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Bengals Bytes (1/30): Staying put

The Bengals had great starting field position. Vance Joseph might be working for a new team, but he still isn't over the playoff loss. The Chargers have decided to stay put in San Diego, for now.

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Bengals, players see the value of Senior Bowl
Paul Alexander leaned against a railing in an end zone as the North squad offensive line began working through drills. The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach peered over, watching their set, their technique.

Pro Bowl notes: A.J., Julio finally together; Ced no stranger
After a decade of being measured back-to-back like twins since they were school kids in South Carolina and Alabama, the Bengals’ A.J. Green (6-4, 210 pounds) and the FalconsJulio Jones (6-4, 220) are on the same team in Sunday’s Pro Bowl (7 p.m.-ESPN) and both start at wide receiver for quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jameis Winston.

Ickey Woods Ickey Shuffle, Suepr Bowl memories, touchdown dance
The former Bengals star on how his famous touchdown dance came to be, the odd jobs he’s been working, his thoughts on the negativity surrounding Cam Newton’s celebrations and his charity work after the tragic loss of his son.

Super Bowl countdown moment No. 7: Montana to Taylor breaks Bengals' hearts
A great example of Joe Montana's nonplussed persona under pressure came with San Francisco trailing Cincinnati late in the fourth quarter. To keep things loose in the huddle, "Joe Cool" told one of his teammates that he thought he spotted comedian John Candy in the stands. Montana then had the last laugh against Cincinnati's defense, leading the 49ers on the game-winning 92-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly high school life at St. Xavier
Walking into St. Xavier High School, you are greeted by Pope Francis. If any reminder is needed of the expectations at this private Jesuit school on the north side of the city, nothing does the trick quite like a framed photo of the leader of the Catholic Church.

New Dolphins coordinator still stews about Bengals loss
''We had two penalties that cost us the football game, and that's both on coaches and on players,'' Vance Joseph said Thursday. ''Adam is an emotional player. ... I feel responsible. I feel bad for Marvin and ownership that it happened, because that was going to be an historic win for the Bengals. As a coach you feel responsible - that's my guy. That shouldn't have happened. That's wrong.''

Kick-return woes aside, Cincinnati Bengals began drives with good field position
With the offseason here for the Cincinnati Bengals, we're taking a daily look at a few statistics that either defined the past season, or went overlooked during it. Today, we highlight the following number: 20.6

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Playoff teams lose players every offseason and these guys could be next
The Bengals could lose four of their top five defensive backs as well as their second and third options at wideout, a testament to how much young talent they've mined over the past few seasons. Given Cincinnati's near-total disinterest in the veteran free-agent market, it seems likely the Bengals will use much of their cap space in tying up some of their free agents-to-be, along with working on extensions for guard Kevin Zeitler and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who are entering the final year of their respective rookie deals.

4 simple but drastic changes that can save the Pro Bowl
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Jim Brown doesn't want the Browns to trade Johnny Manziel
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Ranking all 49 Super Bowls
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Chargers to remain in San Diego for 2016; deal reached with Rams if long-term solution not worked out
Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season but has an agreement with the Rams to move to Los Angeles if a long-term stadium solution to remain in the city isn't worked out. Spanos delivered the news in a message to Chargers fans posted on the team's website.