The importance of Auden Tate making the 53-man roster will make vast competition between all the young wide receivers the Bengals have received in the last couple drafts. Why have so much competition? The Bengals have not found the second receiver to help AJ Green get the man to man coverage he wants. The Bengals have been missing a number 2 receiver since Marvin Jones in 2015. The hunt for the next famous duo is close. Last year’s first round draft pick John Ross will be healthy. Auden will be showcasing his talent also.
There is good belief that now number 2 receiver Brandon LaFell wont be here after this season. He has made a couple of good seasons. He hasn’t done anything like they had at one time in that position. His contract will be up after this season.
Here is what Auden Tate’s contract entails :
He is set to get $2.46 million for the next four years. His prorated bonus is $51,804. This is what a normal rookie contract would look like. Rookie contracts don’t hold much dead money in case they need to be cut.
There will be a great use for Auden Tate. He is a great red zone threat in case TE Tyler Eifert isn’t up to par. He has great hands and he has the height like AJ Green does. Let’s see what he can do.
Cincinnati Bengal fan have gotten used to Alex Erickson returning kicks. Will he still be able to contribute with the talent they brought in through the draft?
Alex Erickson has been returning kickoffs and punts for the Cincinnati Bengals for the last two years. He has been more than adequate. His average for kickoff returns has been a solid 24.1 yards a return. He also had some punt returns only averaging 7.1 yards a punt return. He has had a couple of break aways but never scored. It is Erickson’s speed and ability to finish returns that will find him compelled to compete for his job.
In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected three very accomplished return men from the college ranks. Former West Virgina safety Jessie Bates, former Miami of Florida running back Mark Walton, and former Western Michigan corner back Darius Phillips will all be competing for jobs in Erickson’s area of expertise. This is where the speed comes in and the ability to finish off big plays. These three all can do that.
Jessie Bates known for his hard-hitting at safety is also an excellent hands man. Along with his speed he has the makings of a excellent return man. If anything he would be the next punter returner. The ability to see the ball and feeling the pressure quicker is all great attributes for being a punter returner. Check out 5:47 on video from one of his punt returns.
Mark Walton, a speedster from Miami of Florida, has had his fair share in the return game in 2015 season. Not only did he return but he also played the gunner position so he can play different areas in special teams.
The player that really impressed me on tape is Darius Phillips. He is the only one out of the three that scored on a return. He scored 6 touchdowns in the return game and 5 interceptions for touchdowns. He is a touchdown machine. There will be no surprise that he gets a kickoff return job.
Watch for Jessie Bates to get on the 53 man roster due to his expertise as a safety. Mark Walton and Darius Phillips should get a roster spot for special teams. It is a hard time thinking Erickson can hang with this grade of talent but we will see.
Cincinnati Bengals star defensive tackle Geno Atkins has made yet another top 100 list by his peers. He ranked 63rd in 2017.
The Cincinnati Bengals star defensive tackle Geno Atkinsis no stranger to the NFL Network top 100. This is his fifth time in the top 100. He is ranked 63rd according to his peers. As he turned 30 this year Atkins continues to create havoc to every offensive line. He has 61 sacks and he can’t wait to do some more with the Bengals.
Geno Atkins has been dominating since 2010. He has not slowed down. He had 9 sacks and 21 QB hits last season at the age of 29. This year is Geno Atkins contract year. He has been waiting for an extension before this season starts. Regardless he will produce. With Teryl Austin’s new defense expect Atkins to get double digits in sacks and rush the QB at will. He will be battling Aaron Donald for defensive tackle supremacy.
The Cincinnati Bengals had star cornerback William Jackson III become one of the best situational cornerbacks in the game. This year the fans want to see him become a starter. This is what he has to cover if he does start.
There is no doubt the Cincinnati Bengals selecting cornerback William Jackson III in the first round of the 2016 draft was the right decision. He missed his first season due to injury but came with vengeance in his second year. He posted some of the best numbers by a cornerback since PFF (Pro Football Focus) started grading players back in 2007. He was a backup though. That is why he didn’t get the full accolades he so richly deserves.
Now that the fans want William Jackson to be a full-time starter, this is who he will be facing this season. He will be facing six-time Pro-Bowler Antonio Brown twice. He is arguably the best wide receiver in the game today yet Jackson only allowed two catches for seven yards last year.
He will also be facing some Pro-Bowlers outside of the division. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had 88 catches and 1444 yards with only three touchdowns. Believe it or not that is a mediocre season for a high talented player like Jones. Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans had 71 catches for 1004 yards and five touchdowns last season. This young receiver is getting acknowledgement of being a top five wide receiver like Julio Jones. LA Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had 102 catches for 1393 yards and scored six touchdowns. He is maybe the most under rated receiver with only five years in the league. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is the youngest player on the list. With Dree Brees passing to Thomas it is no wonder he averaged 100 catches in his first two years.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is by far the best athlete on this list of receivers. It does not matter which quarterback is for the Texans. He makes them look great. This will probably be the hardest matchup William Jackson III will have to face.
William Jackson III is fully capable of covering all these gifted receivers on a full-time basis. This will make for a very compelling argument for the rest of the off-season. Let’s hope the Bengals give him the chance to bring it to life.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be starting the 2018 season without their defensive captain Vontaze Burfict. He is suspended for four games due to his PED violation.
