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Bengals Take OT Jonah Williams with the 11th Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

The Bengals looked to add some beef to their O-line Thursday night, snagging Alabama OT Jonah Williams with the 11th pick in the draft.

And a Scouting Report on Williams:

Strengths:

Intelligent
Excellent technique
Hand placement
Plays with good leverage
Bends at the knee; avoids waist bending
Well-balanced blocker
Recoverability
Awareness
Sustains blocks
Keeps his feet moving
Reliable pass blocker
Can torque defenders in the ground game
Beats defenders to spots to open holes
Ties up defenders to keep them from getting to ball-carriers
Scheme versatile
Known as a good-character individual
Intelligent
Great knowledge of technique
Football I.Q.
Hard worker
Lots of experience against top competition
Position flexibility; could play tackle, guard or center

Weaknesses:

Not overly strong
Not fast or very quick
Not a great athlete
Arm length – 33.63 inches
Can struggle with elite speed off the edge
Can get overpowered

Summary: At just about every position on the field, Alabama has been a factory for NFL talent during the Nick Saban era, and the offensive line is no exception. However, it is rare for a player to break into the starting line up early in their career as Saban has been more inclined to play upperclassmen. Thus, it said a lot for Williams when he broke into the starting lineup at right tackle as a freshman. After a strong debut there, Williams went over to left tackle once Cam Robinson moved on to the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Williams was a reliable pass protector and run blocker for the Crimson Tide. With his steady play, Williams turned himself into an early-round prospect for the NFL.

There are a lot of strengths to Williams as a player, but in speaking with team sources, the attributes mentioned the most are intelligence and technique. Team evaluators think that Williams is a very smart blocker, and he uses that to his advantage on how he attacks defenders to keep them away from his quarterback or ball-carrier. Williams has very good technique. His hand placement, knee bend, and leverage are all very good.

As a pass blocker, Williams is very reliable. He sets up well and plays the typewriter with his feet to keep defenders from getting around the corner. Williams uses his good hand placement and upper body to sustain his blocks while not allowing much give on second efforts. When he does allow a rusher to get upfield, Williams shows a nice ability to recover and tie up his blocker, using any means necessary to keep them from getting to the quarterback. Elite speed or strength can give Williams some problems on the edge, thus many believe he should not be a left tackle in the NFL.

Bengals Exercise Fifth-Year Option on CB William Jackson

The Bengals announced today they have exercised a team option to extend by one year the contract of CB William Jackson.

The 2016 first-round draft choice now is signed through the 2020 season.

Jackson, a fourth-year player in 2019, has played in 31 games with 21 starts. Last season, he started 16 games and totaled 41 tackles, and his 13 passes defensed led the team.

New Bengals Coach Zac Taylor Says WR John Ross Will Get a ‘Fresh Start’

New Bengals head coach Zac Taylor says he wants to give wide receiver John Ross a “fresh start” according to Geoff Hobson of bengals.com.

“Some of these players with what they’ve done in the past, it’s good for a fresh start with a new coaching staff,” was Taylor’s exact quote. “Let’s see what he can put on tape. He was electric in college.”

“In college” is the perfect qualifier for Ross as he has thus far found little success in the NFL. Ross electrified the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine with his blazing speed, convincing the Bengals to make him the No.9-overall pick out of the University of Washington despite his fragile frame (%’!!”, 190 lbs.) and extensive injury history.

That injury history followed him to the NFL and made his rookie season a virtual washout, as he appeared in only three games and did not catch a single pass.

2018 was somewhat better as he caught 21 passes for 210 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games but he still seemed like mostly an afterthought in the Bengals offense. Even worse, former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and his staff seemed to give up on Ross very early, which can’t have done much for his confidence.

And there have been trade rumors all offseason, even though the Bengals would likely get little value in return at this juncture.

It is way too early to give up on Ross considering that he is still only 23 years old and still possesses that speed. But 2019 will be a crucial year for him and he tries to learn the new offensive scheme and impress the new coaching staff. Ross probably won’t be playing for his roster spot this summer, but he is one of the Bengals most on the spot.

