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Bengals Bites (5/22) - Who Returns Kicks?

Will Mario Alford return kicks for the Bengals? Justin Smith retirement turns the page on great draft class. Aaron Hernandez is sporting some new ink.

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Time will tell if Alford returns kicks for Bengals
Adam Jones says it may be premature to anoint Mario Alford as the Bengals kick returner

Tomlinson: Dalton needs to win a playoff game
There isn't just a feeling inside the Bengals' locker room that "it's time" for the team to get over the hump in the postseason - those outside Paul Brown Stadium are thinking the same way.

4 takeaways from workouts
Believe it or not, the structured portion of the Cincinnati Bengals' 2015 season begins next week with the first organized team activities (OTA), but the majority of the team has been at Paul Brown Stadium over the past month preparing for, what they hope, is a breakthrough in the playoffs. Before we get to that point however, let's take a quick look at what's transpired since the draft at the beginning of the month.

Justin Smith retirement closes out Bengals greatest draft class
The retirement of 49ers defensive lineman Just Smith closes the books on the Bengals’ most successful draft ever, the 2001 edition where the Bengals selected four players that ended up in their top four all-time for receiving, rushing, and sacks.

Baltimore Ravens' First Quarter Schedule Is A Brutal Road To Super Bowl 50 |
The Baltimore Ravens are looking for the team's third Super Bowl trophy which would result as the city of Baltimore's fourth Super Bowl trophy. If they win it this year, they will have earned it.

Hobson's Choice: leaders in training
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.

Robert Kraft: Trying to look out for our team's best interests
"I only care about our fans," said Kraft. "I did my part to be a good partner, I think. The most important thing to me is that the fans of the New England Patriots know that I'm always trying to look out for our team's best interests now. I think this was in the best long-term interest of the team."

Aaron Hernandez Got A New Neck Tattoo In Prison
All we can make out is the word “Lifetime” running across the top. Seems like pretty good quality for a prison tattoo, though!

Bengals make some extra points in PAT move
The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.

NFL's new extra-point rule could change again in 2016; mailbag | The MMQB with Peter King
When the time came at the league meetings in San Francisco to discuss changing the extra point, there wasn't much debate. Insiders say the discussion lasted less than a half hour.

To fix Rooney Rule failures, NFL could use more guys like Marvin Lewis - AFC North - ESPN
The success of the Cincinnati Bengals coach has opened doors for colleagues as his coaching tree takes root.