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Bengals Releasing Long Time Safety George Iloka

The Bengals are getting rid of one of their long time players, as Ian Rapoport is reporting that the team is getting rid of safety George Iloka, who has been a starter for the last four seasons.

Here’s the tweet on the impending roster move.

Bengals WR John Ross Ranked Last in Terms of Best 2nd WR Options in the NFL

While the Bengals offense is a work in progress as the 2018 season gets closer, one player who is getting no love is that of wide receiver John Ross.

Website NumberFire.com says that Ross, who was the teams’ 9th overall pick last season, is dead last when it comes to ranking teams’ second wide outs in the NFL.

Here’s what they had to say about Ross.

John Ross was a highly-coveted player in 2017 as the ninth overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. However, lingering injuries and an early fumble put him in coach Marvin Lewis’ doghouse. He caught zero passes and had one rush for 12 yards. That’s it! While Ross maintains a strong upside profile given his draft equity, he falls on a very damning list of first-round wide receivers to see fewer than 50 targets in Year 1. If he could overcome injuries, role confusion, and a mediocre-looking offense, it would be a major surprise.

An Early Guess At Who the Bengals 2018 MVP Will Be

The Bengals have a season starting in less than 100 days, and with a long training camp and season upcoming, there’s plenty of chatter as to what player might shines better than the rest as the teams Most Valuable Player.

An article out on NFL.com talks about just what player they think will be the MVP for not only the Bengals, but for each team around the National Football League for 2018.

The Bengals MVP – author Dan Hanzus is going with wide out AJ Green, a very good player that he sees having a big year in Cincy this upcoming season.

Here’s what Hanzus has to say about Green this season:

Green is an excellent bounce-back candidate coming off a disappointing-by-his-standards 75/1,078/8 line in 2017. The Bengals could have done more to add another weapon or two around their All-Pro wideout (the decision to let both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu depart after 2015 remains puzzling, in retrospect), but the upside is, Green will continue to be Andy Dalton’s best friend. Two outside factors that could help Green get back to All-Pro status: 1) Tight end Tyler Eifert returns after another season lost to injury. Then there’s wide receiver John Ross, last year’s first-round pick, who will try to wipe away all traces of a nightmarish rookie season. No matter what happens, Green will continue to be the centerpiece.

What do you think of this pick? Do you agree? Leave a comment if you disagree with what player you think will be the Bengals 2018 MVP.

Bengals Veteran TE Tyler Eifert Limited at OTA’s with Ongoing Back Issues

Veteran Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was “limited” at OTAs last week according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Eifert was reportedly moving at “half speed” and didn’t participate in 11-on-11 drills. Back surgery limited Eifert to just two games last year, though the tight end plans to be a full go for training camp. “I’m on schedule,” he said. “I don’t want to go out there and have any setbacks or anything, so just methodically moving forward.”

Originally the No.21-overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Notre Dame, Eifert has always been a major redzone target for Bengals QB Andy Dalton but he just cannot stay healthy. Now 27, Eifert has never played a full 16-game schedule in his five-year NFL career and his medical history looks like that of a player a decade older.

Despite his problems getting an staying on the field, the Bengals signed Eifert to a one-year deal for up to $8 million in March in hopes that he can return to form that had him leading all tight ends with 13 touchdowns in 15 games in 2015. If 2018 proves to be another lost season for the talented tight end, he may have to hang up his cleats for good.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap a No-Show as OTA’s Start for Cincinnati

The Bengals started OTA’s without one of their stars, as defensive end Carlos Dunlap was a no-show.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called it “not a big deal,” Dunlap will miss out on a $300K workout bonus. Dunlap, a two-time Pro-Bowler, is entering the final year of his contract and is apparently angling for an extension.

Lewis said he has talked to Dunlap, and when asked what the reasons were for his absence, Lewis laughed. “He’s busy. Working out.”

Dunlap joins a list of high profile players who are missing the start of Organized Team Activities, which includes New England quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell and Jacksonville cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

Dunlap, 29, is in a contract year after he signed a six-year, $40.6 million extension in 2013. He is due to make $7 million this season. The average annual value of his extension over the last five years was about $7.9 million, which would put him 18th in annual value this season the NFL for defensive ends, per the salary tracking website www.spotrac.com.

Bengals Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Bengals, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

I could argue that I ranked another center higher than Billy Price where the Bengals took him at No. 21, but what I can’t argue is that they had to get a starting center in this draft. And my evaluations of Price and Iowa’s James Daniels were close, so this isn’t a reach. Cincinnati had one of the league’s worst offensive lines in 2017. It has already addressed left tackle with the addition of Cordy Glenn, and I thought the Bengals might try to add some more tackle competition for the right side. But Price is a good player who I thought would drop to Round 2 because of a torn pectoral muscle at the combine. Clearly Marvin Lewis & Co. think he can be a plug-and-play center, and they need it after Russell Bodine left this offseason.

After the first round, the Bengals did a good job not reaching and taking the best players available. Jessie Bates III (pick 54) is a good player with upside. I have compared Sam Hubbard (77) to Rob Ninkovich as a Swiss Army knife-type player with versatility. He wasn’t as productive last season as I thought he might be. Malik Jefferson (78) is a true 4-3 outside linebacker who was inconsistent for the Longhorns. I heard from a few guys in the league before the 2017 season that he was a potential first-round pick, but I didn’t see that on tape. Running back Mark Walton (112) had a disappointing 4.60 40 time, and an ankle injury hurt him last season. I wrote about cornerback Darius Phillips (170) during the season, and thought he was a potential playmaker who could play in the slot. He had three pick-sixes in 2016. I compared quarterback Logan Woodside (249) to Case Keenum, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make this roster.

Overall, this Cincinnati class lacks star power, but it’s solid.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/21 Billy Price C OHIO STATE
2/54 Jessie Bates III S WAKE FOREST
3/77 Sam Hubbard DE OHIO STATE
3/78 Malik Jefferson OLB TEXAS
4/112 Mark Walton RB MIAMI
5/151 Davontae Harris CB ILLINOIS STATE
5/158 Andrew Brown DE VIRGINIA
5/170 Darius Phillips CB WESTERN MICHIGAN
7/249 Logan Woodside QB TOLEDO
7/252 Rod Taylor G OLE MISS
7/253 Auden Tate WR FLORIDA STATE

Vontaze Burfict’s Four-Game Suspension Official by the NFL

Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict has officially been suspended four games for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Burfict had appealed the suspension but it was denied.

Bengals to Visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Reid

Free agent safety Eric Reid, one several quality starters available at the position, is slated to visit the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This is believed to be the first free agent visit for the former 49ers first-round pick.