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No longer playing catch up, Ross just catching passes as OTAs begin

No one was more fired up for the first practice of OTAs than wide receiver John Ross after his rookie year was washed out by injuries, indecision and ineffectiveness. “It’s something I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Ross said after Tuesday’s practice in which he was a big part of the offense, catching a lot of passes from both starter Andy Dalton and backup Matt...
Only one player missing from start of Bengals OTAs

Only one player missing from start of Bengals OTAs

The Cincinnati Bengals opened voluntary OTA practices Tuesday with 90 of the 91 players on the roster present. The only one missing was defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who has not been be present for any of the voluntary offseason team activities the last six weeks. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis downplayed Dunlap’s absence, saying “it’s not a story.” Lewis said he has been in...
Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round draft pick Billy Price on Monday. A center, Price was selected in the first round and 21st overall out of Ohio State University. The Bengals agreed to a four-year contract with an option to extend one year through 2022. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was a guard for three seasons, when switched to center as a senior...
Sports gambling: NFL commissioner calls for Congressional action 

Sports gambling: NFL commissioner calls for Congressional action 

A week after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting wagering on sports, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued “four core principles” the league would like to see addressed by Congress.  Additionally, Goodell says the league has “spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling” and is prepared to address changes &ldquo...
6 things to watch as Bengals begin full-team offseason practice sessions

6 things to watch as Bengals begin full-team offseason practice sessions

The Cincinnati Bengals move into Phase III of offseason team activities next week, which means three full team practices per week for the next three weeks. The practices, which will be held on the fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium while the new turf is being installed inside, are closed to the public, but the Tuesday sessions are open to the media. Here are six things we’ll be watching for...
Browns to be featured on Hard Knocks

Browns to be featured on Hard Knocks

The Cleveland Browns will be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, the team announced today.  The Browns are coming off an 0-16 season and are 1-31 the last two years, and new general manager John Dorsey previously said he did not want the team to appear on the Emmy award-winning series. But the franchise did not meet any of the required exceptions to turn down the show, and for the...
Sports Today: Defensive gems, conspiracy theories come with Reds win

Sports Today: Defensive gems, conspiracy theories come with Reds win

With the Cincinnati Reds winning five of seven on the West Coast and looking like an actual major-league baseball team more often than not over about a three-week span, taking a peak at the box score in the morning isn’t so terrifying anymore.  There was lots to like about Cincinnati’s 6-3 win in San Francisco on Wednesday, but the numbers only told part of the story.  This...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 undrafted free agents with best chance to make roster

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 undrafted free agents with best chance to make roster

The Cincinnati Bengals have a knack for attracting quality undrafted college free agents because they have a history of giving those players a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster. Last year there were two rookie UFAs who made the initial 53-man roster in tight end Cethan Carter and linebacker Hardy Nickerson. Additionally, there were four other players who entered the league as UFAs on the...
Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Joey Votto set aside 45 minutes or so for a podcast and some people lost their minds.  In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Reds ace batsman opened up about a few things during a long conversation with Yahoo Sports.  He spoke about his admiration of Ichiro and Bryce Harper (among others), his view of PED users, his outlook for Shohei Ohtani and more, but lots of writers latched onto his...
Bengals first-round pick Price: ‘Great getting back out there and running around’

Bengals first-round pick Price: ‘Great getting back out there and running around’

Billy Price noticed the attention his participation in Cincinnati Bengals rookie minicamp drew in the media and among fans over the weekend and laughed when asked about it later. The Bengals’ first-round draft pick and former Ohio State University center hasn’t been cleared fully in his recovery from surgery to repair a partially torn pectoral muscle; however, he was able to do some drills...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 observations from rookie camp

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 observations from rookie camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their rookie camp over the weekend, and it resulted in three tryout players performing well enough to earn contracts . Here are five other observations from the weekend: Price participates First-round pick Billy Price not only was in uniform for the rookie camp, he was able to run a few drills despite recovering from a surgically repaired pectoral...
First Bengals player appears in NFL Network Top 100 countdown

