Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. It’s a tough matchup for Hill against a good Seattle rush defense, but it doesn’t look like the knee is much of an issue. He has been TD dependent thus far and that makes him a risky play.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It’s a tough matchup for Hill against a good Seattle rush defense. He has been TD dependent thus far and that makes him a risky play.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:19pm
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It’s a tough matchup for Hill against a good Seattle rush defense. He has been TD dependent thus far and that makes him a risky play.
Lynch was ruled out of the game on Sunday after initially being listed as questionable to play against the Lions, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch still went through a pregame workout on Monday night. Carroll said that workout went well and left the team hopeful they’ll have Lynch back for their game against the 4-0 Bengals.
“He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”
If Lynch can’t play, the Seahawks may need to make a roster move before facing Cincinnati. Fred Jackson sprained his ankle during Monday’s 13-10 win, leaving Thomas Rawls as the only healthy running back on the active roster. Seattle has Rod Smith on the practice squad if they do need to bolster the group this week.
Knile Davis no longer looks like the eventual replacement for Jamaal Charles as the featured back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Judging by Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis is no longer the top backup.
That role, at least for now, seems to have gone to Charcandrick West. West played 17 snaps as a backup to Charles against the Bengals. Davis didn’t play on offense at all, though he was healthy. He served as the main kickoff returner throughout the game.
“We like what Charcandrick has been doing,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “We also like Knile. On certain situations, we like to use them all. In those situations, we chose to go with Charcandrick. We haven’t lost any confidence in Knile. You saw some of the things we were doing with him, and we think Charcandrick does a pretty good job with those things.”
West wasn’t particularly productive against Cincinnati. He had five carries for 17 yards and one reception for four yards.
The story said West is more of a threat as a pass receiver. He is reliable catching the ball, something Davis isn’t. The Chiefs seem comfortable with him as a pass blocker, more than they do with Davis. As a runner, West isn’t nearly as big, fast or powerful as Davis. But he’s more effective. Anything that isn’t straight ahead but requires more than one cut gives Davis trouble. This is something owners of Charles and Davis may way to take a hard look at if you feel the need to handcuff Charles.
Re-introduce yourself to the Bengals’ latest X-Factor because they’ve got a lot of them on offense.
Since 2013, here are Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s numbers when wide receiver Marvin Jones is paired opposite Pro Bowler A.J Green:
A 62.6 completion percentage at 7.6 yards per attempts for 41 TDs and 21 picks and a passer rating of 93.2. That’s compared to career numbers of 61.8 percent, 7.1 yards per attempts and an 86.7 rating.
And in games they combine for a TD since 2013, like they did in Sunday’s 28-24 victory in Baltimore, the Bengals are 8-1.
Jones is fast, tough, has great hands and defenses have to treat him almost as delicately as Green. On Sunday’s first drive he made a nice leaping catch on third-and-six when Dalton let him come back for it on the left sideline for a 32-yard play. And his one-handed catch on the last drive down the right sideline when he fried cornerback Kyle Arrington for 31 yards is now a part of Bengals lore.
Roethlisberger’s anterior cruciate ligament is still intact. He’ll likely miss four to six weeks with an MCL sprain and a bone bruise, with a return as early as Nov. 1 against the Bengals in Heinz Field. CBS Sports first reported the MCL injury.
Ben Roethlisberger has said this is the best supporting cast he has ever had, which should mean they can stand on their own without him. Now it’s time to test them, see if they can carry Big Ben while he’s out.
The offensive fireworks won’t light up the sky like they do when Roethlisberger leads the charge, the story said. That could mean a bit of a downgrade for Antonio Brown and the WRs. The writer said the team just wants to "hold on" until Ben returns. That could mean more emphasis on the running game with LeVeon Bell and even DeAngelo Williams. Vick can turn the ball over but has been part of big passing offenses when he was with the Eagles. The Steelers probably want to play things safe if at all possible, especially this week heading into short week with a Thursday night game against the Ravens. Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said via the team's website: "There is no timetable for his return, but Ben is a competitor and we are confident he will do everything in his power to return at the appropriate time."
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill knows his play from the first three games this season has been largely uninspiring. He doesn't need to consult his fantasy football roster to see that.
To this point, part of the Cincinnati Bengals' second-year rusher's stat line reads more like the first half of a Leonard Fournette outing -- 123 yards, two touchdowns.
But, oh yeah, that's 123 yards on 41 carries, an average of 3.0 yards per rush. Not to mention, there are the two lost fumbles from the Week 2 win over San Diego. Put it all that together, and you have the kind of start that could be deemed a nightmare for a solid Bengals offense trying to make sure it's as balanced as possible now as the season hits its stride.
Fret not, though, Bengals fans and fantasy owners. Hill believes these early dark days will soon subside.
"It's coming," Hill said, referencing a conversation he had with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson walking off the field following Sunday's 28-24 win at Baltimore. "I talked to Hue after and he knows it's coming. We can feel it. There are certain plays, certain situations where we can feel it."
Against the Ravens, Hill averaged a whopping 1.8 yards, carrying 12 times for 21 yards. He also barely touched the ball in the second half after he had difficulty getting anything established. Giovani Bernard didn't have a significantly better day, but Bernard's 13 carries for 49 yards and three catches for 34 yards helped move the ball downfield and set up key scores. The team said last week they will continue to use Hill as the lead back even after he fumbled, liking the way they can mix Bernard into the offense, but Bernard has sure had more of a hot hand.
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Green should be fine to face the Ravens. Throughout his career he has been a stud at home, but he’s even better on the road.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Green should be fine to face the Ravens. Throughout his career he has been a stud at home, but he’s even better on the road.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson confirmed that Monday when he indicated Hill's benching in favor of Giovani Bernard in the third quarter of the 24-19 victory was only temporary.
"Yeah, I'll put him back in. It's a new game," Jackson said. "That one's over and done with. We're 2-0, so we're moving on. We're moving on to the next game."
"Jeremy will be fine," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He will get back at it and earn our trust as it goes. But we can't have the ball on the ground."
Twice in last weekend's game, Hill lost his grip on the football during two separate drives. The first time, about halfway through the first quarter, Hill had the football ripped from him as he was being tackled after crossing midfield. With his leg being twisted by the pile that had formed around him, Hill was going down at an awkward angle when linebacker Donald Butler yanked the ball out of his hands. This is at least good news for owners of Hill. It may be worth it to swing a deal for Bernard if at all possible as he proved to be a capable handcuff should Hill's fumbling problems continue, or he gets hurt.
From deep behind the clear visor of his black- and orange-striped helmet, Bengals RB Jeremy Hill tried to avoid entertaining the many thoughts in his head that were too deep for the moment. But it wasn't easy.
Benched for committing the gravest of football sins -- turning the ball over not once, but twice -- the starting running back was relegated to spending the closing minutes of a tight game serving as cheerleader for an impressive Giovani Bernard, while also thinking hard about how he had to prevent turning these activities into a weekly occurrence. The fumbles that led to his benching had been a relatively foreign concept in the days before he settled into a Bengals uniform.
But now they are.
"You could definitely start saying it's an issue," Hill said of his seven fumbles through 18 career NFL games. "I can be happy and in denial about it, but it's definitely become an issue and it has to get fixed."
Hill spent the final 22 minutes, 53 seconds of Sunday's home opener standing next to the coaches while Bernard went off. There was no indication who would get the start in Week 3, but Hill is going to have to correct the problem or it's going to cost him playing time.
One reason you will want your eyes glued to the television screen is to see whether Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert can repeat his exploits from last Sunday at Oakland. In the opener against the Raiders, he had nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. It was Eifert's first game action since dislocating his right elbow just eight plays into the 2014 season opener.
Much like they attempted to use him last season, the Bengals last Sunday regularly placed Eifert in the seams, throwing him passes that could be caught in single coverage against a smaller safety or slower-footed linebacker. That's the matchup nightmare he could pose all this season if he can stay healthy.
Likely to see veteran Chargers safety Eric Weddle often, Eifert will have to do what he can early to exert his dominance over San Diego's secondary. If for whatever reason he struggles to do that, the Bengals feel good about their other passing options.
Eifert probably won't go unnoticed this week after exploding in Week 1. The fantasy TE spot is usually up and down all year outside of the studs. But, receivers A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu could benefit from any extra attention Eifert receives. So, too, could running back Giovani Bernard, who was dangerous in Cincinnati's short-passing game last week.
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