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

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Ranking the NFL’s best Andres | This Given Sunday
7. Andre Smith: Year in and year out, Smith is graded by Pro Football Focus as one of the best offensive tackles in the game. We’re projecting a bit here, because he hasn’t been to a Pro Bowl, but he’s only 27.

Terence Newman embraces role as Cincinnati Bengals sage - ESPN
Terence Newman knows he's what we'll simply call "advanced in age." He doesn't need you nor I to remind him of the 11 seasons he's seen in the NFL. He doesn't need either of us to bring up the fact he's the only player on the Cincinnati Bengals' roster who was born in the 1970s. He also doesn't need to be told that "Father Time" has yet to lose in his grand battle with professional football players; a day will soon come when he'll be forced to halt his playing days and move on to other endeavors.

Bengals mailbag: Does Green-Ellis fit? - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN

During the Cincinnati Bengals' mandatory minicamp this week, rookie running back Jeremy Hill continued to get snaps ahead of veteran ball carrier BenJarvus Green-Ellis. With Hill seemingly joining second-year back Giovani Bernard atop the depth chart at the position, the question becomes why?

Still no indication that the Texans would trade Andre Johnson | ProFootballTalk

As Texans receiver Andre Johnson continues to be sufficiently unhappy with the team to not show up for offseason workouts, the Texans continue to show no inclination to give him what he wants -- a new home. But Johnson remains dug in.

First-year coach Jay Gruden has Redskins thinking quick turnaround - Don Banks - SI.com

The honeymoon months are always fun and filled with promise for a first-time NFL head coach, in that blank-slate, anything-is-possible sort of way. But soon enough, we'll begin to find out if Jay Gruden and his new-look Redskins resemble the club that took the NFL by surprise in 2012, storming to an NFC East title, or the team that bottomed out in dysfunctional fashion in 2013, posting Washington's worst record (3-13) since the dawn of the Norv Turner era in 1994.

Ranking the 2014 NFL Rosters | This Given Sunday

I have ranked all 32 NFL rosters with training camps a little more than a month away. I didn’t use any type of weighted formula, just pure feel. A few players with significant pull — like a quarterback or pass-rusher — can basically carry a team with noticeable flaws. These rankings are solely based on entire team rosters.