First Bengals player appears in NFL Network Top 100 countdown

The first Cincinnati Bengals player to appear on the NFL Network’s countdown of the Top 100 players of 2018 was defensive tackle Geno Atkins. The six-time Pro Bowler came in at No. 63 Monday night when the network unveiled spots 70-61. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page Atkins, who was No. 68 last year, was one of three defensive tackles on Monday&rsquo...
Sports Today: Reds overcome earthquake but not bad pitching in San Francisco

Sports Today: Reds overcome earthquake but not bad pitching in San Francisco

Monday night in San Francisco the Reds had their starter knocked out of the game early, their six-game winning streak snapped and their best player leave early with back tightness. Also: There was an earthquake.   Other than that, the 10-7 loss to the Giants went pretty well.  Sure the good times weren’t going to last forever, but that is an awful lot to take in one...
Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive rookies eager to learn from veterans

Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive rookies eager to learn from veterans

Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie minicamp was a little more difficult than safety Jessie Bates expected. The second-round draft pick out of Wake Forest said practice surprisingly went a little more smoothly Monday when the rookies joined the veterans at the team’s voluntary workout program for the first time. The Bengals draft picks and college free agent signees participated in a three-day...
Bengals A.J. Green on 2017 first-round pick John Ross’ tough rookie season: ‘Even LeBron James has bad games’

Bengals A.J. Green on 2017 first-round pick John Ross’ tough rookie season: ‘Even LeBron James has bad games’

After a largely lost rookie season in Cincinnati, John Ross has his doubters.  A.J. Green is not one of them.  “Every year is not going to be perfect,” Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver and one of the team’s most respective voices, said Monday. “Even LeBron James has bad games.”  Green let out a small chuckle to himself at the comparison, but his...
Bengals sign seventh-round draft pick, three undrafted rookies

Bengals sign seventh-round draft pick, three undrafted rookies

The Bengals announced the signing today of seventh-round draft pick Auden Tate and three undrafted players who participated in this weekend’s rookie minicamp. »RELATED: Rookie QB’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start »RELATED: Bengals coaches learn while they teach at rookie camp »RELATED: Ohio State trio ready to impact in Cincinnati In three seasons at...
White making a mark in rookie camp Round 2

White making a mark in rookie camp Round 2

While most of the players competing at the Cincinnati Bengals rookie camp over the weekend were getting their first experience of the NFL, it was a refresher course for wide receiver Ka’Raun White. The West Virginia University product was attending his second rookie camp in as many weekends. After going undrafted, White signed a free agent deal with Seattle and took part in the Seahawks rookie...
Rookie quarterback’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start

Rookie quarterback’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start

Two weeks have passed since the Cincinnati Bengals picked Logan Woodside in the seventh round, but the Frankfort, Ky. native sounded just as excited for his first rookie camp practice as he did on draft night when his favorite team growing up took a chance on him. “That’s something I always wanted was to be drafted by the Bengals, and them taking me in the seventh round means they believe...
Bengals sign three more draft picks

Bengals sign three more draft picks

The Cincinnati Bengals signed three more draft picks to contracts Saturday, agreeing to terms with second-round safety Jessie Bates III, fourth-round running back Mark Walton and fifth-round cornerback Darius Phillips. That brings the number of draft picks under contract to seven after four players signed Friday. ›› Bengals make RedHawks receiver a late tryout addition...
Bengals bring in Miami WR for a rookie camp tryout

Bengals bring in Miami WR for a rookie camp tryout

Shortly after the first practice of rookie camp ended Friday evening, the Cincinnati Bengals felt they needed another receiver so they offered Miami University’s Jared Murphy a chance to chance to compete on a tryout basis today and Sunday. “They called me at 6 p.m. (Friday) and told me to get here as quick as I could,” Murphy said. “I threw some clothes in a bag and hit the...
Bengals coaches learn while they teach at rookie camp

Bengals coaches learn while they teach at rookie camp

The 47 players on the field for Cincinnati Bengals rookie camp Friday weren’t the only ones experiencing things in a new way. The coaching staff, with two new coordinators and a handful of new assistants, was getting its first look at how practices will run while the rookies were getting their first experience with an NFL playbook. “It was a really important day for us to get out here...
Bengals rookie beginning career with major transformation

