Bengals prep for opener with best of both worlds
The Bengals head into Sunday’s opener in Indy (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) tipping about as much balance as you can get with one of the NFL’s biggest spending teams matched with one of the league’s youngest rosters.
Marvin Lewis News Conference Transcript 9/3
“It’s exciting. It really is exciting to be at this point. When your past season finishes, it seems so far away. Then as you get through to when we started the offseason program, through the draft process and training camp, it really seems to fly by. It seems like a long time, those nine weeks (before the draft), five weeks in between (minicamp and training camp) and six weeks (of training camp). Those go by pretty fast. I am excited about where we are, and I’m excited about our preparation this week to play a game on Sunday and win. That’s what is exciting about it. They worked hard, and now we’re at the point where everything you do counts for real.”
Quick hits: Green, Dalton carry the base; Mike goes from cut to captain, Lazor, Haslett on Hackenberg
The Bengals have been the team of wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton pretty much since they arrived within 24 hours of each other in April of 2011. But their teammates made it official Monday when they voted Green and Dalton captains of the offense. They joined right end Michael Johnson and strong safety Shawn Williams on defense and linebacker Vincent Rey and free safety Clayton Fejedelem on special teams.
Harris to IR; Hackenberg to PS
On Monday morning the Bengals officially announced the signing of former second-round pick Christian Hackenberg to the practice squad to serve as the No. 3 quarterback. They also sent rookie cornerback Davontae Harris (knee) to injured reserve to make room for Sunday’s re-signing of Michael Johnson. Harris is eligible to be re-called in mid-season.
Paul Dehner Jr. predicts Cincinnati Bengals' season
The national narrative and overlooked nature of the Bengals makes sense. They did bring back their coach without a playoff win. They did retain their quarterback who lacks the “wow” factor that moves the needle. They did make their biggest offseason splashes in the trenches, where few pay attention.
Bengals Notes: Mutual trust allowed team to release, re-sign Johnson; injury update
The Bengals' decision to release veteran defensive end Michael Johnson on Saturday and re-sign him on Monday was a procedural one that allowed them to keep another player on the initial 53-man roster, and the only way it could happen was the matter of trust built up between the team and him.
Bengals place fifth-round pick Davontae Harris on IR
He played 57 defensive snaps and 14 special teams snaps in the preseason opener against the Bears, tying for the team high with six tackles, including one for loss, and forcing a fumble.
UW left tackle Trey Adams expected to miss most of season with back injury
A preseason All-American, the 6-foot-8, 316-pound Adams missed the second half of the 2017 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He had been on track to return from the knee surgery last month until the back injury surfaced early last week.
The Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Preseason
The preseason could also have an adverse effect on a player’s professional outlook. Veterans can lose their roster spots, bringing uncertainty to their futures and, for some, signaling an end of a career. The Chicago Bears cut Victor Cruz after he appeared in all four exhibition contests last year. He never gained traction with another club and currently works for ESPN.
Colin Kaepernick Named Face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary of ‘Just Do It’ Campaign
Nike selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Darren Rovell of ESPN reported the choice of Kaepernick, who started the movement to kneel during the United States national anthem to protest racial injustice in August 2016
LeSean McCoy Eligible for Bills’ Game vs. Ravens Amid Police Investigation
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy remains available to play in the team’s Week 1 game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens as police in Georgia investigate a July invasion at a home he owns that allegedly caused injuries to his ex-girlfriend.