Whether it’s at wide receiver or running back, it’s no secret the Bengals seek to supplement an offense looking to put more juice around Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and seam-buster Tyler Eifert at tight end. Saturday’s Senior Bowl (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network) is a pretty good place to look. Five years ago the Bengals emerged with a running mate for Green in California’s Marvin Jones and when they coached against the South in the 2009 Senior Bowl they took enough good notes on Virginia running back Cedric Peerman to give him a second chance off the waiver wire.
The Cincinnati Bengals have turned the corner and become a perennial playoff fixture. But, do they have what it takes to become a dynasty? The month of January can be the most exhilarating or depressing for football fans. Bengals faithful had become used to the sight of the Orange and Black in the postseason. But, the 2016 campaign was a sheer nightmare. Draft picks were injured. Starters succumbed to nicks and bruises and the end result was obvious. The Bengals would be sitting at home for the playoffs.
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Martavis Bryant is on his way back to the Pittsburgh Steelers after a year away from the team. Maybe. Hopefully. Whether or not that all transpires is still very much up in the air when you consider the steps left to be taken between applying for reinstatement and actually being reinstated.
The week’s worth of Senior Bowl practices culminated in the actual game itself on Saturday, which saw the South defeat the North by a score of 16-15. It capped off a great week for Hue Jackson and his Browns assistants, who got an up-close-and-personal look at the players on the South club.
John Harbaugh did not run leaders out of town. Many fans think he did, but that argument doesn’t check out: John Harbaugh didn’t seem to mind when the Ravens brought in Steve Smith Sr. or Eric Weddle. These are two of the strongest leaders in the game. There seems to be the perception that Harbaugh needs to be the strongest voice in the locker room. There is evidence that this isn’t true. People are confusing the exit of fan favorite players with an exodus led by the head coach.
Watching Ezekiel Elliott wildly celebrate a simple completion to Dez Bryant at Pro Bowl practice isn’t what Dallas Cowboys fans hoped to see a little over a week before the Super Bowl, but it’s better than nothing. On Saturday, Elliott lined up at quarterback (while wearing a bucket hat, because why not?) and found Bryant with a mortally-wounded duck of a pass — then reacted with the kind of enthusiasm that would draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during a real game
Dez Bryant's Dallas Cowboys and Odell Beckham Jr.'s New York Giants are rivals on the field, but Bryant stood up for his wide receiver brethren Saturday during Pro Bowl activities. According to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, Bryant expressed belief that OBJ is misunderstood and undeserving of the media scrutiny he often absorbs
For elite players, a Pro Bowl selection can almost be taken for granted. That isn’t the case for Jimmy Graham — especially after the Seahawks tight end was told his NFL career was likely over after suffering a ruptured patella tendon during the 2015 season.
For all NFL players, one particular item trumps whoever carries the largest contract, the more tricked-out Escalade, the most All-Pro nods: a Super Bowl ring. I could give you a hundred names of fantastic players who never earned the ultimate football prize and still wouldn't even be scratching the surface on this constantly expanding universe of the ringless. Dan Fouts, Dan Marino and Jim Hart? That's half a century of Super Bowl era quarterbacking ... and less rings than the one Frodo carried around.