Found May 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
CINCINNATI -- There was a lot made of the Bengals signing of undrafted linebacker Vontaze Burfict, but for a team lacking depth at the position and with three players entering the final year of their contract, it is a low-risk, high-reward move. Burfict's first weekend as a Bengal, which took place at the rookie minicamp, went well for the most part, but coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that if Burfict is to make the final 53-man roster he is going to have to show something on special teams. "He's a better-conditioned athlete now than he was at the combine and at ASU in March. If he continues to go down that path, he seems bright enough to learn. He seems willing to want change this image people have of him," Lewis said. "He can be a good football player. Learn to bend his knees, play behind his pads, strike people within the whistles and life is good." Burfict said that he wrote letters to all the league's coaches and general managers but that L...

Who Makes The Cut? DL Edition

I may be in the minority, but I am more excited about the defensive line than any other position on the team. These nine guys will be the heart of the team, causing confusion for QBs and headaches for OCs. Even though they were already a good unit in spite of a couple of free agent losses, the Bengals still made themselves even better in the offseason. Safeties Starter On...

Projecting The Defensive Roster

Thanks to everyone who has voiced their opinions about how you think the Bengals’ roster will shape up over the coming months. The great thing about discussions like this is that anything can still happen for the guys we like, and we can all learn something from each other, so keep those comments coming. While I am not as secure with the backfield as I would like to be, I think...

Who Makes The Cut? LB Edition

The Bengals have never had the reputation for having an intimidating group of linebackers like other teams in the AFC North. The last fearsome LB to roam the backfield in stripes was Takeo Spikes… not to slight a great guy like Brian Simmons. I wonder if (and pray that) they might have done something about that this year. Safeties Starter On The Roster Camp Battle Long...

Bengals were the winners of the Palmer trade

Mike Brown worked one of the best deals in Cincinnati Bengals history when he traded quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for their 2013 first round draft pick. With that pick the Bengals addressed a specific need on defense by picking up Dre Kirkpatrick.

Bengals sign top draft pick CB Kirkpatrick

The Bengals have signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, their top pick in the draft. It's the fastest they've gotten a top pick under contract since 2003. Kirkpatrick was the first of Cincinnati's two picks in the opening round, going 17th overall. He's expected to compete for a starting job, teaming with Leon Hall at cornerback. Hall is recovering from a...

Bengals not interested in resigning Cedric Benson

Well we can cross another team off the list of teams that Cedric Benson could possibly sign with, a list that isn’t very long any more. After the Raiders reportedly said they were not interested last week, the team which Benson has led in carries for the last 3 years, the Cincinnati Bengals seem to [...]

Bengals sign rookie Dre Kirkpatrick

Getty Images According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals have signed rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. ESPN’s Josina Anderson has confirmed that Kirkpatrick will receive $7,840,095 fully guaranteed. With Kirkpatrick being 6’2″, he’ll be able to match up against taller receivers and tight ends. In the end, the Bengals have immediately upgraded their secondary...

WR Green, QB Dalton earning stripes with Bengals

CINCINNATI -- With as much as A.J. Green and Andy Dalton accomplished their first year in the NFL, they might be even better in year two. During the Bengals' offseason conditioning program, coaches have been impressed with the strides both players have made not just in grasping the offense but in showing their leadership. "They've grown and experienced a lot. They...

Bengals’ Andy Dalton bulks up to 225

Coming out of TCU, arm strength was the biggest knock on Andy Dalton and the main reason why he fell to the 2nd round, but he proved as a rookie that he had adequate arm strength and above average everything else, leading the Bengals to the playoffs. However, he is not satisfied. In an attempt [...]

Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Football Projections

QB Andy Dalton (Cincinnati) I’m expecting a sophomore slump for Andy Dalton. It also doesn’t help that he lost Jerome Simpson in free agency. He also finished last season throwing for less than 200 yards in 4 or his last 5. I expect his production to go down across the board in 2012. In 2010, he had 3398 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Projection: 3280 passing yards...

Bengals sign first-rounder Kirkpatrick

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Bengals, signed a four-year deal Friday. At 6-2, 186, Kirkpatrick has the size, arm length and experience to become a rookie start in defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's press-cover scheme. "He has quick feet. He moves his feet laterally pretty well," Zimmer said. He does a great job in bump...

Pete Prisco's Top-100 Players In The NFL List

For the past few weeks, CBSSportsLine's Pete Prisco has been hinting at the fact that he would be releasing his list of the top-100 players in the NFL. He finally released the list today, after much deliberation I'm sure, and it's definitely an interesting read. Prisco made this list off of film study and relying on NFL scouts' opinions, making it a valid assessment...

SI's bold predictions for the 2012 NFL season

It's safe to say that the Bengals have caught the eye of many NFL analysts after their extremely productive offseason. After a slow start to free agency, they added some key pieces and then grabbed ten quality college players in the draft--half of which could push for starting jobs with the club. The most highly-contested position battle during Bengals Training Camp will be that...
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