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Bengals Bites (6/17)

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

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Bengals factoid: Gilberry's production - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
With Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson anchoring the starting defensive end positions since his arrival in 2012, Wallace Gilberry was forced into a de facto backup role. He played on the edge in certain situations and occasionally ducked into the line's interior as a pass-rusher in nickel scenarios. Now that Johnson is no longer with the Bengals after signing with Tampa Bay during free agency, Gilberry's opportunities figure to increase.

Cincinnati Bengals' Darqueze Dennard to make $6.5 million guaranteed - ESPN
When Darqueze Dennard signed his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday, he ended up inking a deal that will pay him about $6.5 million guaranteed, and that assures he will be a key piece to the franchise for the next four years.

Cincinnati Bengals: Why BenJarvus Green-Ellis should be nervous | isportsweb

In the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals took running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU. I was shocked by this move, as I saw the need for a Safety was more glaring than upgrading the running back position. So when Cincinnati selected Hill, it made the running back position a little crowded on the Bengals depth chart.

Website wins appeal of lawsuit by former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones - ESPN

An appeals court has found that an Arizona-based gossip website is immune from being sued by a former Bengals cheerleader over online posts that said she was promiscuous and had sexually transmitted diseases.

Marvin Lewis warns Cincinnati Bengals about complacency - ESPN

Marvin Lewis had been mostly calm and even tempered during the Cincinnati Bengals' organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp practices the past four weeks. Very seldom did it seem he felt the need to raise his voice and put his players in their place. That changed Monday afternoon, though, when at the end of the Bengals' penultimate OTA session of the spring, Lewis barked at his team about complacency and practice habits. He wanted his players to know that nothing will be handed to them between now and the end of training camp.

NFL launches clumsy effort to defend blackout rule | ProFootballTalk

At a time when the NFL faces the potential elimination of its blackout rule, the league has embarked on an effort to prevent limitations on the ability to refuse to telecast games in the local market if those contests aren't "sold out."  (More on what "sold out" actually means later.

Browns' Kruger on QB competition: 'Hoyer's the guy' | Helmet2Helmet

Paul Kruger knows who he wants leading the Browns this year — and it’s not Johnny F’ing Football. During an appearance on 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City, the veteran linebacker threw his support behind Brian Hoyer to win the starting quarterback job.

Six Atlanta Falcons storylines for Hard Knocks | Awful Announcing

The Atlanta Falcons aren’t exactly a franchise that evokes razzle and/or dazzle, but the Falcons will nonetheless be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer. Here are six storylines to keep an eye on.

John Oliver skewers Redskins, Dan Snyder over team name

John Oliver is one of the best late night comics working these days and his longer takes on Last Week Tonight are often as well conceived as they are funny. Last week, Oliver brilliantly took down FIFA and how the “non-profit” conducts its business. This week, John Oliver set his sight on the Washington Redskins and the results are as funny (and true) as ever.