Sunday looked like Auden Tate’s day for the Cincinnati Bengals – until the very end
The Bengals ended up falling 21-17, but it’s hard to overlook what Tate did, especially with the news that A.J. Green will not be returning Monday when the Bengals go to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers. Tate had a career-high six catches for 88 yards.
A.J. Green will not return for Cincinnati Bengals this week, Zac Taylor won’t give a timeline
“I don’t expect him to practice this week,” Taylor said. “I guess that would be the update. He continues to make good progress on the rehab field. I really hate to make a prediction on what his timeline is. Because I think he’s making the progress, we expect him to make.
Tate Starts And Finishes In The Middle Of It All
But in his first NFL start, Tate, the second-year man out of Florida State, had 88 yards on six catches. Sure, 32 came on the last desperate, we’ll-give-it-to-you Rumpke play of the first half. But there was also the 24-yarder that got the Bengals off the dime with 1:57 left in the first half and two YAC catches for 22 yards in quarterback Andy Dalton’s scrambling last drive that ended when he threw behind the leaping Tate on a ball tipped for an interception with 12 seconds left.
Notebook: Bengals Hold Off On Spin; 'Too Many' Miscues; Phillips' Big Day; Zac's First Steeler Week
Darrin Simmons, the Bengals long-time special teams coordinator, has been doing it long enough that he knows griping about Sunday’s holding call on wide receiver Auden Tate that negated Darius Philips’ 92-yard kick return touchdown is as useless as it gets. But if he did object to anything, it seemed to be the official’s spin on the play that came following the call.
Taylor Evaluations After Week 3
“The hard thing in the first half was we had 14 plays before the two-minute drill. With a couple of those being third downs, you’re probably looking at 10 plays because we didn’t get any first downs. The runs we called were efficient, and we were in good shape. We had some good runs going forward, and we just didn’t get (in) place. ... We just have to get a first down. That’s really what hurt us in the first half. In the second half, we were able to call (the game) the way we wanted to. It was only a 14-point game, and we felt like we were right there on the verge of scoring, so we were able to do that stuff. We were getting good, efficient runs out of it. There were things to be pleased about in the run game, and we finally got a chance to put it out there. We know we can be successful in that area going forward.”
Official who wiped out Darius Phillips’ TD said it was an easy call
The Cincinnati Bengals got a huge play from cornerback Darius Phillips on a kickoff return in Week 3 while the team was in an 8-0 hole and slogging around with a miserable looking offense.
Around the league
Roethlisberger eyes 2020 return after elbow surgery
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John Harbaugh explains analytical approach vs. Chiefs
John Harbaugh knows the armchair quarterbacks have been coming for him in the aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. The Ravens coach intimated that taking on Kansas City's high-octane offense led him to do things a bit differently than he normally would. That included going for two on three occasions and going for it on fourth down four times.
Freddie Kitchens not considering giving up play-calling
It likely crossed the minds of many upon seeing Cleveland run a draw on fourth-and-9 while trailing by four points in the fourth quarter. The play went for two yards and gave the Rams a short field to set up a field goal. The Browns still had a chance to either tie or go ahead late in the game, advancing to L.A.'s 4-yard-line in the final minute. But four consecutive pass plays, none of which went to Odell Beckham, resulted in three incompletions and a game-clinching interception.
Saquon Barkley (high ankle sprain) out several weeks
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Barkley is expected to be out four to six weeks because of a high ankle sprain, per a source informed of the situation. Giants coach Pat Shurmur later confirmed the injury but did not offer a timeline for a return.
Cam Newton (foot) to miss Week 4 versus Texans
The team waited until two days before its Week 3 matchup with the Cardinals to rule out Newton. It wasted no time making that announcement in Week 4. Perhaps, the play of its second-year QB expedited the process. While Newton remained in Carolina to rehab, Allen completed 19 of 26 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Panthers' win over Arizona this past Sunday.