Check out the Complete 2019 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule

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The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Bengals fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Bengals slate!

Sept. 8 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05
Sept. 15 San Francisco 49ers 1:00
Sept. 22 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Sept. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15
Oct. 6 Arizona Cardinals 1:00
Oct. 13 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00
Oct. 20 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00
Oct. 27 at Los Angeles Rams (London) 1:00
Bye
Nov. 10 Baltimore Ravens 1:00
Nov. 17 at Oakland Raiders 4:25
Nov. 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00
Dec. 1 New York Jets 1:00
Dec. 8 at Cleveland Browns 1:00
Dec. 15 New England Patriots 1:00
Dec. 22 at Miami Dolphins 1:00

Dec. 29 Cleveland Browns 1:00

Bengals Re-Sign CB Darqueze Dennard to a One-Year Deal

The Bengals secondary got a big boost on Monday, as the team re-signed cornerback Darqueze Dennard to a one-year contract.

Dennard will earn $5 million on the one-year agreement according to NFL Network.

The cornerback preferred a one-year contract over a multi-year deal, with the intention of testing the free-agent market next off-season, according to the NFL Network.

“It’s a great feeling. Great relief to finally get this over with,” Dennard told Bengals.com Monday.

“It’s good to be back in Cincinnati. I’m happy to be a part of it and I’m ready to get back to work. … With the talent we have throughout the room, I think we should be the number one secondary.”

Denard was picked by the Bengals in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He became an unrestricted free agent on March 13th before returning to Cincinnati.

Last season the corner played in 13 games, with a career-high nine starts, with 68 total tackles, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His 68 tackles ranked fourth on the team in 2018.

In five NFL seasons, Dennard has tallied 237 total tackles, three interceptions, 3.0 sacks, 17 passes defensed and one defensive touchdown.

Bengals Bringing Back TE Tyler Eifert, Ink Him to One-Year Deal

Tyler Eifert is back in the fold for the Bengals, as the team and the often injured agreed to a one-year deal for the 2019 season.

Since 2015 Eifert has only been able to play in 14 games, four of which were last season before he broke his ankle on September 30th against the Falcons and missed the final 12 games of the year.

In the four games he played in he had 15 catches with one touchdown.

Last season Eifert’s deal was worth $8.5 million with $3 million guaranteed.

Earlier this week the Bengals re-signed C.J. Uzomah to a new deal, while losing free agent tight end Tyler Kroft to the Bills.

Report: Bengals Shopping Former First-Round Pick WR John Ross

Almost two years to the day when John Ross lit Lucas Oil Stadium ablaze with a 4.22 40-yard-dash in the NFL Scouting Combine, the receiver is quickly running out of time in Cincinnati, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

The Bengals are shopping Ross after just two seasons with the club, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday.

Drafted ninth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft on the strength of that record-breaking 40 time, Ross missed most of his rookie year due to injury, failing to record a single reception. In 2018, Ross bounced back somewhat, tallying seven touchdowns on just 21 receptions for 210 yards over 13 games played.

If Ross is to be swapped for picks or players, Cincy would be left with starting wideouts A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, both of whom are only signed through 2019.

Bengals Chatting with Florida DC Todd Grantham About Defensive Coordinator Job

The Bengals are still on the search for a defensive coordinator for new head coach Zac Taylor, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says the team has narrowed the search to put the focus on University of Florida DC Todd Grantham.

Sources: The #Bengals have narrowed their defensive coordinator search to focus on #Florida DC Todd Grantham, and he’s back in the building this morning. The only question is, can the #Bengals and new coach Zac Taylor pull him away from UF.

There’s been quite a few names that the team has chatted with about the DC spot, including Rams cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant, former Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, Texas A&M DC Mike Elko, and Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn.

As for Grantham, he’s going to cost to make the jump to the NFL, as last year with Florida he made close to $1.5 million, so he won’t be cheap if the team can talk him into coming aboard.