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Chip Kelly has Philadelphia Eagles poised for more; NFL training camps
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — This is what a real training-camp practice sounds like, via the verbal stylings of New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his defensive coach, Bill Johnson. The scene: First padded Saints practice of camp.

Bengals' Devon Still's daughter fights for life
On June 2, he found out his vibrant 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has stage 4 cancer. His world flipped upside down in an instant.

Still turns to football in fight of his life
"Just to be with the guys and get my head off of what's going on for that hour or two and just step away and to get myself together so I can be a strong support system for her when I go back. I needed that." In the heat of training camp Devon Still's bald head inspires his daughter and perspires football.

Shutdown Countdown: Cincinnati Bengals try to get over playoff hump
Teams lose coordinators all the time. It's very rare for a team to lose both coordinators, unless they've both been fired because they weren't very good. But Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer did so well for the Bengals, they earned head coaching jobs in Washington and Minnesota. That's great news for them, and a tough blow for Cincinnati.

NFL Green-Ellis gets boost from Bengals coach - ESPNBenJarvus Green-Ellis' future with the Cincinnati Bengals first appeared in doubt back in early May when the Bengals drafted running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU. The rookie is bigger than Green-Ellis. He's faster and clearly younger, too. His legs have several years left in them. Not the one or two Green-Ellis' presumably have remaining.

Camp report: Lewis ditches Oklahoma; Hill makes some plays
Marvin Lewis deep-sixed the Oklahoma Drill with his eye on the Ravens Sept. 7. One of the staples of the dozen seasons of the Marvin Lewis regime has been the famed/outdated Oklahoma Drill. But when he scratched it Sunday and went with the half-line drill in front of about 1,400 on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields, it was more evidence how the game has changed in the 21st century.

Sports Movie or Not a Sports Movie?
Bill Simmons relies on four decades of experience to determine the difference between a sports movie and a rom-com (among other things)

Cincinnati Bengals: Early impressions from training camp
When the Cincinnati Bengals set up shop for training camp across from Paul Brown Stadium on July 24th, there were lots of questions surrounding the offense. Would Andy Dalton‘s contract situation be resolved soon? Who will be the starting center? Is there room on the roster for BenJarvus Green-Ellis? So far in camp, rookie running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU is making Green-Ellis’s chances at having a big role or even a roster spot for the Bengals this season a tough one.

Bengals' Jeremy Hill surprises in blocking drill
It was no surprise how natural rookie running back Jeremy Hill looked during running drills in Sunday's first day of practice in full pads.

AJ McCarron testing shoulder in throwing program for Cincinnati Bengals
When the Cincinnati Bengals opened training camp on Thursday on the practice fields at Paul Brown Stadium, two bedsheet banners fluttered from a highway overpass nearby. One read: "Don't sign Dalton. He (stinks)." The other read: "A.J. to A.J. The future is now."

Bengals still playing to Maualuga's strength
Veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga knows he's in a fight to keep his job as the Bengals starting middle linebacker but there certainly appears to be a way for the team to take advantage of his size and strength.

Bengals training camp: Day four
Bengals writer Richard Skinner offers a quick rundown of the fourth day of training camp for the Bengals.

NFL Bengals Camp Report: Day 4
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Cincinnati Bengals training camp:

Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban: report
An impassioned plea from Ray Rice’s wife, Janay Palmer, at the Baltimore Ravens running back’s disciplinary hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly was instrumental in limiting the length of Rice’s league suspension for a domestic violence incident involving Palmer to two games.

Byrne Identity: I Like Ray Rice
I would have said: "Ray’s a good guy. He’s smart. He might be the most popular person in our building. Need help with a community event or a player to lift a person in need, especially a child? Ray is one of the guys who says, ‘Yes, I’ll help.’" I liked Ray Rice a lot then. I like Ray Rice a lot today.

Rooney II on Ben's contract situation
As it turns out, the Steelers did talk contract this offseason with Ben Roethlisberger. Allow Steelers President Art Rooney II to explain. "I met with Ben shortly before we did the Maurkice Pouncey signing (in the middle of June) just to make sure Ben understood where we were with our intentions as far as a contract extension for him," said Rooney. "I just didn’t want him to feel like we were moving ahead with other players without any communication.

Jim Irsay is Makin' it Rain at Colts Camp by Passing Out $100 Bills to Fans
Colts owner Jim Irsay has endured a self-inflicted difficult offseason, complete with a DUI and drug arrest in May and subsequent summer rehab stint. His public opinion numbers have yet to fully rebound from his out-of-the-office antics but from all accounts,  he appears headed in the right direction.