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  • Former Cleveland coach Hue Jackson says he was depressed after Browns fired him

    USA Today "Hue Jackson, who spent part of last season as a special assistant to then-Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, said in a lengthy interview with Sports Illustrated that he became depressed after struggling to a 3-36-1 record as head coach of the Cleveland Browns and doesn't know what would..." August 24

  • Predicting This Year's Biggest Fantasy Football Breakout Wide Receivers

    Bleacher Report "As NFL teams have become more pass-heavy, wide receivers have gained value in fantasy football. The increasingly popular "ZeroRB" draft strategy is centered around loading up on high-end receivers. However, many fantasy drafters like to spend early-round picks on..." August 23

  • Hue Jackson was ‘bothered’ by losing during coaching stint with Browns

    SI "Hue Jackson didn't have a great run with the Browns and went 3–36 in three seasons as Cleveland's head coach before he was fired in October 2018.  The failed head coach was drawn ire of many throughout the league for his struggles–including from Cleveland QB..." August 22

  • 5 Worst Contracts in the NFL Heading Into 2019

    The Big Lead "Potentially the hardest part of running an NFL team is the cap-maneuvering that it requires. There are a lot of players on an active roster and only so much money to go around. In addition, the pool of NFL players is so much greater than that of any other professional sport and the talent level..." August 22

  • Where the top NFL free agents could sign before Week 1

    Sportsnaut "NFL teams are going to have to cut their rosters down from 90 to 53 ahead of Week 1 of the regular season here soon. That would normally put current free agents on the back burner when it comes to finding new teams. However, the dynamics this summer are a bit..." August 22

  • 5 Big NFL Trades That Should Happen Because of Player-Team Disputes

    12 Up "As the 2019 NFL season inches closer, several big names remain in the rumor mill not for a decline in performance, but for holding a grudge against their respective team due to either a medical mishap or contract impasse. With the trade market as active as ever, these five big names..." August 22

  • Bill Barnwell: Realistic 2019 goals for the NFL's 10 worst teams

    ESPN "Success is relative. A handful of NFL teams would be disappointed by anything short of a Super Bowl LIV win, like the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints. The second tier of teams would set their minimum at making the playoffs. A third tier might simply want to compete for a playoff..." August 22

  • What to Make of Disappointing NFL Rookie Preseasons

    Bleacher Report "Through two weeks of preseason action, how are this year's rookies handling their first encounters with live NFL games? Some, such as New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Carolina Panthers edge-rusher Brian Burns and Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, look..." August 22

  • Bengals G Christian Westerman Returns To Team

    Pro Football Rumors "Guard Christian Westerman has returned to the Bengals after reportedly considering retirementlast week, the club announced today. Cincinnati has removed Westerman from the exempt/left squad list. The Bengals could ill-afford to lose any more offensive linemen, so..." August 22

  • Top 10 Fantasy Wide Receivers for 2019

    The Big Lead "Wide receivers are the second-most important commodity in fantasy behind running backs. Employing two (and potentially three) high-end receivers is a time-tested strategy to ensure you’re in the mix come playoff time. There’s a whole lot of talent at the position right now, so..." August 21

  • Who are the highest paid NFL players? Russell Wilson leads list

    USA Today "Fifty-six NFL players now make at least $15 million a season in average annual salary, according to overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts. The highest paid player in the league is currently Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.  He..." August 21

  • Fantasy Football 2019: 10 Sleepers Who Could Help You Win Your League

    NESN "Fantasy football drafts are not won in the early rounds. Everyone knows the top names. And not everyone is lucky enough to land Saquon Barkeley, Patrick Mahomes or Julio Jones. But, you just might be able to land the next breakout superstar in the middle rounds of your..." August 20

  • Alex Erickson is ready for a bigger WR role, if the Bengals give him a chance

    SB Nation "Maybe the best compliment I can pay Alex Erickson is that he plays like a guy who will likely be on the Patriots’ roster sometime in the next four or five years, if you get my drift. Although he didn’t have a ton of receptions last season (20 for 167 yards..." August 20

  • Cordy Glenn out with concussion, unlikely to play again in preseason

    Cincy Jungle "The Bengals were without left tackle Cordy Glenn for the second practice in a row today due to a concussion. Unlike yesterday, Glenn was seen in the locker room, but now we know why he was absent. Without Glenn, Andre Smith took his place with the starters at left..." August 19

  • John Ross expected back at practice this weekend

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals wide receiver John Ross has been out of action since injuring his hamstring in late July, but the team has set its sights on a return date. Head coach Zac Taylor said on Monday that Ross won’t play in Thursday’s game against the Giants, but that he’s expected..." August 19

  • Who's Hot After Week 2 of the NFL Preseason?

