Bengals beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner, Jr. analyze top players, sleepers, Bengals history, fits and what other experts say. So much explaining is due from the coaching staff after this one. Mixon’s numbers weren’t spectacular, but he suffered due to sub-par blocking up front like the rest of the offense. The team must address this issue to get the most out of Mixon, who has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber back. It is not out of the question for the Bengals to look to acquire another running back through the draft or free agency, but it is doubtful they would invest too much to get a player at this position with what they currently have. Other players are confused by the changes as well. Doc Emrick announced his retirement from calling hockey games in the NHL. The Bengals had great depth at running back heading into the 2018 NFL draft, but that didn’t stop them from taking Miami’s Mark Walton in the fourth round. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga), Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. He’s a self-made, former walk-on. This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It's OK to disagree with someone's ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. 16 Cody Core; 12 Alex Erickson; 11 Hunter Sharp; 80 Josh Malone; 15 John Ross; 19 Auden Tate; Tight ends. Please be polite. Joe Mixon points to the camera pregame before the Bengals host the Cleveland Browns. The top of the Bengals’ running back depth chart is all but set with Joe Mixon entering his sophomore season. Brian Hill joined the team midway through the 2017 season and almost immediately began to see reps on special teams. Learn how your comment data is processed. Download our app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android users. Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard runs a drill during practice before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. All rights reserved. Nine out of 12. He was lost a bit for UC during his career and injuries played a role. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). This would be very bold, though, considering the needs at other areas and projected third- or fourth-round slot for Hines. Mixon can do it all, but there’s no reason to make him do it alone with Bernard waiting behind him. Deep stats, player information, and game logs. We once again have […], Who are the top NHL prospects within the Metropolitan Division? Mixon was the Bengals’ favored back in 2017 after Bill Lazor’s promotion to offensive coordinator, despite Jeremy Hill (now with the Patriots) being the listed starter until Week 9. Walton is a roster lock too, but it’s unclear exactly what his role will be—particularly on offense. He is usually a part of a split backfield is it is different for him to not get his touches in a season.  He’s a back in the same mold as Bernard: smaller, explosive, a plus pass-catcher with some between-the-tackles ability. He could return kicks. By Anthony Cosenza @CJAnthonyCUI Aug 30, 2018… If he stays healthy, his rushing and receiving totals could very well come close to doubling. The post Laine […], The KHL has determined the best players for the seventh week of the KHL season. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. Houston would retake the lead with Schaub's 38-yard touchdown pass to running back Steve Slaton , yet Cincinnati would get the halftime lead with quarterback Carson Palmer 's 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laveranues Coles and kicker Shayne Graham 's 50-yard field goal. Looking at where the Bengals will go at the running back position this year and realistic options on the table. Even so, Mixon will be used in a couple of different ways, while Bernard will also likely remain a multi-faceted outlet for Andy Dalton. Mark Walton rushes for a first down against the Miami Dolphins. The Bengals averaged 3.6 yards per carry on the season, ranking 29th in the league in that category. That isn’t to point to ineffectiveness or unavailability of other backs, but rather in Walton’s promise and upside. And Bernard will be 28 when his contract runs out in two seasons, so planting the seed of a potential torch passing would make sense, even if a year early on considering that. Walton and fellow second-year player Quinton Flowers have potential to fill this role, but have not demonstrated anything to prove that they can. Cincinnati Bengals updated team depth chart page. He managed to work his way onto the field on offense and showed potential as a part-time power back. Who ranks in the top of the elusive rating this year? (Photo: Ivan Pierre Aguirre, Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports). Carlos Dunlap explains frustration with role during Instagram live session, "I want to put an emphasis on being mentally aware and challenge yourself to do better in all aspects of your life, not just football. 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Despite missing two games with injury, Mixon led the AFC in rushing, making him one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs of the year. Would fit into the role of Bernard (5-9, 206). Giovani Bernard filled the archaic role of the third down back; taking the majority of third-and-long and 2-minute drill reps. He brings elite special teams skills thanks to his 4.38 speed and track star background. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. Other players are confused by the changes as well. Uzomah has shown some flashes, and the Bengals also have 2017 late round pick, Mason Schreck, to compete for the role as well, but the team would be wise to look elsewhere for Eifert's replacement. ... 2018-19. Alvin Kamara (3rd in elusive rating) and Kareem Hunt (7th) in particular, duked it out for offensive rookie of the year, while Dalvin Cook (2nd) looked great before tearing his ACL. Bernard's average was a respectable 4.4, but although he showed flashes of brilliance, Mixon averaged a mere 3.5 yards per carry. After losing their two best offensive linemen to free agency, the Bengals could not establish a running game all season. We are going to combine him with Gio, and we really feel good about that position group.”, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs running back Boston Scott (6) runs the ball against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the first quarter in the 2017 Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. Green may be poised for his best season yet, The Bengals’ quarterback unit has plenty to prove this season, Baker Mayfield iffy for Week 7 vs. Bengals, Jessie Bates is the embodiment of a defensive MVP. When both Mixon and Bernard were dealing with injuries, rookie running back Mark Walton saw limited time and was generally underwhelming. 2018 Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft: News, reports, mock drafts and everything to know, Cincinnati Bengals 2016 Mock Draft Database and Tracker, NFL Week 14 injury report: 8 starters miss Bengals’ Thursday practice. Do running backs really matter? With the right breaks, this group could be special in 2018 and have staying power through the years beyond. The Bearcats took a 22-21 win on senior day after the Huskies missed an extra point attempt with no time left on the clock. What kind of depth piece are the Bengals looking for? Joe Mixon will get the lion’s share of the carries in 2018, but Giovani Bernard will get also receive a good amount of touches as well. 65 Clint Boling G; 77 Cordy Glenn T; 68 … 2018 Cincinnati Bengals final roster; Quarterbacks 6 Jeff Driskel 5 Tom Savage; Running backs. 12. C.J. 48 overall. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and running back Mark Walton (32) practice before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. Flowers is a guy who could kill two birds with one roster stone, but he’ll need to show a lot of upside during the month of August. With Jeremy Hill no longer in the picture and a favorable schedule for the Bengals in 2018, the path should be cleared for a major fantasy season for Joe Mixon. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Considering they now have Mixon and Bernard together for at least the next two seasons, the back portion of the draft looks wide open to fill in depth. Cincinnati Bengals' Giovani Bernard (25) runs for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Cincy Jungle, a Cincinnati Bengals community, By Matt Minich A poor showing from Taylor and his staff derailed a 21-0 lead for the Bengals. Check out the team's arrival to Lucas Oil Stadium as Cincinnati faces the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. Walton is too talented to keep off the field – the question is when he’ll see it. View practice photos as the Bengals prepare for a Week 6 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. ", Bengals sign Margus Hunt and waive Andrew Brown, Zac Taylor can’t talk his way out of losing forever. (AP Photo/Gary Landers), Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) runs against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

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