Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah Diagnosed with Ankle Sprain

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The Bengals avoided yet another worst-case scenario regarding a non-contact injury in training camp with tight end C.J. Uzomah.

Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer learned that the third-year tight end suffered a severely sprained left ankle during practice on Monday.

Early in camp, starting safety George Iloka went to the ground in a non-contact situation and grabbed his knee, but it was found he suffered no structural damage and is on track to return by the season opener on Sept. 10.

Uzomah, a fifth-round pick out of Auburn in 2015, played in 10 games (eight starts) last season, catching 25 passes on 38 targets for 234 yards and a touchdown.

He played in five games and had one catch as a rookie.

Bengals Safety George Iloka Suffers Non-Contact Injury in Camp

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A cart was sent onto the field Sunday after Bengals free safety George Iloka suffered a non-contact right knee injury according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Iloka reportedly “crawled” his way off the practice field and eventually walked to the cart. The 27-year-old was never formally carted off and watched the remainder of the practice from the sidelines. All indications thus far are that Iloka did not suffer a serious injury.

A fifth-round pick by the Bengals out of Boise State in 2012, Iloka has spent his entire five-year NFL career in Cincinnati. He matched his career high with three interceptions in 2016 while suiting up for all 16 games.

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Adam Jones Speaks Out in Support of the Bengals and Owner Mike Brown

An emotional Adam Jones said his motivation is “through the roof” because of the support of Bengals owner Mike Brown, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

The Bengals cornerback had tears in his eyes as he spoke to reporters about Brown, who publicly stood behind Jones after his January arrest.

“When you have a guy upstairs that stands up for you, that sticks up for the players — I haven’t been around a guy like that in my lifetime, speaking of Mr. Brown,” Jones said. “So I’m very eager to be the best and make sure our group is the best. As you can see, it’s a little touching for me.”

He later added: “The respect and the love that I have for Mr. Brown is undeniable. Words can’t express the gratitude of how I feel about him. … Words can’t explain. I can’t explain … that I have somebody that understands me as a person and that’s not quick to judge.”

USA Today Doesn’t Give the Bengals Much Hope for a Successful 2017

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Training camps around the NFL are set to open, and with it publications are already making their picks for the upcoming season, and that includes USA Today.

The newspaper online today put out their picks, and have the Bengals winning just five games in 2017, this coming off an offseason in which the team didn’t make the postseason and struggled in 2016.

Here’s what USA Today had to say about the Bengals:

Cincinnati Bengals (5-11): The offensive line’s outlook is troubling, to say the least, especially with three consecutive road games against stout defensive teams (Jacksonville, Tennesee, Denver) in November. And will Marvin Lewis’ lame duck status only ratchet up the pressure on a team that tends to underachieve when it counts most?

The paper picks the Steelers (to no ones shock) to win the AFC North going 12-4.

Bengals Moving Andre Smith to Guard

Andre Smith hasn’t played guard since he was in 9th grade but is preparing to play guard again. He’s the likely replacement in the Bengals starting lineup for Kevin Zeitler who signed as a free agent with Cleveland, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

“I think Andre has a chance to be terrific at guard,” said offensive line coach Paul Alexander. “He’s getting to start from the beginning this year with the base techniques and then learn the offense as he goes. If we all of the sudden picked him up a week before the season and said, ‘Go play right guard,’ I don’t think he could do it. But going through this progression I think he’ll be fine.”

“Everything happens a lot faster at guard – that’s one thing that I’ve noticed – but it’s been a fun experience transitioning from tackle to guard,” said Smith. “Physically everything happens a little faster and mentally you have to think about a lot more than you do at tackle.”

Andre will be tested at training camp by trying to block five-time Pro Bowler Geno Atkins.

“I’m fortunate to go up against Geno every day,” said Smith. “It helps me prepare for the other really good defensive lineman in the NFL. It forces me to work on my technique and make sure that I have everything down pat.”

Smith spent his first seven NFL seasons in Cincinnati after being the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft. The Minnesota Vikings signed Andre to a one-year free agent deal in 2016, but a triceps injury ended his season after four games.

After Andrew Whitworth and Zeitler left Cincinnati as free agents this spring, the Bengals brought Smith back on a one-year, $3.25 million deal.

Report: Bengals QB Andy Dalton Making Huge Improvements in Velocity

Andy Dalton has never been known for his arm strength, but the Bengals passer reportedly has seen tangible improvements in his velocity after working with gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux at their 3DQB training facility in Los Angeles, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

“His arm is as strong as ever right now,” Dedeaux said of Dalton after a recent throwing session in Dallas, per Bengals.com. “The jump from two years ago to last year, we’ve seen a pretty big jump in his arm strength. We test for velocity, and test for distance and I think he’s even probably surprised himself sometimes. For every one mile an hour he can be pretty close to a yard.”

Hue Jackson, the current Browns coach and ex-Bengals play-caller, and current coordinator Ken Zampese openly encouraged Dalton to seek offseason help after the 2014 campaign. Remember, these workouts happen during a time when players and coaches are forbidden from gathering.

Fans witnessed a transformation in Dalton’s play beginning in 2015 — when he operated at an MVP level for half a season — and Dedeaux says the Bengals signal-caller isn’t finished improving.

“He was throwing the ball as well, if not better, than he ever has,” Dedeaux said of their time together. “Right now he’s in the prime of his career. I just wanted to see him with more variables and more randomness going on, making sure he’s staying true to form and he is, he looks great. We’re just looking for that one percent of what we’re always working on, but one percent better every time. Arm strength. Getting rid of the ball faster. Good feet. Sound mechanics. Similar themes, just taking it to the next level.”

Bengals Top Pick WR John Ross Weary of Defending Medical History

Bengals rookie John Ross is trying to fight back against the perception he’s injury prone, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

He knew his injuries. In January of 2015 he had surgery on his right lateral meniscus. In April of 2015 he had surgery for a torn ACL. Five games into last season he tore the labrum in his shoulder, played through it for nine games and underwent surgery in March after the Combine.

Yet, when people started texting about what was circulating it sounded quite different.

“People were saying I tore both my ACLs, I was playing on an MCL sprain,” Ross said during his arrival to Cincinnati after being selected No. 9 overall. “I had to go ask my doctors, I was like ‘Was this me?” I had to check my medical history. I don’t remember none of that happening.”

Eventually, Ross asked that his agent issue a statement with the specifics on the three injuries he endured during his four years at the University of Washington.

“It gets frustrating because you can play a whole season and injuries could happen several years ago,” Ross said. “I don’t feel the need to keep defending myself. Like I was telling the coaches you can get hurt doing anything, so I don’t really feel the pressure to defend myself.”