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Schedule Preview: Bengals turn to QB Joe Burrow

With the 2020 schedule now released, will be taking a look at the offseason moves made by each of the team's 13 opponents.

Next up are the Cincinnati Bengals, who received the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after finishing with the league's worst record.

Matchup: Week 12 - Sunday, November 29, 1:00 PM at Paul Brown Stadium

2019 record: 2-14

Head Coach: Zac Taylor (second season with Cincinnati)

Free Agency


WR A.J. Green (franchise tag), CB Tony Brown (signed to 1-year deal), TE Cethan Carter (signed to 1-year deal), CB Greg Maybin (signed to 1-year deal), CB Torry McTyer (signed to 1-year deal), G Alex Redmon (signed to 1-year deal), DT Josh Tupou (signed to 1-year deal), S Brandon Wilson (signed to 1-year deal).

New Additions:

CB Trae Waynes – Waynes joins the Bengals after five seasons in Minnesota. The veteran corner has played in at least 14 games every season of his NFL career and has started at least 14 games in each of the last three years. Waynes has racked up seven interceptions since 2016 with 38 passes defended. In 14 games last year, he registered 58 tackles (56 solo), four tackles for loss, one interception, eight passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

DT D.J. Reader – Reader has stayed mostly healthy during his time in the NFL, missing just three games total across his first four seasons with the Texans. The former fifth-round pick recorded several career-highs in 2019, finishing the year with 2.5 sacks, 52 tackles (28 solo), six tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits in 15 games.

CB Mackensie Alexander – Alexander spent his first four seasons mostly as a backup for the Vikings, starting just 10 of 55 career games. All 10 starts have come over the last two years, with Alexander registering a total of one interception, 15 passes defended, 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits during that time.

S Vonn Bell – Bell enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign. In 13 starts, the safety had 89 tackles (66 solo), 1.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, one interception, five passes defended, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one touchdown. Bell forced seven fumbles across his first four seasons, all with the Saints, in addition to recovering seven fumbles. He has started 45 of 61 games in his career.

G Xavier Su'a-Filo – After spending the first four seasons with the Texans, Su'a-Filo has played the last two years for the Cowboys. The veteran started 31 of 32 games at left guard in his final two seasons in Houston, but played in 19 games with just 12 starts during his time in Dallas.

LB Josh Bynes – Bynes joins his fourth team as he enters his 10th season. In 12 games (seven starts) with the Ravens last year, his second stint in Baltimore, Bynes recorded 46 tackles (23 solo), 1.0 sack, six tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, two interceptions and four passes defended. The veteran linebacker was a member of Baltimore's Super Bowl XLVII-winning team.

Free Agent Departures:

QB Andy Dalton (signed 1-year deal with Cowboys), TE Tyler Eifert (signed 2-year deal with Jaguars), DT Andrew Billings (signed 1-year deal with Browns), G John Miller (signed 1-year deal with Panthers), S Clayton Fejedelem (signed 3-year deal with Dolphins), WR Marqise Lee (signed 1-year deal with Patriots), LB Nick Vigil (signed 1-year deal with Chargers), OT Cordy Glenn, CB Darqueze Dennard, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, CB B.W. Webb, DE Kerry Wynn, G John Jerry.

View photos of the additions made by the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.

2020 Draft Class

(Round 1, Pick 1) QB Joe Burrow, LSU – Burrow put together the greatest season for a college quarterback in history last year. The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner completed 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and six interceptions while adding 368 rushing yards and an additional five scores. Burrow was a Unanimous All-American and took home the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Lombardi Award and the AP College Football Player of the Year award. Burrow also led LSU to a CFP National Championship.

(Round 2, Pick 33) WR Tee Higgins, Clemson – Higgins enjoyed two consecutive strong campaigns for the Clemson Tigers. In 15 games in 2018, he caught 59 passes for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning a selection as Second-Team All-ACC and helping Clemson take home the CFP National Championship. Higgins also played 15 games last season, finishing with 59 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named First-Team All-ACC.

(Round 3, Pick 65) LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming – Wilson had an impressive career at Wyoming. After redshirting his freshman year, the linebacker recorded 94 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four passes defended, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and a touchdown in 2016 on his way to taking home the MWC Freshman of the Year award. Wilson was named Second-Team All-Mountain West the following season after finishing with 111 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. In 13 games last season, he had 105 tackles (62 solo), 1.0 sack, 8.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, four interceptions and seven passes defended, earning him First-Team All-Mountain West honors.

(Round 4, Pick 107) LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State – Davis-Gaither began his career at Appalachian State in 2015, but landed on NFL radars following his 2018 performance. In 12 games that season, the linebacker recorded 96 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, seven passes defended and one forced fumble and was named Second-Team All-Sun Belt. Davis-Gaither saved his best for his final collegiate season, finishing with 101 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, one interception and eight passes defended last year. He was named First-Team All-Sun Belt and took home the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year award.

(Round 5, Pick 147) DE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame – Kareem played in 13 games in each of his final two seasons at Notre Dame. As a junior, the defensive end had 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and five passes defended. He followed that up by recording 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a touchdown last season.

(Round 6, Pick 180) OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas – Adeniji became a starter immediately as a freshman and showed tremendous durability throughout his collegiate career. The offensive tackle started all 48 games across four years and did not miss a single game due to injury. He earned Second-Team All-Big 12 honors as a junior before being named First-Team All-Big 12 as a senior last year.

(Round 7, Pick 215) LB Markus Bailey, Purdue – Bailey redshirted after tearing his ACL early in his freshman season. He went on to play at least 12 games in each of the next three seasons, racking up a total of 13.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during that time while recording at least 89 tackles and two passes defended in each season. Bailey suffered a season-ending knee injury two games into his redshirt senior year.


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