Pro Football Focus grades the Bengals draft
The Cincinnati Bengals have spent all offseason relaying the message that they are in win-now mode. The front office has extensively told the media that they are looking to contend in 2018 and not just rebuilding for 2019 and 2020. Their offseason moves and participating in free agency and trades made that a little more well known. The 2018 NFL Draft proved their intentions extensively as they brought in versatile players that would be immediate impacts this season.
Stripe Hype podcast: Bengals offense will surprise
The Cincinnati Bengals offense ranked last in the league last season when it came to yards per game. It was a poor performance by the entire offense and something that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will have to spice up with his new playbook to turn around. There are also significant players coming back from injury including tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver John Ross.
Secondary allows Bengals defense to be aggressive
The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to become more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball in 2018. Players like cornerback William Jackson III and new rookie safety Jessie Bates could help new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin make that come true. For the defense to be more aggressive up front, Cincinnati will need the secondary to have success, and I think the Bengals have the right pieces in place to have that success.
Cincinnati Bengals: Looking at the undrafted free agents
The biggest spectacle of the NFL offseason came to an end nearly a week ago. For every team in the league, the NFL Draft is the best opportunity for franchises to add new, young talent on valuable, cost-controlled contracts. For teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, a franchise which relies particular on those sort of assets, it especially carries weight.
On your Mark: Walton brings special energy
The Cop first met The Kid nearly 15 years ago when he walked off Miami’s mean streets into Liberty City Elementary, a couple of go routes from where Chad Johnson grew up and told the principal he was looking for the “baddest,” eight-year-old in the building. Sean Horne, the resource officer for Northwestern Senior High School and its feeder elementary schools, doubled as the football coach for the smallest pounds at the Gwen Cherry Boys and Girls Club down the street and his seven-year-olds had just lost the Super Bowl.
AFC North Bytes
Orlando Brown Jr. working on slimming down to 325 pounds
Ravens rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. is an enormous man, but he’d like to be a little less enormous. The 6-foot-8 Brown told reporters in Baltimore today that he currently weighs 340 pounds, but he’s working on managing his weight, and he’d like to slim down to about 325.
Ben Roethlisberger 'Surprised' Steelers Drafted Mason Rudolph, Won't Mentor QB
"I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the third round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now. Nothing against Mason I think he is a great player. I don't know him personally but I'm sure he is a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being the third, who knows where he’s going to fall in the depth chart but helps us win now but that’s not my decision to make that’s all the coaches and the GM and owner...if they feel like he can help our team, so be it but I was a little surprised.”
Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus NFL Rookie Award Predictions
We now know Baker Mayfield will begin his pro career in Cleveland, where he'll hope to both become the franchise quarterback the Browns have lacked for so long and live up to his status as the No. 1 overall pick. We know Sam Darnold, who the New York Jets took at No. 3, will attempt to do the same.
Panthers DB Coach Curtis Fuller Resigned Amid Misconduct Allegations
His resignation came a week after one of the women who told Sports Illustrated she was sexually harassed by team owner Jerry Richardson wrote open letters to various members of the organization and the NFL, including Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair.
Cliff Avril Cut by Seahawks After Failing Physical; Suffered Neck Injury in 2017
Avril, 32, landed on injured reserve in October after he suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts. In January, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he thought Avril would "have a hard time playing football again" because of the severe nature of his injury, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta.