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Bengals News (12/6): How much does Cincinnati need to change this offseason?

The Bengals aren’t playing well right now, but how far off are they from being contenders?

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WRs looking at Green and Boyd
First-year Bengals wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, who played tight end for his father at Boston College and went on to coach receivers on two continents as a tight ends coach, wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator, came off the practice field Wednesday having a hard time finding words to capture A.J. Green

Quick Hits: WRs 'Jump Into Future,' Price on Bosa, Meyer; Mixon: 'We've got to play harder'
_When the dust cleared for Wednesday’s first day of practice prepping for Sunday’s game in Los Angeles (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), wide receiver A.J. Green had swapped spots with rookie cornerback Davontae Harris on injured reserve. The Green move had been telegraphed when he was carted off the field last Sunday, but there had been a season-long hope that Harris, their first fifth-rounder this year, could play since he went on injured reserve after a knee injury in the preseason.

Driskel, Lewis Press Conference Transcripts - 12/5
“It was kind of what we felt (on Sunday). There in the first half, we got behind the sticks, and that makes it tough on third down to stay on the field. I felt like we moved the ball and everything, we just didn’t stay on the field enough and score enough points. That’s what it comes down to. We’re looking forward to getting back out there this week and scoring more points is what it comes down to.”

Bengals Place A.J. Green on Reserve/Injured, Activate Harris
Green, an eighth-year player, suffered a toe injury in Game 8 vs. Tampa Bay and missed Games 9-11. He returned to play last week vs. Denver, but reinjured the toe in the second quarter. Green recorded 46 receptions for 694 yards (15.1-yard average) and six touchdowns this season.

Bengals vs. Chargers injury report: Vontaze Burfict remains out
After officially sending A.J. Green to injured reserve so he can have surgery and miss three to four months, the Bengals missed guys like Vontaze Burfict, Cordy Glenn and Dre Kirkpatrick on Wednesday:

Are the Bengals in need of a serious makeover?
After a 4-1 start, it’s been all downhill for the Cincinnati Bengals. Including multiple blowouts, the Bengals have been difficult to even watch as their defense is among the worst in the league.

Could Marvin Lewis walk away from Bengals after season?
One Cincinnati Bengals source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Lewis was expected to think about his future after the season, and they are of the opinion that Lewis will ultimately choose to walk away.

Cincinnati Bengals: First look at Los Angeles Chargers
The Phillip Rivers-led Chargers sit only behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West and are coming off a 33-30 win over AFC North leading Pittsburgh. The Bengals lost 24-10 to Denver (6-6), which also had just beaten the Steelers the week before facing Cincinnati.

Hagerty alum Jeff Driskel gets 2nd chance to get Bengals' offense moving
The Oviedo Hagerty and UF alum threw for a touchdown, but had an interception, four sacks and a fumble as Cincinnati lost to Denver 24-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. Driskel will make his second start Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers (9-3), who have won eight of their past nine games.

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