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Taking a look at the links, notes, news around the world wide web on Training Camp eve -- that's the day before Training Camp... just saying. This is also today's open thread.

Doc: Dalton's may be mock turtle soup of contracts
The Bengals held their 46th annual Mike Brown Media Day and Mock Turtle Soupfest Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium. All in all, a good time was had by all. Excepting, perhaps, Marvin Lewis, who at one point during the interrogation session allowed, "I keep trying to get rid of this whole day.''

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Bengals' Mike Brown: Andy Dalton talks continue
During the annual media luncheon set against the ceiling-to-floor windows spanning the east side of Paul Brown Stadium, the collection of Bengals football operations royalty rotated through five stations of media set up inside the club lounge.

The Top 200 Ways Bleacher Report Screwed Me Over
A month before I turned 21, I returned home from the Bay Area, where I was attending college, to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family in Minnesota. On a Tuesday evening, I was sitting in the living room, about to head upstairs to go to bed, when my phone buzzed with a text from Dave Finocchio, founder and general manager of Bleacher Report.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis done talking Andy Dalton's contract
Bengals president Mike Brown, who very rarely addresses reporters these days, may have decided to discuss quarterback Andy Dalton's looming contract extension before a kickoff luncheon at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday, but his head coach is done discussing the issue. Apparently Dalton is, too.

Pat Bowlen resigns control of Denver Broncos, acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease
Pat Bowlen, one of the most iconic owners in NFL history who helped guide the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances and two world championships in his 30 years as owner, is relinquishing control of the team as he acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Team president Joe Ellis will assume control of the Broncos as Bowlen focuses on his health.

Cincinnati Bengals feed the homeless
The Cincinnati Bengals and their players tend to do a lot more for our community than people realize. This is just another example.

Cincinnati Bengals have eye on Colin Kaepernick's extension
When Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown said Tuesday that some parts of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's contract extension was intriguing to him and his front office, he sent a message worth paying attention to. "There's always something that cuts for the team or cuts for the player," Brown said. "In Kaepernick's case, there's some things we like."

Defense blitzes to transition
If quarterback Andy Dalton is the face of the offense, then that must make Pro Bowl WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict the face of the Bengals defense at the tender age of 23. He has to be since new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is using him as an example of getting into the playbook.

Lewis expects return of injured; Brown hopeful on Dalton; Hue not backing off run or slowing down
Head coach Marvin Lewis said at Tuesday ‘s training camp luncheon at Paul Brown Stadium that he expects all his players to be ready for the Sept. 7 opener in Baltimore and star defenders Leon Hall and Geno Atkins could make their practice debuts  by next week.

Gio Bernard's goal? Copy Rex Burkhead
Many of the plays Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson cued on the projection screen during unit meetings back in May and June ended with one player receiving a compliment: running back Rex Burkhead. "That joker," fellow back Giovani Bernard said, "he's a good player."

Bengal Quick Takes: Leading the defense
In his quest to get his defense ingrained in the minds of his players, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has begun turning to linebacker Vontaze Burfict to get his new system learned.

Bengals being cautious about Geno Atkins' return
Leon Hall and Geno Atkins set forth the same goal after suffering different season-ending injuries in the middle of last year. They both wanted to be on the field for the first day of training camp Thursday. As for Hall and his torn Achilles: "He'll probably achieve that goal," Marvin Lewis said. As for Atkins and his torn ACL: "I'm going to keep him from achieving that goal," Lewis continued.

Tony Dungy comments on Michael Sam better left unsaid
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but when your opinion carries as much weight as Tony Dungy's does, you have to be careful about how you wield it.

Giants sign guard John Sullen
As offensive guard Chris Snee announced he's retiring with his contract terminated with a failed physical designation, the New York Giants replaced the veteran lineman on the roster with offensive guard John Sullen, a former Cincinnati Bengals lineman.

Come talk about it all in the comments section, as this is today's open thread.