Bengals rookie beginning career with major transformation

Coming out of high school in Miami, Quinton Flowers said ‘no.’ Heading to the NFL Combine after wrapping his career at the University of South Florida, Flowers repeated his stance, again saying ‘no.’ But after not getting drafted while 13 other quarterbacks heard their names called, Flowers knew it was time to finally say ‘yes’ and he will make the switch from quarterback...
Ohio State trio ready to make marks in Cincinnati with Bengals

Ohio State trio ready to make marks in Cincinnati with Bengals

Three Ohio State Buckeyes are getting their first taste of on-field NFL action this weekend in Cincinnati.  Billy Price, Sam Hubbard and Chris Worley find themselves back on the same field but facing fairly different situations.  As the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Cincinnati draft class, Price said he feels an obligation to be a leader.  The center also plans to take charge on the offensive...
Bengals sign four draft picks

Bengals sign four draft picks

The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off their rookie camp Friday by signing four draft picks to contracts. Fifth-round defensive tackle Andrew Brown, fifth-round cornerback Davontae Harris, seventh-round quarterback Logan Woodside and seventh-round offensive tackle Rod Taylor all agreed to four-year deals. That leaves seven draft picks unsigned. ›› Bengals announce 10 undrafted free agent...
Bengals announce signing of 10 undrafted free agents

Bengals announce signing of 10 undrafted free agents

The Cincinnati Bengals made official their list of 10 undrafted free agent signings Friday. The group includes: Wide receiver Devonte Boyd; 6-2, 193; Nevada-Las Vegas; Henderson, Nev. Defensive end Gaelin Elmore; 6-5, 277; East Carolina; Somerset, Wis. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page Tackle Austin Fleer; 6-7, 306; Colorado Mesa; Aurora, Colo. Running back...
Bengals claim wide receiver off waivers from Seattle

Bengals claim wide receiver off waivers from Seattle

The Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday claimed wide receiver Ka’Raun White off waivers from Seattle. The University of West Virginia product signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent earlier this month but was released Monday. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page White (6-foot-1, 199 pounds) played in 33 games (26 starts) over three seasons for the Mountaineers...
Simmons, Bengals bracing for changes to kickoff rules

Simmons, Bengals bracing for changes to kickoff rules

Cincinnati Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons doesn’t think the NFL needs to add any more rules to the kickoff, but he was happy to be a part of the panel discussing proposed changes last week in New York. Simmons was one of nine special teams coordinators on the 50-person panel that also included four head coaches, four owners, five full-time officials, current players, former...
Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

As promised, the college basketball season has been eventful for Dayton and Wright State.  The Flyers added another player Monday with a commitment from Rodney Chatman III.  He is a transfer from Chattanooga, and yet another small guard who is joining coach Anthony Grant’s program.  The 6-foot-1 Chatman, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a college sophomore last season, joins...
Spurred by anthem protest questions, NFLPA grievance points at Bengals

Spurred by anthem protest questions, NFLPA grievance points at Bengals

The NFL Players Association on Monday filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of safety Eric Reid. In the grievance, the NLFPA refers to Reid’s free-agent visit last month with the Bengals, although it doesn’t specifically name the organization. The visit reportedly included conversations and questions about protesting during the national anthem. “Prior to the start of the current...
History lesson: Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bengals go way back

History lesson: Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bengals go way back

The Cincinnati Bengals did more than buck a recent trend when they selected two Ohio State players in the 2018 NFL Draft.  Southwest Ohio’s pro football franchise also got back to its roots.  Given the perceived animosity between the Queen City and the Scarlet and Gray over the years, that probably comes as a surprise to at least some folks.  Let’s set the record straight...
Doubling down on cornerbacks will give Bengals boost on special teams

Doubling down on cornerbacks will give Bengals boost on special teams

After taking a cornerback in the first round every other year since 2012, the Cincinnati Bengals went in a different direction this year, selecting Ohio State center Billy Price. But the Bengals still put an emphasis on cornerbacks last week, making that the only position they targeted twice with their 11 picks when they selected Illinois State’s Davontae Harris and Western Michigan’s...
Why the Bengals will not pick up fifth-year option on Ogbuehi

Why the Bengals will not pick up fifth-year option on Ogbuehi

As has been speculated for the last year, the Cincinnati Bengals will not pick up the fifth-year option on 2015 first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi, the NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo reported. The deadline to pick up the option is Thursday. Ogbuehi has struggled since being inserted as the opening day starter in 2016 after missing most of his rookie season while rehabbing an ACL tear suffered in his...
Bengals hope they have another mid-round steal in Brown

Bengals hope they have another mid-round steal in Brown

Coming out of high school, Andrew Brown was the No. 1 player in the country. Four years later, coming out of the University of Virginia, Brown saw 157 players drafted ahead of him before the Cincinnati Bengals selected the defensive tackle with their second of three picks in the fifth round. “Everybody was saying I was a bust, and I wasn’t doing anything in college,” Brown said....
What jersey numbers will the new Bengals wear this season?

