The Cincinnati Bengals will open up the regular season against the rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and it’s a great test for both teams, as they are viewed as the two favorites for the AFC North crown. After last season’s performance and armed with a very deep roster, the Bengals are expected to win the division, especially since star defenders Geno Atkins and Leon Hall should be healthy for the full season.
Tight end Tyler Eifert should be healthy for this week’s game, as ESPN NFL Nation’s Coley Harvey reports that the second-year Notre Dame product expects to play. Eifert has been dealing with a shoulder injury and sat out the preseason as a precaution. The Bengals have always stated that he’s healthy, so we should be able to see him out there. With Marvin Jones out for a few weeks, Eifert has some real pass-catching upside and should be flexed out of the slot, and we’ll all be keeping an especially close eye on him in red zone situations.
Harvey also reports that rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard doesn’t have any news on his hip injury, so he’s still questionable for his regular season debut against the rival Ravens. Per Dennard, the decision on his status is up to the Bengals trainers, so he’s very much a toss-up. The Bengals have plenty of depth at corner and don’t need to rush their rookie first-round pick, especially since Dennard could develop into a top cover corner for this team.