the Super Bowl Youngstown tops the list, followed by Canton, with Cincinnati at No. 9 and Cleveland at No. 10, according to a study by AreaVibes. The study was based on cities with populations of at least 10,000...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Bengals rookie reluctant to talk, eager to shine

Bengals rookie reluctant to talk, eager to shine

There are two nights during Jordan Willis’ brief NFL career that illustrate who he is as a person. The first was April 28, the day the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Willis in the third round out of Kansas State. While other prospective picks were partying with friends and family while watching the draft on television, Willis was sitting alone in his bedroom in Kansas City. The other defining night...
Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their final full practice of training camp Wednesday, and the first one void of any fans. After a walk-through Thursday, the Bengals will take Friday off and then face Kansas City on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. After that, the schedule shifts into regular-season mode, where media are kicked out of practice after 30 minutes. That makes this final observation article...
Bengals players big fans of FC Cincinnati

Bengals players big fans of FC Cincinnati

Some of the biggest FC Cincinnati fans are in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room. A number of players tweeted their support and appreciation for the soccer team Tuesday night during and after the 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup. “I enjoyed it a lot,” tight end Tyler Eifert said. “It’s something else to do here in Cincinnati...
Marvin Lewis addresses defensive dominance at Monday’s practice

Marvin Lewis addresses defensive dominance at Monday’s practice

Speaking at his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis addressed Monday’s practice where the defense seemed to wreck nearly everything the offense was trying to do. “It was good that they had to understand the situation of where that particular drill was and what the focus was to make sure we get re-focused correctly...
What’s the future hold for Jeremy Hill?

What’s the future hold for Jeremy Hill?

Jeremy Hill ran hard in the Bengals’ preseason win over the Bucs, but it was rookie Joe Mixon whose shiftiness caught fans’ and evaluators’ eyes. Hill isn’t out of the mix just yet. He had seven rushes for 26 yards in the opener, and hasn’t been supplanted by Mixon just yet. In an NFL.com article creating fantasy trades, Marc Sessler suggested trading Hill to the...
ESPN’s perfect NFL team includes surprising Bengal

ESPN’s perfect NFL team includes surprising Bengal

When assembling the “perfect” NFL team, Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims likely isn’t one of your priority selections. Bill Barnwell of ESPN took a shot at developing what he considers the optimal NFL roster, factoring in salary, future considerations and self-imposed regulations (to stop him from taking too many Patriots or Cowboys, for example). <div></div><br>...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Young Bengals corners impress in first extensive preseason action

Young Bengals corners impress in first extensive preseason action

The Cincinnati Bengals got an extended look at young cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson in Friday night’s preseson opener against Tampa Bay, but defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle would have liked to have seen even more. “We weren’t challenged as much on the perimeter passing game as I would really would have hoped to have been in that game,” Coyle said. &ldquo...
Observations from Bengals training camp

Observations from Bengals training camp

Blessed with unseasonably cool temperatures and low humidity for much of training camp, the Cincinnati Bengals held their hottest practice yet on Tuesday, with the mercury approaching 90 degrees. The proverbial heat, however, was much lower as the defense dialed back on the blitzes that wrecked the offense for much of Monday’s practice. Here are some observations from the penultimate full practice...
Bengals, Browns rank low in ESPN power rankings

Bengals, Browns rank low in ESPN power rankings

The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns aren’t held in high regard by the World Wide Leader. In ESPN’s latest power rankings, the Bengals came in at No. 22, while the Browns were 30th. The Bengals moved up a spot from their immediate post-draft ranking, and ESPN won’t rule out a return to the postseason soon. “The Bengals missed the playoffs for the first time since...
Observations from Bengals training camp

Observations from Bengals training camp

Not even the debut of first-round pick John Ross could help the Cincinnati Bengals offense on Monday. ›› VIDEO: First-round pick John Ross talks about his 11-on-11 debut On the heels of Friday night’s win against Tampa Bay , the Bengals had meetings but no practice Saturday, and Sunday was an off day. And the rust showed for Ken Zampese’s offense...
Bengals get first glimpse of first-round pick Ross in team drills

