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News and notes about the Cincinnati Bengals and the rest of the NFL

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Bengal Quick Takes: Projecting starters 2 - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
On Monday, we broke down Cincinnati's offense. On Tuesday, we did the same with the defense. And yes, we're even taking a quick look at the special teams units later Wednesday. You can't leave out the dear punters, kickers, long-snappers and returners.

Projected 2014 starters: Cincinnati Bengals -
Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Here is the Cincinnati Bengals breakdown.

Cincinnati Bengals may have many fantasy options in '14 - ESPN
While Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. start unveiling their early 2015 draft boards , ESPN senior fantasy football analyst Matthew Berry has already started breaking down his early fantasy football rankings.

Bengals' Bernard readying for more | FOX Sports on MSN

Giovani Bernard doesn't care where or how you get him the football, just that he's able to get it. That's not a selfish thing. Any football player whose job is to handle the ball, make yards, move the chains and score touchdowns is going to tell you they don't care how they get the job accomplished.

Tempo important to Cincy's new offense - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN

Before the Bengals did finally find an offensive identity that led them to having a top-10-ranked offense, their formula for success on that side of the ball seemed simple: just take whatever the defense gave. That's not the philosophy the 2014 Bengals plan on implementing even once.

Notes: Receivers take note of Dalton; Bodine won't scare; First 2 picks in the fold

Andy Dalton has been getting second looks from his wide receivers during their throwing sessions in Phase II of the voluntary sessions. His trip to Los Angeles back in March to work with throwing guru Dr. Tom House seems to have helped.

NFL Pain-Killer Culture: John Madden Says Broadcast Announcer Gets Shots, Too « CBS San Francisco

A day after a lawsuit filed by former players against the National Football League alleging illegal and unethical administration of pain-killing drugs causing long-term health effects, Hall of Fame coach John Madden offered an anecdote Wednesday of the league’s drug culture extending up to the announcing booth.

Ray Farmer: Hoyer is better than Manziel “by a substantial margin” | ProFootballTalk

From telling him he’s a backup to reminding him he’s not in Hollywood to putting him at No. 3 on the depth chart for OTAs, the Browns have been trying to ensure that Johnny Manziel doesn’t realize that from the moment he was drafted he instantly became the most powerful man in Cleveland.  G.M. Ray Farmer took it to a new level on Tuesday, explaining that, as of right now, the gap between Brian Hoyer and Manziel isn’t close.