    The Big Lead "Two weeks of the preseason are in the books – time to decide who’s really worthy of making it to an NFL roster and who isn’t. 1. Jarrett Stidham – QB, New England Patriots With the chance that this could be Tom Brady’s final..." August 19

  • NFL Rumors: Playoff Expansion Considered by Players, Owners in CBA Negotiations

    Bleacher Report "The NFL and NFLPA have reportedly expressed openness to expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams in new collective bargaining agreement talks. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Monday the two sides are considering the change to offset the loss of..." August 19

  • The best fantasy football team name puns for 2019

    SB Nation "It’s fantasy football season! There are plenty of resources to research which players to draft for your team, but not many suggestions for actual team names. That’s where we come in, with 50 team names free for you to use. I’ve taken the liberty of splitting..." August 19

  • Is It Time For The Bengals To Move On From Andy Dalton?

    Bleacher Report "The Andy Dalton era of Cincinnati Bengals football ran its course and should mercifully come to an end.  Right now, the quarterback and organization are in the final stages of a bad relationship. Neither gets what they need from each other, and they tolerate one another simply..." August 18

  • Cedric Benson has passed away at 36

    The Big Lead "Former Chicago Bears running back and Texas Longhorns legend Cedric Benson has reportedly died in a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas that also claimed the life of an unnamed woman. The first official word of the accident came from Benson’s brother, Dominic, who posted the..." August 18

  • The Bears are now co-favorites to win the NFC at multiple major Las Vegas sportsbooks

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Bears have yet to win a game through two weeks of the 2019 preseason, but that's not stopping Las Vegas from boosting their chances of an NFC title ahead of the real games in September. A year after winning the NFC North with a 12-4 record and making their first..." August 18

  • Bengals Place OL Christian Westerman On Exempt/Left Squad List

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bengals’ offensive line is getting thinner. After losing 11th overall pick and projected starter at left tackle Jonah Williams for the season due to a shoulder injury, Cincinnati is losing another member of the unit. The Bengals have placed guard Christian Westerman on the..." August 17

  • 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Don't-want-to-draft list goes with big names at running back, quarterback

    CBS Sports "Here's some simple draft advice: don't draft players you don't buy into.  Simple philosophy, right? Fantasy Football is about building and maintaining a team with players you believe in. Why louse it up with players who you just don't think are going to be..." August 16

  • The best statistical game by an NFL rookie quarterback in each season since 2010

    SB Nation "Rookie quarterbacks don’t always play right away in the NFL. When they do, the results can often be a mixed bag. They quickly learn the NFL isn’t like college. Defenses are much faster, windows close quicker, and blitzes get way more creative. There are still those select..." August 16

  • The top fantasy football tight ends to draft in 2019

    Washington Post "Here are my 2019 tight end rankings, with notes on the top 20 plus 20 more listed, as of Aug. 14. It’s important to bear in mind that things can change rapidly during training camp and the preseason, particularly in the event of injuries and/or personnel moves. Thus I’ve..." August 16

  • Predicting 4 Fantasy Football Studs in 2019

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is one of the most volatile and unpredictable sports leagues in existence. An injury or surprise rise at one key position can heavily affect several others, both on a play-to-play basis and from week to week. This is why it can be difficult to predict which players will become..." August 16

  • Who will be the next quarterback to win his first Super Bowl?

    SB Nation "Many believe Dan Marino is the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl. While he still made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl wins are tied to quarterbacks more than any other position. And getting that championship is a huge boon to a quarterback’s..." August 16

  • Bengals OL Christian Westerman may retire, per report

    Cincy Jungle "The Bengals may be losing another offensive lineman to retirement before they even make it through the preseason. During the pregame radio show prior to Bengals vs. Redskins, Dave Lapham revealed that Christian Westerman is considering retirement. Westerman is out for tonight’s..." August 15

  • Fantasy Football Red Flags You Need to Avoid in 2019

    Bleacher Report "The onset of the NFL preseason walks hand in hand with the endless wave of fantasy football drafts.  As information and deep dives become more widely available, the competition only stiffens when live drafts begin. Positional breakdowns, breakouts, sleepers, busts,..." August 15

  • The bottom 10: Worst starting running backs in the NFL today

    Sportsnaut "At a time when two of the NFL’s best running backs are holding for new contracts, a growing consensus builds surrounding the devaluation of the position. It’s a trend seen across the league with running back-by-committee becoming a more common approach. When some of the..." August 15

  • Who will be the NFL’s highest-paid player in 2023?

    SB Nation "You don’t have to be an elite NFL quarterback to become the highest-paid player in league history. You just have to be pretty good — and fairly young. Over the past decade, players like Joe Flacco, Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Derek..." August 15

  • Who's More Important, the QB or the Offensive Coordinator?