Bengals get first glimpse of first-round pick Ross in team drills

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick John Ross had his most active practice Monday, but the team is still asking the wide receiver to do something that’s completely foreign to him: Take it slow. The speedster from the University of Washington, who set a Combine record by running the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds, took part in 1-on-1 and 11-on-11 drills for the first time, but his reps were limited...
Photos: The top left-handed QBs in NFL history

Photos: The top left-handed QBs in NFL history

Since Sunday was International Lefthanders Day, we have ranked the top quarterbacks to play the position with such a distinction. Where does former Falcon Mike Vick rank? How about Tim Tebow?
Bengals activate running back from injury list

Bengals activate running back from injury list

The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday announced running back Cedric Peerman has passed his physical and is expected to practice this afternoon. Peerman had been on the Non-Football Injury list since the start of training camp with a hamstring injury. A 2015 Pro Bowl selection for his play on special teams, Peerman is entering his eighth season and could find himself battling for a roster spot with the...
PFF grades Bengals, Browns QB play well after one week

PFF grades Bengals, Browns QB play well after one week

The Bengals and Browns both received strong quarterback play in their first preseason games. DeShone Kizer emerged looking like a star in his Browns debut. He earned an 83.0 ranking from Pro Football Focus, the best in the division. Cody Kessler came in fourth at 68.8. The Bengals’ Jeff Driskel scored a 73, three points behind the Ravens’ Josh Woodrum for second. Kizer went 11-for-18 with...
Bengals corners log substantial snaps in preseason opener

Bengals corners log substantial snaps in preseason opener

Players expected to start the regular-season opener usually don’t see a lot of action in the preseason opener, but that was not the case for cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson, one of whom likely will start Sept. 10 against Baltimore while Adam Jones serves his suspension. Dennard and Jackson each were on the field for 40 0f of a possible 70 plays Friday night in ...
Former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason among best lefties in NFL history

Former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason among best lefties in NFL history

Sunday was Left Hander’s Day, and the Bengals promptly celebrated former quarterback Boomer Esiason. Esiason, now a CBS NFL analyst, quarterbacked the Bengals from 1984-1992. Esiason’s 80 wins are the third-most by a left-handed signal caller since 1950, trailing only Ken Stabler (96) and Steve Young (92). <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet">...
Bengals showcase depth in first preseason win

Bengals showcase depth in first preseason win

The Bengals are coming off a losing campaign, their first since 2010. As the team tries to recover, it appears it can again lean on its great depth. Friday’s 23-12 win over the Buccaneers, as meaningless as it was, showcased the Bengals’ deep roster. Third string quarterback Jeff Driskel looked as good as he ever has, completing eight of nine passes for 97 yards and a score. He additionally...
Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

After a weekend spent mostly off the grid, I’m in catch-up mode this morning.  I missed the Bengals’ first preseason game, but my biggest takeaways from Jay Morrison’s takeaways were that new defensive ends Chris Smith and Jordan Willis has nice games and the offensive line wasn’t bad.  The ability of those guys — not to mention running back Joe Mixon...
WATCH: Bengals’ Jordan Willis flashes burst, but also stonewalled

WATCH: Bengals’ Jordan Willis flashes burst, but also stonewalled

Bengals third-round rookie Jordan Willis had a mixed showing on Friday. In his debut, Willis collected his first sack, but got bodied by Buccaneers rookie tight end O.J. Howard, among others. Willis exploded off the line to sack Bucs signal caller Ryan Griffin. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yo! Jordan...
Chris Smith stands out in first Bengals preseason game

Chris Smith stands out in first Bengals preseason game

The Bengals acquired defensive end Chris Smith from Jacksonville for a conditional 2018 draft pick. One preseason game in, it looks like a shrewd move. Smith debuted with a bang Friday night, collecting two quarterback hits and a tackle for loss that forced a fumble. Smith just missed sacking Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for a safety. Incumbent starting defensive end Michael Johnson didn&rsquo...
Relive Jeff Driskel’s touchdown scramble against Buccaneers

Relive Jeff Driskel’s touchdown scramble against Buccaneers

Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel is battling for the third spot on a deep depth chart behind Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. His mission got off to a quick start in Friday night’s 23-12 win over the Buccaneers. Driskel completed 8 of 9 passes for 97 yards with a passing touchdown to rookie wideout Josh Malone, but it was his 18 yard scramble that caught Twitter’s eye. The former Louisiana...
Bengals kickers going toe to toe to win job