What jersey numbers will the new Bengals wear this season?

Shortly after the Cincinnati Bengals used the 21st overall pick to draft Billy Price in the first round, the former Ohio State center looked up the roster to see if anyone on the team had No. 54, which he wore throughout high school and college. “We saw no one had it and I was like, ‘Yeah, cool,’” Price said. “When I came in (Friday) morning I found out it was retired...
Bengals’ defensive lineman from Michigan on Ohio State draft picks: ‘I’m not sure how I feel about it’

Bengals’ defensive lineman from Michigan on Ohio State draft picks: ‘I’m not sure how I feel about it’

Last weekend the Cincinnati Bengals drafted two Ohio State players for the first time since 1994, and the only Michigan product on the roster certainly took notice. Defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow, who played at UM from 2014-2017 went head-to-head with Bengals first-round pick Billy Price in addition to watching hours of film on the former Buckeyes center and guard. “Billy is a hell of a player...
Sports Today: Maybe this is just who Homer Bailey is

Sports Today: Maybe this is just who Homer Bailey is

I feel for Homer Bailey since he hasn’t gotten much run support this season, but so far 2018 has provided a lot of support for my theory he is someone who generally pitches just well enough to lose.  After getting the decision in a 7-6 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night, Bailey’s career record is 66-67.  Seems about right, doesn’t it?  So far this season the Reds...
Super Bowl odds: Bengals and Browns both bringing up the rear

Super Bowl odds: Bengals and Browns both bringing up the rear

Maybe Vegas wasn’t impressed with what the Bengals or Browns did in the NFL Draft?  Bovada released updated Super Bowl 53 odds Tuesday, and they have both Ohio teams bringing up the rear.  That’s right, a dollar bet on the Bengals or Browns will bring back $100 after both teams saw their odds get longer over the past month.  Those 100/1 odds are the worst in the league and...
Former Bengals RB forgot to cash check from another team

Former Bengals RB forgot to cash check from another team

If you’ve ever been excited to find a $20 bill in the pocket of you coat after it hung in the closet for 6 months, imagine how former Cincinnati Bengals running back Larry Johnson felt when he found out about an uncashed check issued by another former team. Johnson, who played seven games with the Bengals in 2009, recently tweeted a picture of a letter he received from the Kansas City Chiefs...
Who are the undrafted free agents coming to Cincinnati Bengals rookie camp?

Who are the undrafted free agents coming to Cincinnati Bengals rookie camp?

The Cincinnati Bengals will not officially announce this year’s crop of undrafted free agent signings until May 10, when the players report for rookie minicamp. But confirmations via players, coaches, agents and media reports gives us a glimpse at what players have agreed to deals with the Bengals. The team had 12 openings when the draft ended Saturday night, and they cleared space for two more...
Bengals granted roster exemption for German tight end

Bengals granted roster exemption for German tight end

The NFL chose the AFC North in a random draw to take part in the International Pathway Program, which means all four teams will receive an 11th practice squad spot to carry an overseas player. The Cincinnati Bengals player will be German tight end Mortiz Böhringer, who was a sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. If Böhringer does not make the 53-man roster out of training camp...
Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

This offseason has already done plenty for reviving that Ohio State-Indiana basketball rivalry.  Indiana coach Archie Miller snagged the most important recruit of his career Monday when five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford announced he will be a Hoosier.  Langford is the No. 6 recruit in the country and the top player in Indiana, ending a long streak of years of the best Hoosier State...
NFL Draft: Where Ohio State players are headed next

