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Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Bengals Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Bengals player on the list was defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who comes in with a mark of 91.

Wide out A.J. Green has a ranking of 90, while Joe Mixon and Tyler Eifert each have a ranking of 88.

Check out all the Bengals Rankings by clicking HERE.

Bengals OC Callahan Feels TE Eifert Making Progress Form Injury

Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan says tight end Tyler Eifert is “trending in the right direction” according to Richard Skinner of WKRC in Cincinnati.

Eifert has been rehabbing an ankle injury and sat out minicamp but did get some work in OTAs. The former first-round pick out of Notre Dame is one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL but has never been able to stay healthy, making only 14 appearances over the past three seasons. Nevertheless, the Bengals signed him to a one-year “prove-it” deal in March worth $4 million.

The Bengals just can’t seem to quit on the 29-year-old Eifert but did draft tight end Drew Sample in the second round this spring and new head coach Zac Taylor comes from the Sean McVay school of offense that features heavy use of two tight ends on the field. Eifert is expected to be used as the “F” TE, which would allow him to focus on play-making. Counting on him to stay healthy at this juncture, however, is a risky bet.

Bengals First-Round Pick OT Jonah Williams Likely Done for 2019

The Bengals have likely lost first-round pick Jonah Williams for the entire 2019 season.

The team announced Tuesday that the rookie offensive tackle had left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

“Williams likely will miss the 2019 season, but is expected to make a full recovery,” the Bengals said.

Williams joined the Bengals as the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Alabama product was expected to begin the season as the Bengals’ starting left tackle, before picking up the shoulder injury during OTAs.

He sat out during minicamp due to the injury.

“We look forward to Jonah being a major contributor in the future, and know that he won’t let this injury deter him from still being an important part of this team,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said.

“We’re confident in our offensive line personnel as we head into training camp, and we believe they can do their part in helping this team achieve its goals.”

Bengals Add Veteran Free Agent Guard John Jerry

The Bengals added experience on the offensive line with roster moves made on Monday, Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The team signed free agent John Jerry, a ninth-year guard and former third-round pick that has appeared in 121 career games for the Dolphins and Giants. Jerry did not play for a team last season.

The Bengals waived Rod Taylor, the 2018 seventh-round draft pick that spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in training camp.

The moves add to an offseason full of movement at offensive guard. The Bengals signed free agent John Miller to compete for the starting right guard spot and have worked former starting tackle Cordy Glenn at left guard while former starter Clint Boling has not participated in team drills during OTAs.

Bengals Fourth-Round Pick QB Ryan Finley Looking Bad in Early Practices

Fourth-round rookie quarterback Ryan Finley “looks bad” at Bengals practices according to Paul Dehner of The Athletic.

“There’s just no way around it,” Dehner writes. “It’s still early, but not so early that we can’t begin to wonder what the hell is going on.” Finley was thought to be a reach when the Bengals made him the No.104-overall pick out of North Carolina State last month and he has thus far done nothing to change that perception.

Given his draft pedigree, he is probably a safe bet to make the final 53-man roster barring a preseason meltdown but he might not pass mediocre backup Jeff Driskell on the depth chart.

Former Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis Has a New Job

Arizona State University head football coach Herm Edwards today announced that former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, will join the Sun Devil football staff as special advisor to Sun Devil Football.

“Marvin Lewis is one of the most respected minds in our game,” said Edwards. “Whether as the winningest coach in the franchise history of the Cincinnati Bengals, or the architect of one the greatest defenses in NFL history, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, Marvin has succeeded everywhere he has been and he has done it the right way. His passion for teaching will be an incredible benefit not only for our coaches, but also for the young men we are responsible for as students and athletes.”

“I’ve known Herman for almost 30 years and the opportunity to come and assist him and his coaches win football games is very exciting and appealing,” said Lewis “Arizona State and Tempe have always been special to me. When I was a young coach I came to visit (ASU defensive coaches) Willie Shaw and Bob Padilla back in 1983. Dirk Koetter, who is one of my closest friends, was the head coach there, Ray Anderson, who I’ve known for more than 20 years, used to represent me, and my daughter (Whitney) went to school there.

“I envision just being another set of eyes, another set of ears, and doing anything I can to help the coaches. I was really impressed with the staff and what they accomplished after they hit the ground running last season. ASU is a great university and is known for having an outstanding athletic program that has always been able to attract top athletes from around the country and I look forward to doing all I can to help the program.”

Lewis was fired as the head coach of the Bengals after 16 seasons following the 2018 season. He led the Bengals to the playoffs eight times, losing the first game each time they got to the postseason.

Former Bengals Cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Announces Retirement

Former Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 seasons according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

Jones announced the news himself in an Instagram video on Friday. The No.6-overall pick in the 2005 draft out of West Virginia by the Tennessee Titans, Jones immediately made an impact in the league as both a shutdown corner and a returner but numerous off-field incidents threatened to permanently derail his career at several junctures.

In one of the most shocking, Jones was involved in a fight at a Las Vegas strip club that was followed by someone in Jones’ entourage returning to the club and opening fire. Three people were injured and Jones was charged with felonies before pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.

Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the off-field troubles and returned with the Cowboys in 2008. He served another suspension during the season, didn’t play at all in 2009 and then joined the Bengals for the 2010 season.

Jones finally seemed to turn a corner in Cincinnati under coach Marvin Lewis, where he played eight years, even being named first-team All-Pro in 2014. But he has struggled with injuries the past few seasons and has not played a full 16-games season since 2016.

The 35-year-old has been out of the league since being cut by the Denver Broncos in November. Jones ends his career with 17 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries, and five punt-return touchdowns.

Bengals Wide Out Tyler Boyd Looking for $10 Mil a Season

As Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd enters his walk-year in 2019, he is reportedly looking for at least $10 million per year on his next contract according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.

Despite missing two games, Boyd broke out with 76 catches for 1,028 yards, and seven touchdowns last season. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, he hopes to parlay that production into a long-term extension in the same range as fellow 2016 second-rounder Sterling Shepard.

“He got four for $40 million,” Boyd said. “Hopefully, they come like that or a little bit more or around that way. I feel like my ability is worth that much.”

Unlike many other players in the league seeking new contract, Boyd has been a full participant in OTAs and says he will not be a “me-guy” during the negotiations.

Originally a second-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, the 24-year-old Boyd could be a key piece in Cincinnati for years to come if the Bengals are willing to pay the going rate for wideouts.

Mike Brown’s franchise has the reputation of being notoriously frugal but Brown has shown more of a willingness to pay his own homegrown players than import pricey free agents. With A.J. Green also entering the final year of his deal, the future of the Bengals’ receiver corps is in flux.