Bengals kickers going toe to toe to win job

If Randy Bullock and Jake Elliott keep this up, the Bengals are going to have an extremely difficult decision on their hands on cutdown day. »RELATED: 5 things to know about Bengals preseason opener The competition for the kicker job that already was neck and neck coming into Friday’s game got even closer when Bullock hit field goals of 54 and 49 yards and converted his only extra point...
5 things to know about Bengals win against Buccaneers

5 things to know about Bengals win against Buccaneers

There were 33 players making their Cincinnati Bengals debuts Friday night, and at times it seemed as though they were playing a game of “top this.” On a night full of impressive debuts, the most impressive belonged to third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another to rally the Bengals for a 23-12 comeback victory against Tampa Bay at Paul Brown Stadium...
Bengals rookie Mixon gets big surprise for NFL debut

Bengals rookie Mixon gets big surprise for NFL debut

Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon has been one of the stars since training camp began July 27, so no one was surprised by what he did Friday night. Instead it was Mixon who got the surprise, when his mom showed up unannounced to watch her son’s NFL debut that featured him averaging 5.2 yards per carry with a long of 13 in addition to turning a routine check-down pass from AJ McCarron...
Surprise star lifts Bengals to win in preseason opener

Surprise star lifts Bengals to win in preseason opener

A player making his first appearance in a Cincinnati Bengals jersey stole the show, but his name wasn’t Joe. Rookie running back Joe Mixon was indeed impressive in his NFL debut, but the night belonged to third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another to rally the Bengals for a 23-12 victory against Tampa Bay in the preseason opener Friday night at Paul...
Former Bengals linebacker gets 180 days in jail

Former Bengals linebacker gets 180 days in jail

Former Bengals linebacker Jerome Schaffer has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for misdemeanor assault and indecent exposure, according to the Associated Press. His attorney hopes to reduce the sentence to just probation in a hearing in late August. Schaffer was arrested in February for a series of events that included him getting in a fight, attempting to break into cars and exposing himself at...
Browns coach Jackson careful with praise about QB Kizer

Browns coach Jackson careful with praise about QB Kizer

Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to claim DeShone Kizer as the Browns’ starting quarterback because of one preseason game.  “I think it’s way too early to talk about that,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Tony Grossi. “Let’s see it for what it was: the guy made some plays at the end to give us a chance to win, but there’s still...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Report: Bengals rejected 2nd-round pick for QB AJ McCarron

Report: Bengals rejected 2nd-round pick for QB AJ McCarron

The Bengals reportedly turned down an offseason trade that would have sent them a second-round pick in exchange for quarterback A.J. McCarron. MMQB’s Albert Breer writes: Trade rumors were sparked this week by a Denver radio station (104.3 The Fan) host who said the Broncos were “aggressively” pursuing a deal for the Cincinnati backup.  Denver GM John Elway quickly...
6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

After unfurling banners, standing sculptures and counting down legends to honor their 50th season, the Cincinnati Bengals will finally get to hit the field, and an opponent, at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both teams’ preseason opener. Other than a couple of goal-line plays, the Bengals haven’t done any live tackling through the first 11 days of camp, which...
5 reasons NFL preseason football actually rocks 

5 reasons NFL preseason football actually rocks 

This week marks a glorious time in sports.  Football is back!  Real football!  OK, maybe “real” is overstating it when it comes to the NFL preseason. The rules will be enforced. Score will be kept, but the result doesn’t matter.  That doesn’t mean we can’t get excited, though.  Some people don’t care for it, but here are five reasons preseason...
Bengals sign punter, waive wide receiver

Bengals sign punter, waive wide receiver

The Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday signed punter Will Monday and waived wide receiver Jake Kumerow under the waived/injured category. Kumerow, a first-year player who spent the last two seasons on the practice squad, suffered an ankle injury in the first practice of training camp July 28. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the Bengals injured reserve list. Kumerow caught four passes for 67 yards...
McCarron reacts to latest trade rumor

McCarron reacts to latest trade rumor

Early Wednesday morning there was a report from Sandy Clough at Denver radio station 104.3 The Fan that the Broncos were “aggressively” trying to trade for Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron. Denver general manager John Elway quickly shot down the report by calling it “fake news” before McCarron ever got word of it. “That’s the first I’ve heard...
Lewis: Luckily health issue wasn’t as serious as first thought