NFL Draft: Where Ohio State players are headed next

After seven Ohio State Buckeyes were chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft, several more found potential homes in the league in the following two days.  The most notable story is also the most confusing.  Initially, quarterback J.T. Barrett was reported to be heading to the Indianapolis Colts.  Then he was said to be getting a tryout with the Saints instead.  Now he reportedly has a 3-year...
How did Bengals QB taking new center to dinner kick-start relationship

How did Bengals QB taking new center to dinner kick-start relationship

The rookies the Cincinnati Bengals drafted over the weekend weren’t physically in attendance Monday for the third week of voluntary offseason workouts, and it will be a couple of weeks before they get on field alongside the veterans. But Andy Dalton was willing to wait to start building what be the most important relationship on the team between quarterback and center, one that will be different...
Cincinnati Bengals waive two players

Cincinnati Bengals waive two players

The Bengals on Monday waived linebackers Carl Bradford and Connor Harris. Bradford, a third-year player out of Arizona State, spent four games on the Bengals’ practice squad last season. Harris, a first-year player, spent two games on the team’s practice squad last season.
Sports Today: What 2018 NFL Draft tells us about how Bengals view themselves

Sports Today: What 2018 NFL Draft tells us about how Bengals view themselves

I already wrote that I like this draft for the Cincinnati Bengals, but there is more to it than just adding more good players to the roster.  The fit looks really good.  They seem to see the same pros and cons to their roster that people who cover the team see, which is encouraging for two reasons.  It means maybe we on the outside have an idea what we're doing, but far more important...
Hartman: Hard to ask for much more from this Cincinnati Bengals draft

Hartman: Hard to ask for much more from this Cincinnati Bengals draft

I like this Cincinnati Bengals draft a lot.  If the Wake Forest safety is as advertised, they got everything they needed most.  An elite center.  A play-making safety.  An athletic linebacker and a pass rusher.  A young quarterback with upside to develop.  You can never have enough corners.  Whatever else rises to the top from the last day is gravy… ...
NFL Draft: Bengals make defense a priority, pass on a tackle

NFL Draft: Bengals make defense a priority, pass on a tackle

While the numbers evened up some with three late offensive picks, the primary focus of the 2018 draft for the Cincinnati Bengals was to improve the defense. After addressing the team’s biggest need by drafting a plug-and-play starter at center in the first round in Ohio State’s Billy Price, the Bengals spent seven of their next eight...
5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

One year after drafting one of the least productive first-round picks in franchise history, the Cincinnati Bengals will be back on the clock Thursday night when the NFL Draft gets underway in Dallas. Last year’s first-found pick, wide receiver John Ross, was injured most of the year and ended up playing 17 snaps with no catches, one rush and one lost fumble as the Bengals posted a second-consecutive...
Breaking down the Bengals schedule game by game

Breaking down the Bengals schedule game by game

The Cincinnati Bengals will play three of their first four games and three of their final four on the road, and they have just one primetime game. The last time they played three of their first four on the road was 2012. The last time they played three of final four on the road was 2009. The last time they did both? Never. This season also will be the first time since 2011 they aren’t scheduled...
5 predictions for the Bengals 2018 schedule

5 predictions for the Bengals 2018 schedule

The Cincinnati Bengals will find out who they open the 2018 season against — and where — at 8 p.m. Thursday when the NFL announces its regular-season schedule. The Bengals already know who their 16 opponents will be. They will face Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Oakland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Miami at home, and Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Carolina, Atlanta...
Tobin: “All options on table” when it comes to Bengals’ QB situation

Tobin: “All options on table” when it comes to Bengals’ QB situation

Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the only position the team would not consider with the No. 9 overall pick was quarterback. That will not be the case when the Bengals pick 12th this year. “All options are on the table,” director of player personnel Duke Tobin said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. But regardless of whether...
New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

Court and police records obtained by this news organization provide more details about what happened on Statehouse Court in Sugarcreek Twp. the night former NFL player and current Centerville High School football coach P.K. Sam II was arrested. The records obtained from Xenia Municipal Court allege that the 34-year-old ex-wide receiver broke into his own home after returning from a night in downtown...
5 things new Bengals defensive coordinator needs to address

5 things new Bengals defensive coordinator needs to address

New Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin takes over a group that has a solid foundation but is in need of some upgrades. With elite players at each level with defensive tackle Geno Atkins, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and emerging star cornerback William Jackson, Austin inherits a more talented group than he left behind in Detroit, where he was the defensive...
COMMENTARY: Cincinnati Bengals bringing back Marvin Lewis boggles the mind