    The Big Lead "Football is a team game, but everyone is quite eager to assign individual blame or praise depending on the outcome. That’s simply human nature. In the NFL, this urge to assign individual responsibility evolves into full-blown debates that rage for decades. One of those debates..." August 15

  • The biggest roster hole for every top NFL playoff contender

    ESPN "No matter how wonderfully last season might have gone for your NFL team, no matter how perfect its draft was and no matter how many helpful free agents it signed, there's still at least one glaring hole -- or at least one major question still to be answered. This is true even for..." August 15

  • NFLPA issues 'work stoppage guide' to players

    ESPN "As collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA continue to make little progress, the NFLPA has issued a "work stoppage guide" to its players to help them prepare in case of a strike or lockout following the 2020 season. Sources on both sides..." August 15

  • Bengals claim Dare Odeyingbo off waivers from Bucs

    Cincy Jungle "The Bengals today acquired DT Dare Odeyingbo on waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Odeyingbo (6-2, 282), a rookie out of Vanderbilt, originally signed with Tampa Bay as a college free agent on May 10. He played in the Buccaneers’ preseason opener last Friday and was waived..." August 14

  • 7 young quarterbacks who could threaten the NFL’s passing records one day

    SB Nation "The NFL is about to see a lot of its established stars at quarterback head off into retirement over the next few years. Longtime starters like Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and (maybe) Tom Brady are winding down their careers...." August 14

  • The bottom 10: Worst starting receivers in the NFL today

    Sportsnaut "Real talent at the wide receiver position has taken a major hit around the NFL. Some of this could have to do with college teams failing to develop pass catchers. Others believe that a pass-happy NFL has led to teams relying on more receivers. Hence, the influx of starting slot..." August 14

  • 10 players you can care about during the NFL preseason

    SB Nation "The NFL preseason doesn’t mean much if you’re an established starter. At best, it’s a chance to run through a handful of series and break up the monotony of training camp. At worst, it’s a few hours roaming the sidelines in front of a disinterested crowd while..." August 13

  • NFL Players Most Likely to Be Traded Before the Regular Season

    Bleacher Report "The first full week of the 2019 NFL preseason is in the books. That means fans are inching closer to regular-season games, while teams are still trying to sort out their final 53-man rosters. Teams have to be down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on August 31, which will be a..." August 13

  • 10 NFL players at risk of becoming busts: Cowboys' Taco Charlton in make-or-break stretch

    USA Today "Rookies aren't the only one with something to prove in NFL training camps and the preseason. While players in their first or second year often are trying to carve out their place with their respective teams in August, the time can also be critical for former top picks whose..." August 13

  • NFL, NFLPA Set To Meet Aug 19

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL and the players’ union will meet again on Monday, Aug 19 for another full bargaining session, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. In the interim, there will be staff meetings scheduled for this week to discuss some secondary issues. Unsurprisingly,..." August 12

  • The bottom 10: Worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL today

    Sportsnaut "It’s nearly impossible to win consistently without a top-tier starting quarterback on the roster, and there are plenty of NFL teams lacking that element. That’s what we’re focused on here today. Among the bottom 10 starting quarterbacks in the league, we’re..." August 12

  • 9 quarterbacks who could be free agents in the 2020 NFL offseason, sorted by likelihood

    SB Nation "The 2019 quarterback free agency class had a severe lack of star power. Even with Super BowlMVP Nick Foles and the one and only Blake Bortles, there weren’t many click-worthy quarterbacks available at the start of the new league year. Things could be different..." August 12

  • Biggest Winners From NFL Preseason Week 1

    The Big Lead "The first week of the NFL preseason is for second- and third-stringers to shine, but some teams were daring enough to start their first-teamers and give them a chance to steal the limelight. Here are the players who put on a show as the curtain raised on the NFL season. 1. Nathan..." August 12

  • Five Fantasy Football Sleepers Heading into 2019

    The Big Lead "Each year in fantasy, an unknown and/or surprising name pops up and puts up big numbers. Last year had Philip Lindsay and (to an extent) Patrick Mahomes as the guys who were not highly thought of to begin the year in regards to fantasy production, but quickly established themselves as two of..." August 09

  • Fantasy Football 2019: Must-Haves Emerging This Preseason

    Bleacher Report "The NFL preseason is now underway in earnest, which means fantasy football draft season is as well. With draft day rapidly approaching, managers should be preparing for the most important date on the fantasy calendar. There are cheatsheets to compile. Lists of sleepers to..." August 09

  • 10 most overrated players in the NFL

    Sportsnaut "It’s never fun to go negative when discussing professional football players. Sadly, that’s what we’re going to have to do here in looking at those who are overhyped heading into the 2019 NFL season. Multiple quarterbacks just aren’t as good as their stature..." August 09

  • 1 Thing We've Learned About Every NFL Team During Training Camp

    Bleacher Report "The start of the 2019 NFL regular season is less than a month away. While we still don't know exactly what to expect from each team this year, training camps have provided a glimpse into the possibilities. Open practices, injury reports and position-battle updates are..." August 09

  • NFL free agents: Who remains on open market? Nick Perry, Jay Ajayi, more

    Newark Star-Ledger "Several notable free agents remain on the open market with the preseason underway. Teams with needs at linebacker, cornerback, and running back still have some options in free agency. Players like Mason Foster, Nick Perry and Jay Ajayi are still looking for new..." August 08

  • 10 players you can care about during the NFL preseason

    SB Nation "The NFL preseason doesn’t mean much if you’re an established starter. At best, it’s a chance to run through a handful of series and break up the monotony of training camp. At worst, it’s a few hours roaming the sidelines in front of a disinterested crowd while..." August 08