Lewis: Luckily health issue wasn’t as serious as first thought

After returning to work following an issue with his knee Tuesday night, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters it was good to see them Wednesday afternoon and joked that it was his most looked forward to press conference ever. “Luckily it wasn’t as serious as things could have been as originally I was told, so I was glad for that,” Lewis said. “The care I...
Before Friday’s preseason opener, meet Bengals rookies

Before Friday’s preseason opener, meet Bengals rookies

The Bengals open the exhibition season Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Starters are expected to see limited action. So before they take the field, the team wants to introduce you to the new breed of Bengals: Remainder of Cincinnati's preseason schedule:  Saturday, Aug. 19 @ 7 p.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Bengals  Sunday, Aug. 27 @ 4:30 p.m.: Bengals at...
Cincinnati Bengals update health status of coach Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati Bengals update health status of coach Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wasn’t hindered long.  He missed practice yesterday at Paul Brown Stadium because of an undisclosed medical issue, but the team announced Wednesday morning he is back at work.  “I was able to return to work last night after receiving great medical care,” Lewis said in a statement. “I especially want to thank all the doctors, nurses...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Bengals hope Marvin Lewis returns quickly from “minor health issue,” to face his friend

Bengals hope Marvin Lewis returns quickly from “minor health issue,” to face his friend

With word Tuesday afternoon that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is stepping away from the team to deal with a “minor health issue,” and no early indication how long he will be gone, maybe he has an extra incentive to hurry back. In Friday’s preseason opener against the Bucs, his buddy and former teammate Dirk Koetter will be in Paul Brown Stadium. They were teammates and...
Observations from Day 10 of Bengals camp

Observations from Day 10 of Bengals camp

With special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons running things while head coach Marvin Lewis deals with a “minor health issue,” the Cincinnati Bengals held their final full training camp practice open to the public Tuesday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium. Despite being in full pads for the second day in a row, there were no live sessions with full contact and...
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis taking time away because of ‘minor health issue’

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis taking time away because of ‘minor health issue’

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will be away from the team for an undetermined amount of time because of a ‘minor health issue.’ The team released a statement at the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice, which Lewis missed. “Coach Marvin Lewis will be taking time away from the team to focus on a minor health issue,” the statement read. “He will be back as...
Grade this redesigned Bengals helmet

Grade this redesigned Bengals helmet

As seen in past summers, a designer has reworked all 32 NFL helmets.  Designer Ultimate Effects’ take on the Cincinnati Bengals’ lid merged two team looks putting the signature stripped “B” over block lettering depicting the team’s longtime chant, “Who Dey.” In 1981, the Bengals introduced their distinctive orange helmets with black tiger stripes...
Helmet headline: Does re-design of Bengals’ lids stack up?

Helmet headline: Does re-design of Bengals’ lids stack up?

It says here that the Bengals already have one of the coolest helmets in the NFL, but are the stripes better than this re-design by “Isaac” at Ultimate Effects?  The Bengals’ re-design features a team logo on the side of the lid imposed over a large, “Who Dey.” Here’s Ultimate Effects’ entire inventory of re-designed NFL helmets. That Browns helmet...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their first full-padded practice of training camp on Monday but did not do any live tackling periods. Here are some observations from the fourth practice, which drew a crowd of 1,350. Sooner speed Second-round pick Joe Mixon has flashed his speed since the start of camp, but he was at his most explosive Monday when he right tackle Jake Fisher and right guard Trey Hopkins...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Maybe the first day of practice isn’t the time to make sweeping statements about a football team, but here’s one anyway: Ohio State’s offense won’t be held back by coaching this year.  New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said everything Buckeye fans should want to hear about fixing the scoring unit after day one of preseason practice.  While quickening the...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

