Cincinnati Bengals

May 17, 2017
            The Bengals today signed WR Josh Malone of the University of Tennessee, a fourth-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft (128th overall), to a four-year contract. He is the eighth of the Bengals’ 11 draft picks to sign.

            Malone (6-3, 208) totaled 104 receptions for 1608 yards and 14 TDs in three seasons with the Volunteers. In 2016, he caught 50 catches for 972 yards (10th most in school history) and 11 TDs (third most in school history), and his 19.4 yards per reception set a new UT single-season record (minimum 50 catches). Malone was the second of three Bengals fourth-round draft picks.

            Three Bengals draftees still are unsigned: HB Joe Mixon (second round; Oklahoma), DE Jordan Willis (third round; Kansas State) and C/G J.J. Dielman (fifth round; Utah).

Mau 15, 2017
            The Bengals today signed five 2017 draft picks:

            --DT Ryan Glasgow (fourth round; Michigan) ... The third of three Bengals fourth-round picks, Glasgow was a three-year letterman who played in 45 career games for the Wolverines, with 33 starts. His career totals include 91 tackles, 18.5 tackles for losses, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named an All-Big Ten second team player by coaches and media in 2016, after earning All-Big Ten honorable mention in ’15.

            --K Jake Elliott (fifth round; Memphis) ... The first of two Bengals fifth-round picks, Elliott finished a decorated collegiate career with 445 points (81 FGs and 202 PATs), a school record and top-10 all-time in FBS history among kickers. He also holds school records in PATs made (202), PATs attempted (202), FGs made (81), FGs attempted (104) and career FG percentage (77.9; 81 of 104).
            --LB Jordan Evans (sixth round; Oklahoma) ... The second of two Bengals fifth-round picks, Evans led the Sooners in tackles last season with 98, including 2.5 sacks, and he also recorded four interceptions. He finished his four-year career at Oklahoma tied for second in school history among linebackers in pass break-ups (16). He was named an All-Big 12 first-team player by both Associated Press and league coaches in 2016, and he was named All-Big 12 Second Team by league coaches in ’15.

            --S Brandon Wilson (sixth round, Houston) ... The first of two Bengals sixth-round picks, Wilson finished his Cougars career with 139 tackles, two INTs, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In addition to playing defense, Wilson also saw action at running back and as a return specialist. He totaled eight TDs in six different ways throughout his Houston career (two rushing, two kick returns, a fumble return, an INT return, a blocked FG return and a missed FG return).

            --TE Mason Schreck (seven round; Buffalo) ... Schreck finished his collegiate career with with 108 receptions for 1120 yards and six TDs. The majority of those statistics were recorded in his senior season, when he had 59 catches for 651 yards and four TDs en route to earning All-MAC Second Team honors as voted by conference coaches. As a senior, he had 10 more catches than his first three seasons combined, and his 651 receiving yards were the most ever by a tight end in school history.

            These five players each signed four-year deals, and they are among seven Bengals draft choices already to sign. Previously signed were first-round selection John Ross (WR from Oklahoma) and fourth-round selection Carl Lawson (LB from Auburn).

            Four draftees still are unsigned: HB Joe Mixon (second round; Oklahoma), DE Jordan Willis (third round; Kansas State), WR Josh Malone (fourth round; Tennessee) and C/G J.J. Dielman (fifth round; Utah).

May 7, 2017

            The Bengals today signed WR John Ross of the University of Washington, their first-round selection (ninth overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft, and LB Carl Lawson of Auburn University, a fourth-round selection (116th overall). They are the first two of the Bengals’ 11 draft picks to sign. Both contracts are for four years, with Ross’ contract including a team option to extend it by one year.

            Ross (5-11, 188) is considered by coaches to be an remarkably fast and dynamic addition to the Bengals’ offense. He clocked an exceptional 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, considered to be a combine record. At Washington in 2016, Ross recorded 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. The reception total was the third-most in Huskies history, the reception yardage was the fourth-most, and the TD total was one shy of the school record. He was named a Second-Team All-American by Associated Press, and he was an All Pac-12 First-Team player.

            “It’s great for John that this part of it is out of the way,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “This gives him the opportunity to focus on finishing school and then football, and I think that’s important.”

            Lawson (6-2, 261) was the first of three Bengals fourth-round draft choices. He adds a versatile skill set to the Bengals’ defense, both as a linebacker and a pass-rushing specialist. He played in 33 games with 20 starts at Auburn, totaling 14 career sacks and 24 tackles for losses. In 2016 alone, Lawson had nine sacks, just a half sack shy of the Tigers’ single-season all-time top-10 list, and 12.5 tackles for losses, 10th most in a single season in school history. He was voted by SEC coaches as an All-SEC First-Team player, and he was named All-SEC Second Team by Associated Press.

            The 2017 Bengals draft choices still unsigned are HB Joe Mixon (second round; Oklahoma), DE Jordan Willis (third round; Kansas State), WR Josh Malone (fourth round; Tennessee), DT Ryan Glasgow (fourth round; Michigan), K Jake Elliott (fifth round; Memphis), C/G J.J. Dielman (fifth round; Utah), LB Jordan Evans (sixth round; Oklahoma), S Brandon Wilson (sixth round, Houston) and TE Mason Schreck (seven round; Buffalo).
May 4m 2017
            The Bengals today signed 13 college free agents. The list includes one local prospect, WR Monty Madaris (Michigan State), a Cincinnati native who attended Moeller High School.

            The CFAs are participating in this weekend’s rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. The minicamp runs through Sunday.
            The complete list of today’s signings:
--Brandon Bell, LB, 6-1, 229; Penn State; Mays Landing, N.J.
--Cethan Carter, TE/FB, 6-3, 241; Nebraska; New Orleans, La.
--Demetrious Cox, S, 6-0, 200; Michigan State; Jeannette, Pa.
--Karel Hamilton, WR, 6-1, 199; Samford; Valrico, Fla.
--Darrin Laufasa, FB, 6-1, 235; Texas-El Paso; Seattle, Wash.
--Landon Lechler, OT, 6-7, 317; North Dakota State; Beach, N.D.
--Monty Madaris, WR, 6-0, 196; Michigan State; Cincinnati, Ohio
--Hardy Nickerson, LB, 6-0, 232; Illinois; Oakland, Calif.
--Kent Perkins, G/OT, 6-5, 320; Texas; Dallas, Texas
--Dustin Stanton, G/OT, 6-6, 298; Oregon State; Marysville, Wash.
--Josh Tupou, DT, 6-3, 350; Colorado; Long Beach, Calif.
--Jarveon Williams, HB, 5-9, 202; Texas-San Antonio; Converse, Texas
--Stanley Williams, HB, 5-8, 190; Kentucky; Monroe, Ga.

April 2,2017


            The Bengals today exercised a team option to extend by one year the contract of CB Darqueze Dennard. The 2014 first-round draft choice is now signed through 2018.
            Dennard, now a fourth-year player, has played in 40 games with four starts, including postseason. He played in 15 games with three starts last season and had 41 tackles on defense, as well as six tackles on special teams.
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