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Bengals Bites: Training Camp Arrives Edition

Taking a look at the news, links, and stories around the internet concerning your Cincinnati Bengals, as well as some stories of interest around the NFL.

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Devon Still finds inspiration, hope in daughter's pediatric cancer battle
The 4-year-old girl, who reaches just past her father's knee, can't stop smiling on a warm, Sunday afternoon. She giggles while blowing bubbles at her parents, stopping every few seconds to tug at her floral-printed dress and talk about Disney princesses and her freshly painted pink fingernails. She's talkative, inquisitive and thoughtful as she alternates between patting her mother's head and grabbing at the collared shirt of her father, Devon Still, the defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Andy Dalton contract negotiations: Bengals owner Mike Brown's comments underscore current NFL quarterback market
But for all the negative sentiment from the general public, the Bengals have stood steadfast behind Dalton as their present and future quarterback. The latest gesture of support came from team owner Mike Brown, who reportedly said Tuesday that Dalton's next contract, which the quarterback needs before hitting free agency next offseason, should be "around (San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin) Kaepernick's." The immediate reaction from most of the NFL public: Are you crazy?

Emmanuel Lamur's return has Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Guenther relieved
When he saw his big outside linebacker loaded onto a cart and leaving the Cincinnati Bengals' final 2013 preseason game in obvious pain, for one split second, Paul Guenther felt lost. "I almost fainted," the assistant coach recalled earlier this week.

Offensive, defensive storylines for 2014-15 Bengals
Bengals beat writer Richard Skinner offers a review of offensive and defensive storylines that will unfold during the Bengals' 2014-15 season.

Mike Brown relishes family run with Bengals
As the news of longtime owner Pat Bowlen's departure from the Denver Broncos made headlines early Wednesday, I was reminded of a few comments Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown made about his own ownership status just Tuesday.

A modest proposal: Green rules as downhome superstar
A.J. Green, the best skill player the Bengals have ever had, is talking about one of his best moves. As usual, it came in the privacy of his own home. Just about the only thing he does in public is play a Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Bengals training camp: What you need to know
Here's a rundown of what to expect if you're planning on going to see the Bengals training camp.

Beyond the Stripes: Hue Jackson on the Hot Seat
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson answers a series of questions from Enquirer Sports' Paul Daugherty on Beyond the Stripes presented by

Mike Zimmer's takeover of Vikings starts
After working for two decades in the NFL to fulfill his desire to become a head coach, Mike Zimmer has finally reached the real deal. Minnesota Vikings training camp starts Friday, and the season opener is a little more than six weeks away.

Washington’s Robert Griffin III must step up as a drop-back passer
Jay Gruden’s offense should protect Robert Griffin III from getting roughed up, but the third-year QB must step up and finally prove himself in the pocket

Will Bengals' faster pace help or hurt Dalton?
It doesn't seem logical that new Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will help take the pressure off starting quarterback Andy Dalton by getting his unit to play at a more up-tempo pace he labels "fast and furious," but he's hoping that pace, combined with a better running game, will keep opposing defenses off balance, which will in turn benefit Dalton.

Walkthrough 7.23: On reflective Mike Brown
There used to be a time where whenever Mike Brown spoke, fans grew enraged. Drinks were thrown. Lamps knocked over. Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria. These days, his words fall lighter because they splash against a different reality. He's always been genuine, he's always been loyal, he's always been kind. Now, those traits shine through a little brighter because he's done what everyone in the city for so long asked of him. He's gradually backed away.

Bengals' focus must be playoffs, but not right now
As the first practice of camp commences, the one question wafting thicker than the stench of sweat-drenched t-shirts inside the Bengals locker is how this team can find a way to climb over the playoff hump. Three years in a row. Four of the last five. Zero wins in five trips under Marvin Lewis.

Offensive lineman coaches clinic shows camaraderie of position group
Offensive line is the least glamorous position in the NFL, and coaching it is not a star turn either. But amid the anonymity is a group bond that extends beyond team borders. Welcome to the annual Coaches of Offensive Linemen clinic

Washington’s Robert Griffin III must step up as a drop-back passer
Jay Gruden’s offense should protect Robert Griffin III from getting roughed up, but the third-year QB must step up and finally prove himself in the pocket

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's troubles, Tony Dungy's Michael Sam comment
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will escape punishment for his company's misdeeds, but the government and the NFL are watching. Plus, Brandt's Rants on the Michael Sam "distraction" and the Jamaal Charles extension

Josh Gordon of Cleveland Browns to appeal one-year suspension Aug. 1
Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon will appeal his one-year suspension in a meeting with NFL officials on Aug. 1, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gordon, who is facing the yearlong ban following a failed drug test earlier this offseason, will file the appeal in New York, the source told Schefter.