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

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Leon Hall of Cincinnati Bengals in final stages of rehab from Achilles tear - ESPN
If the Cincinnati Bengals were opening training camp next week, you would finally see long-injured cornerback Leon Hall back in uniform.

Hokies In The NFL: Cincinnati Bengals Cut LB Bruce Taylor - Gobbler Country
When word came to us about a man-child LB commitment from Myrtle Beach way back in 2007, I envisioned VT turning out it's best NFL linebacker since Mike Johnson patrolled "The Mistake By The Lake" in Cleveland for the Browns in the mid to late 1980s. Sadly, it appears that injuries have worn down former Hokie LB Bruce Taylor, as he is now looking for another job this off-season following today's news.

Cincinnati Bengal Darqueze Dennard keeps saying right things - ESPN
When rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard proudly said Wednesday, with a smile on his face no less, that the Cincinnati Bengals "really don't need me," a few eyebrows in the huddle of reporters around him raised.

Former Gamecocks cornerback Victor Hampton signs with Cincinnati Bengals - Post and Courier

After a miserably long pause, the former South Carolina cornerback will get a chance to begin his NFL career. Hampton signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, agent Angelo Wright tweeted Tuesday. Contract details were not disclosed.

2014 Fantasy Football Outlook: Cincinnati Bengals | XN Sports

The Bengals were a mixed bag of fantasy action in 2013, providing owners with a lot of uneven production outside of A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard. For 2014, they have a brand new set of coordinators as Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden have moved on to head coaching jobs in the NFC. Paul Guenther takes over on the defensive side, while Hue Jackson will assume play calling responsibilities this season.

Bengals offensive coordinator takes the Joe Pendry approach to Andre Smith |

Pendry was Alabama's offensive line coach when tackle Andre Smith earned unanimous All-American honors and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman in 2008. The Bengals took Smith with the sixth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. A holdout and injuries limited him to 13 games and five starts in his first two seasons. The past three seasons, Smith has missed two games as the regular right tackle for Cincinnati. He's helped the Bengals reach the playoffs after each of the past three seasons, but he hasn't distinguished himself in the way he did in college and high school, when he became the only offensive lineman to win the state's Mr. Football Award playing at Huffman in 2005.

Cincinnati Bengals: New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants to speed up offense - Sports Story

The Bengals' offense has a few new features this season under Jackson, and the most noticeable involves speed. Cincinnati no longer has a low gear when it comes to getting lined up and snapping the ball.

Andy Dalton of Cincinnati Bengals wouldn't mind a Colin Kaepernick-like deal - ESPN

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said Tuesday afternoon that he'd have no problems accepting a contract extension similar to the controversial, clause-filled six-year deal given to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week.

Will Svitek Signs with the Cincinnati Bengals - Extra Points -

Former Patriots offensive tackle Will Svitek has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the team. Svitek, an eight-year veteran, played on a one-year deal with the Patriots before hitting the free agency market. He appeared in 13 games for the Patriots and started twice.