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Bengals Bites: Andre Smith 'tired of being mediocre'

Andre Smith is heading into arguably the biggest year of his NFL career. A lot of money could be earned in 2016 if he lives up to his potential with the Bengals this year.

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Andre Smith: 'I'm tired of being mediocre'
The 28-year-old Andre Smith is in a critical contract year and he’s feeling good for the first time in a long time, having lost 23 pounds since his season ended with a torn triceps last November against Houston. He now wants to do is be the best right tackle in the NFL and not some "mediocre" guy.

Darqueze Dennard, secondary shine on Day 2 of Bengals camp
Now entering his second NFL season and looking for more playing time, Darqueze Dennard has made a strong statement with his play over the first two camp sessions.

Michael Johnson talks return; praises Will Clarke
The Bengals defense is in good hands now that Michael Johnson is coming off the edge again. He also likes what he's seen from second-year pass-rusher Will Clarke, who was drafted to help replace Johnson just one year ago. Funny how life works sometimes.

Bengals getting help this preseason from longtime NFL coach Al Saunders
Al Saunders has a lot of NFL experience, and the Bengals hope he can spread some of it to their younger offensive players. Even vets like Greg Little are getting help from Saunders.

Jimmy Haslam gives head coach and GM dreaded vote of confidence
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he will not fire coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer even if the team struggles this year. Anytime an owner has to publicly say something like this, it's because the head coach and/or GM are not in good standing with the team.

Vikings sign former Bengals WR Ryan Whalen
After playing with the Bengals from 2011-13, Ryan Whalen was out of football last year after being waived during final cuts prior to the 2014 season. Mike Zimmer was also with Cincinnati then, and now the two are reunited in Minnesota.

Jets' Devin Smith expected to miss 4-6 weeks
It was previously reported New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith suffered broken ribs on Friday, but he also suffered a punctured lung. That will sideline him for at least a month and probably keep him out Week 1 of the regular season.