With Andre Smith missing Tuesday’s practice due to illness, three young players saw increased reps at right guard, with Alex Redmond being the biggest beneficiary. Redmond, who spent all of 2016 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, got the bulk of the work ahead of Trey Hopkins, another 2016 undrafted college free agent and Christian Westerman, last year&rsquo...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make sure we feel good about it.” After drafting...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon said. “Just to come here, walk in and...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Despite being assigned the same number and same locker he had when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009-15, Andre Smith called his return to the franchise a ‘fresh start.’ That’s because the Smith, who played all 86 of his games in an eight-year career at tackle, is making the move to guard. “It’s actually something I’m looking forward to,” Smith...
Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Cincinnati Bengals fans who had “Day one” in their “When will Adam Jones make his first wrong move this season?” office pool are winners.  The veteran Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, who is said to be taking anger management courses this offseason after again running afoul of the law in January, berated a reporter for asking about Jones’ latest transgression...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

AJ McCarron has not had a chance to make much of a mark on the NFL, but he’s already got some plans outside of football.  Naturally, they include giving people in Alabama the chance to make their own sushi rolls.  The Crimson White reports the Bengals’ backup quarterback (along with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson) is investing in a new restaurant called “AJian Sushi&rdquo...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Roger Goodell may be a divisive figure in the world of football, but he’s got at least one thing going for him: The NFL commissioner is opposed to television broadcasts going commercial break-kickoff-commercial break after a score.  That was among the revelations in a great story from USA Today about planned changes in NFL game broadcasts for this year and the future.  So...
Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

If I weren’t ready for baseball season to officially begin, I am now after watching the United States crush Puerto Rico 8-0 in the World Baseball Classic championship game.  It was enough to bring manager Jim Leyland to tears apparently.  This was the third WBC but the first I can remember getting much traction on social media.  Maybe I just follow more baseball people on Twitter...
Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters decided to drop the felony charge against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones. Jones still faces three misdemeanor charges in the case. A Cincinnati Bengals’ spokesperson said they will not be making a statement at this time. The decision on whether Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will pursue felony charges against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones...
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

It was a fun time at the University of Dayton Arena for the beginning of the First Four last night.  Both games were competitive most of the way as Mount St. Mary’s beat New Orleans 67-66 and Kansas State pulled away from Wake Forest late.  (The MSM mascot started rocking long before the game started.)  I know pooh-poohing the First Four is fashionable in some circles, but...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: Cincinnati keeping McCarron, more Bengals from NFL Combine, Mick Cronin calls out NCAA, etc. 

Sports Today: Cincinnati keeping McCarron, more Bengals from NFL Combine, Mick Cronin calls out NCAA, etc. 

The Bengals declared yesterday they more or less intend to keep A.J. McCarron, though they are open to trading him if the right deal comes along (like from Hue Jackson and the Browns?).  This is the right plan of action, especially for a team that already has a high pick in the first round of the draft and 10 more picks.  Cincinnati also has a roster with several small holes rather...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Bengals’ Jones released from jail, apologizes to fans 

Bengals’ Jones released from jail, apologizes to fans 

Adam “Pacman” Jones apologized to Bengals’ fans after he was released from jail this morning, according to a report from our news partner, WCPO-Cincinnati. The Bengals cornerback was ordered to stay overnight at the Hamilton County Justice Center as he awaited a court-ordered blood test, according to WCPO’s report.   Jones stopped to talk to a reporter as...
Bengals sort through wreckage, vow to play to win in final two games

Bengals sort through wreckage, vow to play to win in final two games

One day after the Cincinnati Bengals were eliminated from making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear the team will approach the final two games of the season the same as if a postseason berth was still on the line. “We have to play to win the game,” he said. “That’s what it’s for. We owe it to everybody. The guys out here...
Kirkpatrick added to list of Bengals not practicing

Kirkpatrick added to list of Bengals not practicing

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick became the second Cincinnati Bengals player this week to miss practice with an illness when he sat out Thursday. Center Russell Bodine was sick Wednesday but returned Thursday. Safety George Iloka showed up on the report with a groin injury and was listed as a limited participant, along with guard Clint Boling (shoulder) and long snapper Clark Harris (groin), both of whom...
6 things about NFL Week 11: It wasn't kind to the Bengals

6 things about NFL Week 11: It wasn't kind to the Bengals

Week 11 in the NFL was the kind where a Bengals linebacker possibly making an obscene gesture to someone in the crowd wasn’t much of a headline.  Here are six things you'll want to know about it: Before news of injuries to A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard and others, it seemed possible if unlikely Cincinnati could turn things around.  Sunday was another death by 1,000 cuts type of day for...
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