Doc’s Morning Line: Marvin Lewis’ legacy in Cincinnati improves with every Bengals loss
Lewis is benefiting from the current local malaise. With every Bengals loss, his legacy improves. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Maybe 0-7 has a few folks wishing he were still here. OK, probably not. More likely, a few folks have a new appreciation for the mountains Lewis moved while he was here.
Notebook: Big Willie Summit; Whit Believed In Dalton From Start; Dennard All-Out Effort; McVay Misses Taylor
Willie Anderson, the greatest right tackle in Bengals history, came into town last weekend as one of the franchise’s ten legends helping celebrate the NFL’s 100th birthday. After Sunday’s game he bumped into current right tackle Bobby Hart after a downtown dinner as Hart called out to him with a Harty, “Hey Big Willie.”
A.J. Green returns to practice on a limited basis as the Bengals prep for Week 8 against the Rams.
The Bengals released Willis (nine catches at nine yards per) to re-sign defensive end Anthony Zettel two days after they released him to make room for the return of Cordy Glenn from his one-game suspension for disciplinary reasons. Head coach Zac Taylor indicated they hope Willis clears waivers so he can re-join the club on the practice squad.
Taylor And Dalton Discuss The Team Heading Into Week 8
“OK, back at it today. Today is the first real work day to get ready for the Rams. We’ll travel tomorrow afternoon, head over to London, land Friday morning and get another practice in. We’ve been educating our guys on what this is going to look like and feel like so we can prepare ourselves to play the best game possible on Sunday.
Bengals Sign Zettel, Waive Willis
Zettel (6-4, 275), a fourth-year player, was with the Bengals last week and played in Sunday’s game vs. Jacksonville (no statistics), before being waived on Monday. He originally was a college free agent signee of Detroit in 2016, and was with the Lions through the ’17 season. He spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, before being waived on final cuts this season. He has played in 45 career games (16 starts), and has 70 tackles, 7.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Taylor-Made Takes: Head coach Zac Taylor talks about going against his old boss, Sean McVay.
Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson sat down with head coach Zac Taylor to talk about going against his old boss and team when the Bengals travel to London to play Sean McVay’s Rams Sunday at Wembley Stadium. Taylor talks about what qualities he admires in McVay and why Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the best player he’s ever seen on tape.
Sean McVay: Bengals' future bright with 'resilient' Zac Taylor
Despite his friend’s rocky start, McVay believes the adversity will show why the 0-7 Bengals should be optimistic about Taylor.
Tyler Eifert trade scenarios: Possible trade partners, return and more
Eifert, the man given another extension this offseason but rarely used within the confines of new head coach Zac Taylor’s attack. The man who would serve as a half-season rental if moved at the deadline.
Around the league
Pats place Josh Gordon on IR, will likely waive WR
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots eventually plan to waive Gordon, which will allow him to sign with another team. Gordon has been sidelined since twisting his leg while trying to make a tackle two weeks ago against the Giants. That exacerbated two bone bruises that he'd been playing through, according to Rapoport.
Emmanuel Sanders thrilled with trade to Niners
"It feels good [to be here]," Sanders said Wednesday, via ESPN. "Obviously, I've got a lot of love for the Broncos. I spent six years there, won a Super Bowl there and I love that organization. But to be a 49er, it's like a new energy and new environment. It reminds me of when I left the Steelers and went to the Broncos.
What to watch for in Redskins-Vikings on 'TNF'
"Thursday Night Football" returns in Week 8 from the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and of 60,000 people screaming "Skol" in unison). In the midst of a three-game winning streak, the Minnesota Vikings (5-2) are looking to extend it to four against a Washington Redskins (1-6) ball club looking for its first win over a non-winless team.
Drew Brees eyeing return this week: 'That's the plan'
So far so good for Brees, who was limited in the Saints' first practice of the week Wednesday. He said he felt good throwing and noted that taking a snap was easier than he anticipated.