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Bengal Quick Takes: Training camp nears - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
After taking a few final days of vacation last week, yours truly is back and ready for what promises to be an exciting season ahead. Training camp is now 10 days away in this part of Ohio, meaning the sounds crunching pads and crashing helmets are right around the corner.

Cincinnati Bengals factoid: A.J. Green's chunk-yard TDs - ESPN

Throughout his career, Green has caught 14 touchdown passes that traveled 20 or more yards in the air before he caught them, according to ESPN Stats & Information. For the purposes of this blog post, we'll consider passes that travel that distance chunk passes. It's a similar definition to what most use to describe explosive plays (passes of 20 yards or more). Certainly a short screen that results in a long gain downfield could be considered a chunk play, but again, in this instance I want to specifically look at how far the passes themselves travel.

Top 10 in 2014: The best owners in the NFL today | cover32

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Bernard Pollard: Broncos cut off hot water in showers | Helmet2Helmet

“You know the hot water was working before the game, then all of a sudden after the game it’s not working?” Pollard said. “They are bringing in millions or almost billions of dollars a year. I’m sorry, but that was a switch that was hit. Just like the Super Bowl [lights], that was a switch that was hit.”

Ron Jaworski: Matt Cassel is the worst starting QB in the NFL | ProFootballTalk

Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is unveiling his annual ranking of the NFL's 32 starting quarterbacks, and the list started with Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. And not because Cassel is the best. Jaworski labeled Cassel the worst starter in the NFL.

NFL says Haslam hasn’t violated personal-conduct policy | ProFootballTalk

Pilot Flying J, the company run by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty as part of a federal investigation of fraud against the company’s customers. But Haslam himself won't be penalized by the NFL.