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Joe Robbins

Seven observations from Cincinnati Bengals' OTA - ESPN
For the second time in as many weeks Jermaine Gresham's absence headlined one of the Cincinnati Bengals' voluntary organized team activities. As you'll read here, injuries and absences weren't the only events worth mentioning from Tuesday's practice.

Cincinnati Bengals predicted 9-7 by USA Today

Nate Davis predicted the Cincinnati Bengals will go 9-7 after picking all 256 regular-season games and 11 playoff contests. Davis does not have the Bengals making the playoffs.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Things We've Learned From Early OTAs
The Cincinnati Bengals are busy training and installing their offensive and defensive systems this offseason during OTAs. Here are five revelations about the 2014 Bengals that have been brought to light during these workout sessions.

Bengals factoid: Red zone efficiency - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
For every trip into the red zone the Bengals had in 2013, 73.3 percent of the time they scored a touchdown. That percentage is referred to as red zone efficiency. Cincinnati's red zone efficiency was the second best in the league behind Denver, which converted scores from within 20 yards out at a blistering 76.1 percent clip. Those figures were much higher than normal. Typically, teams convert at less than 70 percent. The last team with a red zone efficiency of 72 percent or higher was the 2007 Saints, who finished 7-9.

Finding the Fits: Bodine will prove worthy of rare Bengals' leap - CBSSports.com
The Cincinnati Bengals found a superstar in former North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard in the second round a year ago. The club is hoping to strike gold with Carolina blue yet again with Bodine, a 6-foot-3, 310 pound junior whom the Bengals thought enough of to break tradition and trade up to get in the hopes that the fourth-round pick could step in as the club's starting center.

CIncinnati Bengals sign La Salle High grad Chandler Burden - Sports Story

The Bengals are giving former La Salle High School lineman Chandler Burden another shot at the NFL. Burden, an offensive tackle who played at Kentucky, signed with the Bengals Tuesday.

Cincinnati Bengals factoid: Vontaze Burfict's tackle streak - ESPN

Actually, we could have chosen to use either 6 or 24 as the numerical factoid to begin the week. What do those numbers represent? They're somewhat a remarkable feat for Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Johnny Manziel overcomes three picks with the throw of the day and Brian Hoyer gets more team reps in Browns OTAs | cleveland.com

If Johnny Manziel threw any more interceptions in practice Tuesday, the Indians might have had to reconsider letting him throw out the first pitch Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

A team-by-team look at cap space available midway through offseason | ProFootballTalk
Now that the calendar has turned to June, we are less than two months away from training camps openings across the league.