How Finley Put His Best Foot Forward
Bengals cornerback Jordan Brown, who teamed with fellow rookie Ryan Finley to rewrite the Paradise Valley High School record book in Phoenix, Ariz., when Finley was the quarterback and Brown was his wide receiver, has never seen his friend rattled. Not even in the Arizona state championship basketball game Paradise won in a defensive duel in which Brown recalls Finley scoring “18 or 19,” as a shooting guard with whom he shared a wing.
For Starters, Jordan Comes Full Circle
The day that Michael Donovan Jordan had been named the Bengals’ Opening Day left guard would have been his uncle’s 54th birthday. Kevin Michael Jordan, his father who also goes by Michael, didn’t miss the sign in what has been a tough summer. He lost his father, Michael’s grandfather, just as the NFL spring practices began at the end of May.
Bengals' 53-man roster projection features rookie backup QB, deep D-line
Finley’s strong performances throughout the preseason helped him secure the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Finley sported the highest completion percentage of any Bengals quarterback this preseason and moved the offense effectively. The fourth-round pick will be called into action if anything happens to Dalton, who is entering his ninth season in Cincinnati.
Joe Mixon likes the idea of Bengals adding Jaelen Strong
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has never been shy about recruiting players on social media. He went after Gerald McCoy, as an example.
Cincinnati Bengals preseason: Kerry Wynn hopes to make impact during season
If you watched the Bengals preseason games, it would be hard not to have noticed defensive end Kerry Wynn. He has two sacks, seven tackles and has spent much of his time in the opponent's backfield.
Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie Drew Sample a new father
Sample and his wife, Angelina, welcomed daughter Alivia Rose into the world at 12:11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, almost a month before her due date.
2019 Fantasy Football: Bengals players you should draft to your team
The conclusion of the preseason’s third week means a run of fantasy football drafts, yet it can be difficult to get through a draft thanks to a mystery team like the Cincinnati Bengals.
Around the league
Jadeveon Clowney met with Fins amid trade rumors
With trade winds swirling around the Houston Texans franchise-tagged pass rusher, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Clowney met in person with Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores and other members of the organization's brass, per sources informed of the situation.
Gruden wants Derek Carr going deep more often
"The better your receivers are, the more aggressive you are," Gruden said via The Athletic. "And the better your line is, the more vertical shots you can call. We think we are better on the line. We think we are better outside. With that being said, we are going to take more shots, I hope."
From cut to starting, Michael Davis grinding for Bolts
Most notably, all-everything second-year safety Derwin James will be out for some time with a stress fracture, starting left tackle Russell Okung's return remains a mystery due to a pulmonary embolism and star running back Melvin Gordon's holdout is set to carry on into the regular season.
Barry Sanders sees all-time greatness in RB Barkley
"There are a lot of guys who have really good first years (only), but he appears to be one of those guys who has that potential for all-time greatness," Sanders told the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard of Barkley. "And I would think he's just as hungry, just as driven to really restore the Giants to former glory."