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Reports say Bengals sign CB Newman

 

Reports are surfacing that the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys CB Terence Newman.

Dallas recently cut Newman, is another former first-round pick signed by the Bengals during this off-season.

Terence Newman as a Cowboy (2009 photo by Bigcats lair via wikipedia commons)

In his nine seasons with Dallas, Newman started 131 games and recorded 112 passes defensed and 32 interceptions.

Last season, Newman started all 14 games he played and had four picks, including a 43-yard interception-return touchdown.

Newman will be re-united with Mike Zimmer, the Bengals defensive coordinator, who was his coach in Dallas.

Newman will probably be a back-up player and gives the Bengals’ defensive backfield depth with Leon Hall recovering from an Achilles injury.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV news

Bengals keep Nelson, sign free agent CB Jason Allen

 

Reggie Nelson (Bengals media guide photo)

Jason Allen (Texans media guide photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals have strengthened their defensive backfield by signing free agent cornerback Jason Allen from the Houston Texans.

The team has also re-signed safety Reggie Nelson, who was one of their unrestricted free agents.

Allen was signed just in case their top cornerback Leon Hall isn’t ready for preseason camp. Hall is recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon.

Allen played in all 18 games for Houston and also in their playoff game against the Bengals back in January. He intercepted four passes last season. Allen was the Miami Dolphins first-round pick in 2006 and joined the Texans in 2011.

Nelson is one of Cincinnati’s playmakers on defense. Last season, he led the team with four interceptions.

2012 will be his third season with the Bengals.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, NFL, Radio & TV news

Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

Hall lost for rest of Bengals season; Green hurts knee

 

Leon Hall (Bengals media guide photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals proved on Sunday to the NFL and media that they could play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In doing so, they lost two key members of their turnaround season.

They not only lost the game, 24-21, but have lost their top cornerback in Leon Hall for the season. Hall suffered a torn Achilles in the game.

Wide receiver A.J. Green hurt his knee on a touchdown catch early in the game. It was diagnosed as a hyperextended knee.

Green says he should be ready to go this week as the Bengals travel to Baltimore in a battle of 6-3 teams in the AFC North.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh escapes hungry Bengals, 24-17

 

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers

Bengals hung tough Sunday against the veteran Steelers

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 24-17 to take control of the AFC North on Sunday afternoon. But the defending AFC champions had to fight hard to earn the win.

All week leading up to the game between the Steelers and Bengals, the national media kept saying that rookie QB Andy Dalton would not be able to do much against Dick LeBeau’s blitzing defense.

The poised rookie from TCU had no problems at all. He handled everything thrown his way. He had no sacks, completed 15 of 30 passes with 2 touchdowns. He did suffer two fourth quarter interceptions during the Bengals comeback attempt, but they were rookie mistakes that he’ll learn from.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked his opinion of Dalton. “He’s a good player. He spins the ball really well, especially with the wind. He was spinning it really well. He seems very cerebral. He knows what’s going on out there. I think that he is playing the best of all the rookie quarterbacks. The other guys have numbers, but he makes some great throws. We were on the sideline, Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch and I and we were saying ‘Oh, that’s a good throw.’ He makes good throws, he anticipates and I think he’s playing really well. I told him, ‘We’ll see you in a couple weeks, but you’re playing lights out.”

Roethlisberger was sacked five times by the Bengals defense, but completed 21 of 33 for 245 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The interception was not his fault. Tight end Heath Miller bobbled a potential first down ball that Bengals cornerback Leon Hall picked off.

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