PITTSBURGH (AP) — Newly acquired tight end Nick Vannett should get plenty of work for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night against Cincinnati with Vance McDonald nursing a shoulder...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Marquise Goodwin lined up in the slot on the right side of the line, took a few steps toward center as the ball was snapped, and then sprinted downfield.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Andrew Luck gazes over Cincinnati's defense Sunday, he'll see some of the league's top pass rushers.
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins often gets the interior push. Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Carl Lawson routinely bring the outside pressure.
So with Luck making his first start in more than 20 months, the Cincinnati Bengals hope to make life miserable as the Colts quarterback re-acclimates himself to regular-season life in the NFL.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-9)
New faces: LT Cordy Glenn, RT Bobby Hart, C Billy Price, LB Preston Brown, S Jessie Bates, DE Sam Hubbard.
Key losses: QB AJ McCarron, C Russell Bodine, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, RB Jeremy Hill, LB Kevin Minter.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon and Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer exchanged jerseys at midfield, two rookies still looking to make their mark in the NFL.
Professional athletes recognize perfection might be a goal, though not a realistic one.
Teammates, coaches, owners, even fans can handle losses as long as their teams are diligent and passionate.
It's when the brains stop working that things become hard to handle.
CINCINNATI (AP) — As the Bengals closed out a lopsided win over the Browns, their defensive line featured three rookies.
Third-round pick Jordan Willis and fourth-rounders Ryan Glasgow and Carl Lawson formed the front of what's been one of the NFL's stingiest defenses so far.
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals' starters looked regular-season ready, while Kirk Cousins and Washington still have some work to do.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed top draft pick John Ross and fourth-round selection Carl Lawson on Sunday at the conclusion of rookie minicamp.
Ross, a receiver from Washington, got a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth season. The Bengals hope he can quickly develop into another downfield threat to complement A.J. Green. He was the ninth overall pick.
Lawson, a linebacker from Auburn, was the first of Cincinnati's three picks in the fourth round. He also got a four-year deal.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — When Carl Lawson finished drills at Auburn's pro day, he'd wait to slap hands with the next guy in line, Montravius Adams.
The two defensive linemen remain in lockstep with each other after finishing their Auburn careers with their strongest seasons, together going through the NFL combine and Friday's workouts for NFL scouts and coaches.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A list of top 10 performers in each drill during the NFL's annual scouting combine, which ended Monday.
The Auburn Tigers, who already have a new quarterback contender on campus, appeared to shore up other key positions of need in a Top-10 recruiting class.
Trying to replace defensive linemen Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams, coach Gus Malzahn landed a big signing day pledge Wednesday from four-star end Markaviest Bryant. QB Jarrett Stidham is among the mid-year enrollees available to go through spring practice.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson is leaving to enter the NFL draft.
The fourth-year junior announced his decision to skip his final season of eligibility with the Tigers on Twitter Wednesday.
Lawson had easily his best season after battling injuries throughout his career, racking up nine sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss. The second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer is projected as a likely first- or second-round pick.
No. 17 Auburn (8-4, SEC) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (10-2, Big 12), 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN), New Orleans.
Line: Oklahoma by 3.
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Oklahoma can finish its season with a 10th straight victory while cementing its top 10 ranking. Auburn, which lost its final two regular season conference games, wants to knock off the Big 12 champs not only to energize the program heading into the offseason, but also to give the SEC more bragging rights over another power conference.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma is not in the College Football Playoff because of two losses that happened in September.
Those setbacks were more than three months ago. These days, the Sooners could pass for one of the nation's best teams.
No. 17 Arkansas (5-2, 1-2 SEC) at No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 2-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN).
Line: Auburn by 10.
Series Record: Auburn leads 13-11-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Auburn, riding a three-game winning streak, can remain in SEC West contention with a victory. Arkansas is seeking a second straight win over a ranked SEC West team since losing to No. 1 Alabama.