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Expect more defensive holding, illegal contact flags this year | ProFootballTalk
NFL rules have already done plenty to favor the passing game, but this year may be the biggest passing season yet. That's because, as explained by veteran referee Ed Hochuli, NFL officials are planning to emphasize defensive holding and illegal contact this season.

Dane Sanzenbacher geared to replace Andrew Hawkins for Cincinnati Bengals (video) |
The Cleveland Browns don't face the Cincinnati Bengals until November but that didn't stop the Browns from making the first strike against their AFC North foe. The Browns plucked elusive slot receiver Andrew Hawkins off the Bengals' roster during free agency. Hawkins played in only eight games last season due to injury, but a healthy Hawkins, who caught 51 balls in 2012, is extremely difficult to grasp.

Spikes returns to NFL roots, likes what he sees from Bengals | FOX Sports
Takeo Spikes knows this place well. It's hard to forget your childhood home, which is what Cincinnati is to Spikes as an NFL player.

CINCINNATI: Burfict emerges as center of Bengals defense | College | News Democrat
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone from low-risk investment to the heart of the Bengals defense in only two years.

Andy Dalton expects deal to get done with Bengals -
Andy Dalton believes it's only a matter of time before he works out a new deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. The fourth-year quarterback told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Wednesday that he's optimistic a contract extension is a "when" rather than an "if" proposition.

Bengals training camp: Is this the year Andy Dalton gets it done in playoffs? -
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis lost both of his coordinators shortly after his team's unprecedented third straight trip to the playoffs, and he's lived to smile about it.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals not close in talks - NFL Spin Zone - A General NFL Blog providing you all the NFL News, Rumors, Updates, and National Football League News.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has just one year left on his deal, as he’s set to make $986,027 in base salary this upcoming season. The Bengals have stated that they are looking to give a Colin Kaepernick-type contract to Dalton, but they could end up franchising him next offseason. While the Bengals have been careful to only loft praise on their QB, they haven’t exactly shown confidence in him as a true franchise QB, though I’m sure most people in their position would wait until his contract year to make a definitive statement on that.

Cincinnati Bengals to hold training camp practice in Dayton area - Dayton Business Journal
The Cincinnati Bengals are taking their training camp on the road again, with a practice scheduled in Dayton area in August.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Report: Day 7 - ESPN
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Cincinnati Bengals training camp: