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Bengals and WR Tyler Boyd Agree to Four-Year Deal Worth $42 Million

The offseason of working for an extension for wide out Tyler Boyd has paid off, as Adam Schefter tweeted out that the Bengals and Boyd have agreed on a new deal.

Boyd is coming off a great season, as the 24-year-old caught 76 passes for 1028 yards and seven scores.

Now with Boyd aboard, the team has to continue to look ahead if they are going to extend their top receiver, A.J. Green, and if Green wants to stay with the Bengals with a new deal.

Video: A New Dey: A Look Into the 2019 Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have a new coach and a new direction as they enter the 2019 season.

Three Questions About the Bengals as Training Camp Gets Closer

A 4-1 start for the Bengals in 2018 had many fans thinking it was finally the season that the team was ready to make a serious run at the AFC North title.

Instead the team’s week six loss at home to the Steelers started a tailspin that saw the team lose all but two more games the rest of the season.

2019 the team will look a lot different as for the first time in 16 seasons Marvin Lewis will not be the team’s head coach.

Today we take a look at three questions about this team as camp closes in.

1. Can Taylor Change the Bengals Culture?

Things were rolling along in a big way for the Bengals when it seemed their season took a dive when Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger beat the blitz to score in the final seconds to again crush the Bengals dreams.

From there they went south in a hurry, and it was a startling display of once again the team not having the proper leadership to get the job done.

Zac Taylor is expected to install a high-powered offense that will attack, one that should be, if nothing else, fun to watch as the season gets going.

The question is, do they have the players to get it done?

2. The End for Dalton?

In 11 games for the Bengals as starting QB last season, Andy Dalton went 5-6, throwing 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

At 31 years old Dalton will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021, but he’s also due to make a lot more money than the Bengals are prepared to pay next season, meaning this could be it as the team’s starter.

It will be interesting to see if Taylor can not only install a new look to the offense, but also get Dalton to play at an even higher level this season.

3. A Lot of Work to Do on Defense

Last season the Bengals ranked 32 in yards allowed, and 30th in points allowed, two numbers that are were painful to watch as the season went along.

With new defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo running the show, the 52-year-old will have to not only have to get last year out of the players mind, but also will have to make sure that this team is ready to go once camp gets going.

He was the Giants defensive backs coach in 2018, and prior to joining the Giants he was defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012-17.

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

– 4-Minute Offense: 00:51

– Positional Breakdown: 2:22

– Hunt’s Playbook: 9:37

– Fantasy Focus: 14:07

– Best Bets: 16:23

– Training Camp Quick Takes: 16:59

– Road to the Super Bowl: 20:52

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.