COMMENTARY: Cincinnati Bengals bringing back Marvin Lewis boggles the mind

The Cincinnati Bengals announced late Tuesday afternoon they don’t care about winning or selling tickets.  The second part is a lot more surprising than the first (to be honest).  OK, these things weren’t spelled out specifically in the press release confirming Marvin Lewis will be back as the team’s coach next fall, but they didn’t have to be.  While Lewis...
6 things to know about Bengals win against Ravens

6 things to know about Bengals win against Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals pulled off one of the most stunning wins of the Marvin Lewis era on Sunday when Andy Dalton converted on fourth and 12 by hitting Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left against Baltimore. The improbable score lifted the Bengals to a 31-27 victory and eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention. Here are 6 things to know about the...
Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson excelling after lost rookie season

Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson excelling after lost rookie season

A rough season for the Cincinnati Bengals has produced at least one bright spot. Bouncing back from a lost rookie campaign, cornerback William Jackson III has proven worthy of the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick. Jackson missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in training camp and hasn’t lost a step despite the long layoff from competition. Not only did he gradually...
5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Lions

5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Lions

Cincinnati Bengals fans will be hoping for a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past on Sunday when the team plays host to the Detroit Lions at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals are 3-1 when playing at home on Christmas eve. And they are 14-4 in their last 18 home finales, including 8-0 when they don’t have any playoff hopes on the line. That will be the case again as the Bengals sit...
Possible coaching replacements if Cincinnati Bengals move on from Marvin Lewis

Possible coaching replacements if Cincinnati Bengals move on from Marvin Lewis

Whether Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was being honest or simply doing damage control when he said in postgame press conference Sunday that he has not made a decision regarding his future, the reality is that the choice is not his alone to make. Bengals owner and president Mike Brown and the other key decision makers, namely executive vice president Katie Blackburn and vice president...
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: ‘I have not made any decisions’

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: ‘I have not made any decisions’

Following Sunday’s 34-7 loss at Minnesota, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis denied a report that said he will leave the team at the end of the season. Asked if the report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter was accurate, Lewis said, “No.” “It’s the same report you guys have been reporting on all season,” he added. “There’s nothing changed since...
Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals: It’s complicated

Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals: It’s complicated

The Cincinnati Bengals’ winningest head coach reportedly isn’t coming back next season, and nobody seems surprised or unhappy about it.  What a world, huh?  In case you missed it, ESPN reported Sunday morning Marvin Lewis has decided not to make any effort to return as head coach of the Bengals next season.  His contract is up, and he isn’t going to seek...
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch

While mathematically still alive for the playoffs, the reality of the situation is that today’s game against the Chicago Bears will be more of a test of will and pride than X’s and O’s for the Cincinnati Bengals. And more often than not, the Bengals have passed those types of tests when they’ve been presented with them under head coach Marvin Lewis. In the previous 10 seasons...
Bengals-Steelers: Injuries, ‘dirty’ hits pile up in latest edition of heated rivalry

Bengals-Steelers: Injuries, ‘dirty’ hits pile up in latest edition of heated rivalry

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fourth-quarter takedown of Vontaze Burfict drew mixed reactions among Cincinnati Bengals players after Monday night’s 23-20 loss at Paul Brown Stadium. While some called it a “dirty hit,” others were quick to write it off as an unfortunate football injury typical of a heated rivalry. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary...
Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Marvin Lewis’ lame-duck status: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like this’

Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Marvin Lewis’ lame-duck status: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like this’

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason said his former team needs an infusion of energy, seemingly hinting it might be time for a coaching change. However, when asked specifically if he thought this should be Marvin Lewis’ last year, Esiason backed off his previous statement. Esiason, who led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl in 1988, was one of 20 “Bengals Legends” to be...
Battle of Ohio: 5 things Browns coach Hue Jackson said about the Bengals, his former team

Battle of Ohio: 5 things Browns coach Hue Jackson said about the Bengals, his former team

Cleveland Browns coach and former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spoke with reporters in Cincinnati on a conference call this week. Here are five takeaways from what he said about his team and the one that used to employ him, as his Browns set to play the Bengals on Sunday in the 89th Battle of Ohio: Jackson speaks with the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis every week – except when...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

