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3 Bengals on hot seat this offseason | The Newark Advocate |
With every NFL draft, dreams come true for many college football players. On the flip side, it also means the jobs of their future teammates are in jeopardy.

Dre Kirkpatrick: Still Fighting Expectations
The Cincinnati Bengals spent a 2014 first round draft pick on cornerback Darqueze Dennard, a move seen as necessary by many due to the age of Terence Newman and Adam Jones, as well as the health of Leon Hall. The Dennard pick was mostly praised and he is seen as a future starter at one of the corner spots. Hall and Dennard could be a nice pair of corners, but one person who may have something still to say about that is 2012 first round pick Dre Kirkpatrick.

Walkthrough: 3 Players Most Feeling Heat From The Draft
With every draft dreams come true for young men. On the flip side, with every draft dreams are placed in jeopardy for others. We've discussed a bit in this space a few of the players now feeling the heat after the draft but with their injection into the Bengals system as well as the undrafted free agents showing up the new reality has been set.

Cincinnati Bengals - TeamReport | GlobalPost
A standard Marvin Lewis philosophy during his tenure in Cincinnati has been that a team cannot have enough quality, first-round cornerbacks. Even he might be testing the theory this year.

Ranking the 32 starting NFL QBs | This Given Sunday
When you’re trying to build a competitive team that can rival for a spot in the playoffs the big question is always the same: do you have that franchise quarterback? While there’s 11 players on both sides of the ball, and 21 other players on the field on any given play, the quarterback always gets the most publicity. Marquee wins always get attributed to the main passer, right or wrong, and crushing defeats always get blamed on them, fairly or unfairly. Here’s our ranking of each starting quarterback in the league. With the depth charts that are still undecided, consideration for the quality of both quarterbacks was made.

More than 25 percent of all 2014 draft picks already are signed | ProFootballTalk
The draft began 11 days ago.  Less than two weeks later, more than 70 players have signed their rookie contracts. It's no surprise.  The negotiation process has become much simpler under the 2011 labor deal.

Jerry Rice Jr. to Visit San Francisco 49ers for Tryout | The Sports Daily
Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, arguably the NFL’s greatest receiver of all-time, gave the Bay Area plenty of exciting moments during his 16 years spent with the 49ers. And now, he’ll look to pass the torch, as his son will attempt to join the same organization where he made a name for himself and helped win three Super Bowls.

Union says playoff expansion is “absolutely” a topic of collective bargaining | ProFootballTalk
The NFL could be throwing a curve ball at the NFLPA by expanding the postseason field from 12 to 14 without seeking union approval.  The NFLPA thinks it knows how to hit this specific curve ball.