Bengals olb Vontaze Burfict has started every season since 2014 either on the DL or serving a suspension. He has an old school spirit and plays with an old school mentality. It has gotten to the point where every time Burfict makes a hard hit on a player there could be a flag on a great hit. It has already been said that he could be praised as one of the greats if he was playing in the 70’s.
Usually his suspensions are for disorderly conduct on the field. This time it is for violating PED regulations. Burfict tried to appeal to no great outcome. He had unknown substance in the medication he was taking for his injury suffered by Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith Schuster. His appeal was denied.
Another season without the Bengals defensive leader is becoming common knowledge. Soon some skeptics think it is starting to be not worth the time having him not fulfill his season commitment while taking suspensions every season.
In 2013 Vontaze Burfict made headlines. He made the Pro Bowl in his second year. He worked real hard for he wasn’t even drafted. It is not hard to believe that one of the best linebackers in the game wasn’t even drafted. His talent is unreal but his attitude dropped him out of the draft. After his first Pro Bowl he is back to his crazy attics.
Here is the question though. How did he become the leader? He bleeds for this organization. He puts every ounce of energy into everything he does. He never holds back. As his teammates start to realize how gifted he was, they started to follow what he preaches. This defense has been in the top ten in many defensive categories since Burfict’s arrival. Even without him for four games they will give it all they have.
Now will anyone step up in his absence? Backup olb Jordan Evans had a rocky start last season but ended with a lot of experience under his belt. Look for Evans and rookie Malik Jefferson to share the role. When Burfict comes back they will be ready to roll. Hopefully they can get at least three victories during his suspension. That would serve a credit to Teryl Austin for getting two young talents ready for action.
Vontaze Burfict’s actions speak louder than words. That is for the good and the bad. For all the plays he has made it would be foolish to even think about dropping him. He is this defense. This whole defense respects him.
The Cincinnati Bengals may have selected and signed the wrong rookie quarterback. Should they go after former Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson? He was cut by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Riley Fergusonwas an undrafted free agent that signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs. They decided to go with small school talent at the quarterback position so they cut Ferguson. Logan Woodside was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round. The sceptics were out on this pick simply because a lot of mock drafts including this site placed Riley Ferguson with the Bengals.
Former Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson is a perfect fit for the Cincinnati Bengals. He comes from the same type of offense former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton came from. He has a quick release on the ball (under 2 seconds). He had an explosion of weapons to his disposal. In his two-year career Riley Ferguson posted an accurate 63 % completion rate. He averaged almost 4000 yards in his two seasons. He also had a touchdown to interception ratio of 70 to 19 in two years.
After looking at Logan Woodside, he has a huge learning curve. Regardless who they keep this will be a backup learning position. Woodside just never faced high quality defenses in college. The abilities Riley Ferguson possesses can make him the 2nd string quarterback immediately. With the Bengals talent at wide receiver and running back he should have no problem to step in. Riley has had a lot more success in a high-powered offense and played good defenses before. Plus you can actually say Riley can be a quarterback of the future.
What will this cost the Bengals? If Logan Woodside gets cut after June 1 it will cost the Bengals nothing. Riley Ferguson would be signed for even less than Logan. If Logan was cut before June 1 it will just cost his 60,000 signing bonus.
As you can tell in the video Ferguson can throw all the routes with precision. He is extremely mobile. He can throw on the run and across his body. He can run naked bootleg with ease due to being as mobile as he is.
The Cincinnati Bengals first round center Billy Price is proving he wants to take a leadership role with all the rookies. He was picked first. He needs to play the part.
How do you play the part of a first round center? The answer is Billy Price. He is a true professional. He knows what is expected of him. He knows he is the face of a newly constructed offensive line. The center runs the show. The center commands the offensive line where to block and controls shifts and movement of the line of every single play. The center has to build trust and leadership. Billy Price has shown the work ethic and the leadership in Bengals mini-camp this past weekend.
In order to become a leader you have to know what is expected of you. Billy Price understands the game speed will be extremely quicker. There has to be split decisions that can make or break a play. He needs to be durable. His work ethic is already strong. He is the first one out to camp and the last one to leave. He is always doing extra drills. They will always find him in the classroom. He needs to not just recognize the speed of defenses but read the different schemes and blitz packages. There is a lot of movement in this offense during running plays. Shifting quickly on gap plays and reaching the second line of defense real quick id something he needs to work on because the game is so much quicker.
Billy Price gives respect to every player in rookie camp. He is the first round pick but he knows he can’t cruise through camp thinking he has a job. He works hard and makes everyone around him work hard.
Billy Price can’t wait to train with the whole offensive line. He can start learning the game speed along with the veterans. Everything that Price has shown so far looks like he will be a great commander in time of that offensive line.
He does a good job off the field too. the media doesn’t shake him. He products himself as a professional of many years when it is only his first year.
The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack is also a great motivator. That is going to help each and every one of these players trying for a spot on this offensive line. In his first rookie mini-camp experts notice a harder work ethic and morale in the offensive line than ever before.
We will bring you more on Billy Price’s continued learning. It should be interesting how quickly he can learn everything in one training camp. He needs to be ready now and this organization is counting on Price more than ever.