Bengals corners Dre Kirkpatrick, William Jackson III to miss game action
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to miss about a month due to a hyperextended left knee. Kirkpatrick had his leg rolled up on and his knee extended back when Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was pushed to the sideline by Bengals free safety Jessie Bates late in the first quarter.
Quick Hits: Wilson Stalks NFL Leaders; Boyd Reviews Drops; O-Line Revolves Again
Tucker, the Ravens kicker and one of those traveling Hall-of-Fame exhibits, kicked off Sunday’s game with one of the three balls each team reserves for their kickers and punters. Wilson, the Bengals’ third-year safety, took it back 92 yards for a touchdown and after he crossed the goal line he looked to the sky, moved the ball to other hand and then tossed it backward as he began to greet his teammates.
Game Preview: Jaguars at Bengals
Cincinnati’s start against Baltimore could be accurately classified as “fast.” In fact, it was technically the fastest start in team history. S Brandon Wilson bolted 92 yards for a TD on the game’s opening kickoff, marking the first time in team history a Bengal has opened a game with a kickoff-return TD. Additionally, the NFL’s Next Gen Stats service, which tracks players’ speed by using GPS, clocked Wilson’s run at 22.03 MPH, the third-fastest speed in the NFL this year and the fastest by a Bengal since NGS’ launch in 2016.
5 prospects Bengals could draft with a top pick in 2020
To break from the monotony of a week leading up to a game against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, let’s take a look at a sampling of top prospects the Bengals could eventually target in the top five to 10 picks.
Bengals Talk: Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com senior writer
In 16 times in the red zone, they have scored five touchdowns. They’ve been in close enough games where one or two scores there would have won it for them. That’s been frustrating for them. They got beat by Seattle by one up there [in Week 1]; they should have won that game because they had a couple of tries in the red zone. They had a fourth-quarter lead in Buffalo [in Week 3] until about three minutes left. They tied Arizona [in Week 5] with two minutes left. It’s weird because usually in a six-game stretch in this league, you fall into one or two wins like that. It’s amazing they haven’t done that yet, because they have been close enough to win some of these games. You can make the argument they could be 3-3. The problem is they can’t stop anyone. They couldn’t stop Buffalo to score a winning touchdown and they couldn’t stop Arizona from kicking a field goal.
How the Bengals "trash" became the Broncos "treasure"
The Broncos have a knack for finding talent that other teams overlook. Whether it was Todd Davis (Saints) or Brandon Marshall (Jaguars), the Broncos have been able to scoop players up from other teams that have turned into quality players and starters for Denver.
Fast facts to know about new Bengals rookie guard Fred Johnson
Scout’s take: From NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: “However, he has show that he understands his landmarks and how to attack them. Johnson flashes an impressive ability to keep rushers in front of him with a stiff punch and adequate balance in his mirror. He has day three, backup potential.”
Around the league
Jaguars trading Jalen Ramsey to Los Angeles Rams
In Ramsey, the Rams now boast one of the finest cornerbacks in the NFL. Ramsey has made two Pro Bowls and earned one first-team All-Pro selection in his three full seasons since being drafted No. 5 overall in 2016 out of Florida State. Boasting nine career interceptions, Ramsey also serves as a defensive tone setter on the outside, playing with a boisterous confidence that can energize an entire defensive group as seen during the Jaguars run to the AFC title game in 2017.
Titans to start Ryan Tannehill over Mariota vs. Bolts
Mariota failed to lead Tennessee past midfield in nine drives last Sunday against the Broncos, completing just 7 of 18 passes for a paltry 63 yard with two interceptions before being yanked in favor of Tannehill. In a loss the week before, Mariota took five sacks while leading an offensive group that produced just 252 yards of offense and went 4-of-14 on third downs with six three-and-outs.
Saints corner P.J. Williams suspended two games
Williams has been suspended without pay for the Saints' next two games after violating the league's policy and program on substances of abuse.
Rich McKay: Too early to judge if PI review is working
McKay continued: "It's a brand new rule, one that our coaches are getting accustomed to, one that our players and fans are getting accustomed to and one that the officials are getting accustomed to. So I don't think for us we did it that way; we gave them the numbers, we showed them plays. But I think we're gonna reserve or at least I always have thought it's way better to reserve judgment 'til the season is over. You've seen the full season and you've got an opportunity to look at all the tape, which is traditionally what we do."