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Bengals Bytes (4/13): History of 24

What is the history of the 24th pick in the draft? The NFL has denied Josh Gordon's reinstatement, and which NFL team has been producing WWE superstars?

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Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton says goal is a Super Bowl
The Cincinnati Bengals are the Schrodinger's Cat of NFL postseasons, on the cusp of a deep postseason run while unable to get out of the first round.

Will Cincinnati Bengals draft an Ed Reed or Bjoern Werner at No. 24?
Recent draft history has proven how difficult finding superstars late in the first round can be. In the past 25 years, teams with the No. 24 overall pick -- the same selection the Cincinnati Bengals hold this year -- have selected future Hall of Famers and short-tenured flameouts. For every Ed Reed (2002, Ravens) or Aaron Rodgers (2005, Packers) picked at No. 24, there has been a Bjoern Werner (2012, Colts) or Reggie McGrew (1999, 49ers); players who dealt with injuries and struggled to produce in the NFL the way they did in college.

Watch out, Steph Curry: Andy Dalton is a long-range sharpshooter, too
Stephen Curry might be the NBA's most prolific 3-point shooter, but Andy Dalton showed he has a decent stroke from long range as well, at least for an NFL guy. In a minutelong video he posted to his Instagram account Monday night, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback made 12 consecutive jump shots from what appeared to be 3-point distance. It's hard to tell exactly where he's shooting from because the frame of the video doesn't quite extend to the court.

Bengals question of the day: Who's front runner for right tackle?
Cedric Ogbuehi was selected for a reason in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and it was to one day anchor the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line at one of the tackle positions. The left side is currently occupied by All-Pro and ageless wonder Andrew Whitworth, so that leaves the right side wide open at the start of 2016. Ogbuehi is the natural pick for that starting spot at this juncture.

'06 draft stirred chemistry
Andrew Whitworth wrinkled his nose and dumped his Pro Bowl laundry from three months ago on the floor in front of his locker before conjuring up a much sweeter memory. "I remember my first offseason watching Chad Johnson open up his stuff from the Pro Bowl and spreading it out in front of his locker," Whitworth is saying Tuesday, looking across the way at old No. 85’s locker. "And thinking, ‘That would be cool.’ Full circle." Not quite.

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A.J. Tarpley: Why I Walked Away from Football at 23 | The MMQB with Peter King
The decision was about coming to terms with the totality of my concussion history. I gave everything I had, and when I couldn’t do that anymore, I retired out of respect for the sport—and my health.

NCAA, CBS/Turner extend NCAA tournament deal through 2032
The two media companies and the NCAA announced Tuesday an eight-year extension of the current multimedia rights agreement for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The new contract extends the agreement through 2032 and gives both CBS and Turner the ability to air the games across any platform within their respective portfolios, including those to be created over the life of the agreement.

Draft prospect Tyler Higbee intends to plead not guilty to charges
Western Kentucky tight end Tyler Higbee intends to plead not guilty to charges of second-degree assault, second-degree evading police and public intoxication.

When did the Minnesota Vikings become a WWE talent factory?
Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar both had brief cups of coffee with the Minnesota Vikings before becoming superstars in the wrestling ring, and now another former Viking could be making a name for himself in the square ring rather than on the football field.

NFL announces Silas Redd is suspended indefinitely
In November, the NFL announced that Redskins running back Silas Redd had been suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Redd was on injured reserve at the time so the suspension cost him four paychecks without keeping him off the field.

Using data to predict the arrest rates of NFL draft picks
Is there a correlation between players who get in trouble in college and players that get in trouble in the pros? Studies seem to indicate there is.

Jim Harbaugh rips NCAA for its ban on satellite camps at behest of SEC and ACC
If you expected Jim Harbaugh to take the NCAA’s ban on satellite camps in stride, then you were sorely mistaken. Harbaugh spoke with Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, and he did not hide his disdain for this ruling and the organization behind it.

Matt Ryan: We’ll miss Roddy White "for sure"
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan organized workouts for members of the team in Florida last month, giving them a chance to start working together ahead of the official start of the team’s workout program.

Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement is denied
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement has been denied by the NFL, a league spokesman confirmed Tuesday. He may re-apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1. The NFL said it would have no further comment.