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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.

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.