Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. Ian Rapoport reports that Green is not expected to play in Week 6 after meeting with his doctors. Mohamed Sanu will be a solid WR3-type play in Green's absence. Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher will also see increased snaps. It's a downgrade for Andy Dalton, who will be without his primary weapon in the passing game. Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill should see a bump as the Bengals focus on the run game.
Mohamed Sanu will be a solid WR3-type play in Green's absence. Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher will also see increased snaps. It's a downgrade for Andy Dalton, who will be without his primary weapon in the passing game. Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill should see a bump as the Bengals focus on the run game.
Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones missed all but one practice in the preseason and every regular season game rehabbing a broken foot. He caught 10 touchdowns and ranked 21st in the league in yards per route run last season. He finished second on the Bengals with 712 receiving yards while also running eight reverses for 65 yards.
He's expected to return Sunday night against New England.
Likely somewhere in the halls of the Paul Brown Stadium offices the ominous laughter of a mad scientist bounces off the walls.
"Oh yes, I can't wait," Hue Jackson said. "He can run and catch. Not only does he take the top off, he scores a lot of touchdowns, too. This is a fun part about our guys. We have a multitude of different guys that you can use."
The big question is how much does he play, especially with Mohamed Sanu playing pretty well in his place. Jones took part in two practices last week and should practice Monday. Easing him back into practice time comes easier than figuring out his contribution on game day, the story pointed out. The piece also said the Bengals have attempted 11 field goals so far this season, more than any other team, and that Jones quickly developed into a favorite red zone target last season for QB Andy Dalton. It's probably best to wait-and-see but given the state of the Pat's defense coming off Week 4, Jones may have some value in deeper leagues if you need a starter.
He left the game early, and did not return.
An update later in the day said Green is now believed to have a sprained ligament in his foot.
It's also considered turf toe, and the Sunday night reports say Green could be back by Week 5, according to the Bengals Web site. Mohamed Sanu had a big day in Green's absence and Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher are next up on the depth chart. With Marvin Jones already out, it's a hit to QB Andy Dalton's value as well. The Bengals may end up leaning a little more on RB Giovani Bernard in the passing game with RB Jeremy Hill getting more carries. Both stood out vs. Atlanta in Week 2. Sanu appears to be poised for a busy Week 3 and makes for a sneaky pickup and start. If you pick up Sanu, keep in mind both Jones and Green are now on track to be back Week 5.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:15am
“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann said in the fourth quarter, via the Washington Post. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.
“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make. Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way. …”
It's a topic no one seems to want to bring up around Washington, after all, RGIII is firmly planted as the team's starting QB. But if Washington struggles to start the season, or Griffin takes a hit and has to miss time, it will be interesting to see how it plays out should Cousins get to play under center. We're probably a long way off from that situation, but from a fantasy perspective, Cousins would have a lot of weapons to make him an interesting grab off the wire and play in your lineup...
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:08pm
Bengals QB Andy Dalton finished 8-for-8 with 144 yards, one touchdown and a 158.3 passer rating. Those statistics, combined with his numbers from the preseason opener at Kansas City the week before, make him 11-for-13 with 215 passing yards and a 144.4 passer rating in limited action through the two games.
It's all evidence that Dalton really is playing better and more efficiently than he has at any other point in his career.
"I see it every year, but especially this camp," Sanu said. "I haven't seen him throw the ball so accurate, so efficient. Every time you turn around the ball is just there and you're like, 'Wow."
Dalton contends that nothing has changed from last season, the story said, and continued that, in his eyes, he's still playing the same as he did before and is practicing the same. He may have made a few tweaks and modifications to better his mechanics, but he says everything else is the same. Dalton is, of course, a pretty solid QB2 option this year to target in later rounds of your draft.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 9:51am
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:18pm
Eifert has a talent to be a fantasy TE1, but he didn't see the requisite snaps as a rookie. Things could change this year if he can beat out Gresham (possible, but not likely) or get on the field more often in two-TE sets (more likely). Gresham has been dealing with a back issue that has limited his participation in camp, but is back in the fold now.
Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:29am
According to Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Bengals have given Dalton a six-year, $115 million contract extension.
As with all such deals, the details will tell us more than the first wave of numbers.
But it does speak to their commitment to Dalton.
A little over-dramatic?
Not if you've seen Dalton practice and handle himself around his teammates and reporters the past 10 days.
Passes that Dalton struggled to deliver last season, he's hitting. Progressions he might have missed or didn't get to before, he's spotting. Personality traits that some thought he lacked, he's suddenly got those, too.
It's like a case of the body snatchers.
So far is the key word. However fantasy-wise, Dalton has finished #17, #12 and #4 his first three seasons. Of course in the real-life playoffs, it's another story. This year, we rank Dalton 17th, putting him in good shape to be a decent QB2 for your team yet again. Given the depth at QB this year, Dalton is a guy you can eye in the 14th round according to ADPs.
Watching the rest of his team compete and run around has challenged his patience, but he's stayed confident in his progress working on the side field.
"In due time I will be out there," Jones said.
The most important question in regard to Jones' status is if he's concerned about possibly missing the start of the regular season. He wasn't having that.
"No, I'll be ready," Jones said.
It was back-to-back pass plays from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton down the seam to tight end Tyler Eifert during an 11-on-11 two-minute drill. The first connection came when Dalton lofted a pass over linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to Eifert, and the second came when Dalton threw over safety Reggie Nelson to Eifert. The duo also hooked up in a later 11-on-11 drill for a 33-yard touchdown pass down the seam against what appeared to be a busted coverage...
With Jermaine Gresham (back) on the PUP list, Eifert is getting extra reps in practice and seems to be making the most of them. He's a serious breakout candidate if he gets starter's snaps, though Gresham is expected to return to the fold before Week 1.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:17pm
Late in Monday afternoon's practice, on one goal-line exercise, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton stepped up in the pocket, then stepped back, rolled to his right away from more pressure, and threw the ball to an empty space well beyond the back corner of the end zone.
The play resulted in an incompletion. And his offensive coordinator couldn't have been happier.
Indeed, it was good recognition by the long-embattled quarterback who has struggled in the past with deciding in similar scenarios of good defensive coverage and pressure whether he wants to tuck the ball and run, take a sack, throw it away or still try to complete the pass.
More often than not, his instinct in the past was to make the play work anyway. The end result of those decisions? Typically wobbly passes that fluttered into the hands of a defensive back who greedily picked off the pass that shouldn't have been attempted. A number of Dalton's 20 interceptions last season came when he tried to force a pass.
This was one of the big things the Bengals wanted to work on with Dalton before the season. Simply getting rid of the ball and not forcing a play is something that plagues the most veteran of NFL QBs. Many feel the Bengals are going to throw the ball a little less this season with Hue Jackson running the offense, and as a result Dalton is ranked 17th among our QBs. He's still a quality QB2 option in certain matchups.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:24pm
As Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson started laying the groundwork of his new scheme this spring, he implored the players on his side of the ball to pick up their pace of play. He wanted them to break huddles quicker and get to the line of scrimmage at a similarly stepped-up tempo. His hope has been that in doing that, the Bengals will be able to get plays snapped earlier in the play clock. If they do that and move the chains as regularly as Jackson anticipates, they'll be calling more plays and wearing down more defenses by the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Andy Dalton had to adjust to the stepped-up tempo during minicamp and organized team activities. Overall, Jackson was quite pleased with the way Dalton led the group through that modified hurry-up, but he wants to see what the entire unit will be able do once the temperatures go up and the shoulder pads come on. I'll be keeping an eye on how well the group continues pushing the tempo it established in the spring, and if that will allow it to get into the rhythm Jackson is seeking. After all, the best offenses are the ones that can get in and stay in sync.
If the Bengals are successful in pushing the tempo, they'll likely be running more plays which may offset some of the concerns about Jackson going too run-heavy with his offensive play-calling.
Per a league source, Jones is day-to-day due to a tweaking of the ankle that happened at the post-OTA passing camp arranged by quarterback Andy Dalton. Jones had an issue with the ankle in 2013.
He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.