+ We continued our series of Top-20 Bengals in 2012 on Thursday, naming running back Bernard Scott at No. 19. We were cautious to mention that his placement wasn't so much historical, rather the perceived role he's expected to contribute this year and Jay Gruden's desire to put Scott in a more productive role. We're also trying to ensure that the theme highlights the best players this year and not what the players have done in the past -- though it's impossible to completely disregard that, nor should we.
However one commenter mentioned something that should be addressed. The top-20 players have nothing to do with whether someone is a starter or not. Perhaps a backup player makes the list whereas a starter doesn't. Just because someone is a starter doesn't automatically qualify them as one of the best players on the team. They're just the best players at their position; naturally they'd be one of the team's better players anyway, but there are circumstances in which that's not necessarily the case. If it were Carlos Dunlap doesn't make this list and that would just be silly.
+ According to Andrew Brown, the Cincinnati Bengals ticket sales manager, the top presale numbers for single-game tickets so far is against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and New York Giants. Surprisingly the other four, Oakland (Carson Palmer) and Miami (Chad Johnson) are the bottom half, as are the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns (the least surprising of the group).
+ Our own Brennen Warner put together a great wide receivers training camp preview heading into training camp. Part II will soon follow.
+ Anthony Collins takes a look back to 1991, when the Cincinnati Bengals virtually ended the career of running back Bo Jackson during the postseason.
+ Brennen takes a statistical look at BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a receiver out of the backfield.
+ Jermaine Gresham made ESPN's top-25 list of best players in the AFC North.
+ We listed the top cornerback salaries for 2012.
+ The Cleveland Browns selected Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon during the supplement draft on Thursday. Cleveland forfeits their second-round pick during the 2013 NFL draft due to their selection -- meaning that one less team will be in the way for both of Cincinnati's second-round picks next year.
That's right. Even with this feeling of euphoria about the Bengals after this year's draft, we have to remember that they're going to have three selections in the first two rounds next year also.