The Cincinnati Bengals have played six times on Nov. 26, and they are 3-3 in those contests. Here is a look at each game: Nov. 26, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0 at Cleveland Browns Stadium Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Chris Henry and one to T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the Bengals improved to 6-5. Following the first TD pass to Henry, Shayne Graham kicked his 158th...
Predicting Bengals-Browns and all Week 12 games

Predicting Bengals-Browns and all Week 12 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 12 of NFL games. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) at Detroit Lions (6-4) Never pick against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Pick: Lions 27, Vikings 24 Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) Never pick against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Pick: Cowboys 31, Chargers 24 Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter New York Giants (2-8) at Washington...
Cincinnati Bengals: Former first-round pick could be in line for more action with Pacman concussed

Cincinnati Bengals: Former first-round pick could be in line for more action with Pacman concussed

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones missed his second consecutive practice Thursday due to the concussion he suffered Sunday in the 24-20 loss at Tennessee, which means it’s unlikely he will play Sunday at Denver. That could create an opportunity for William Jackson to make his second NFL start if he is able to recover from the toe injury that forced him out of the Titans game in the...
Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 10 of NFL games. Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Chicago Bears (3-5) The Packers have won 12 of 14 vs. the Bears, but those were with Aaron Rodgers. Pick: Bears 17, Packers 16 Cleveland Browns (0-8) at Detroit Lions (4-4) This is the week … that looks like all other weeks. Pick: Lions 34, Browns 10 ›› Nov....
Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

Hearing that his trade to Cleveland had fallen apart when the Browns failed to submit paperwork in time was not the most disappointing thing Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron had to deal with on Halloween. “What I’m more upset about is we got all that candy and nobody showed up to the house,” McCarron joked with reporters who had flocked to his locker Wednesday afternoon...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

The win means the Cincinnati Bengals are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. The way they went about it might suggest otherwise. The Bengals had their hands full with a reeling Indianapolis Colts team Sunday night afternoon and appeared headed toward a long week of uncomfortable conversations before defensive end Carlos Dunlap rescued them. Dunlap’s 16-yard interception return for a touchdown...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

Just like that, the 0-3 start is a distant memory after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills 20-16 Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The win moves the Bengals to 2-3 heading into their bye week, while the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers lost at home to Jacksonville to fall to 3-2. »RELATED: Bengals rally to beat Bills; move one game behind Steelers Here are...
Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

Regardless of the way some people try to twist their message, they say they are not anti-American. They’re not against the national anthem, the flag or the military. And they’re certainly not SOBs. Late Sunday afternoon – following their 31-7 blowout of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Stadium – a trio of Cincinnati Bengals players showed themselves to be passionate,...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals took their first step toward rescuing a lost season Sunday at Cleveland in a battle of winless teams. The Bengals shook off a sluggish start and dominated the Browns for the final three quarters of a 31-7 triumph at FirstEnergy Stadium. The win moved Cincinnati to 1-3 with a home game against Buffalo (3-1) looming next Sunday ahead of the bye week. The Browns fell to 0-4...
6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

The Cincinnati Bengals got the Bill Lazor era off to a fast start Sunday at Green Bay before eventually wilting in the rare September heat and even rarer talent that is Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback rallied his team from a 14-point deficit with a pair of second-half touchdown passes, including a 3-yarder to Jordy Nelson with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Bengals...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stopped just short of calling Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore in the season opener the most disappointing of his career. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been…,” he said before stopping himself. “It was a disappointing football game.” Here are five things to know about what went wrong...
6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2017 season at home Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a team they have beaten six of the last seven times overall and five of the six at Paul Brown Stadium. A Bengals team already bursting with youth will be even younger in the opener due to the suspensions of cornerback Adm Jones and Vontaze Burfict. The team could have as many as 13 players making their NFL...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

On Saturday Cethan Carter got the call. On Sunday, the car. Carter, a tight end from Nebraska, knew making the Cincinnati Bengals roster as an undrafted rookie was a longshot, so there was no reason to bring his car to town. But after he got a call from head coach Marvin Lewis on Saturday morning, his parents made the drive from New Orleans to bring him his car. “It means a lot, it means everything...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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