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Bengals Bytes (5/13): 'Maniacal' obsession

Josh Shaw expects to compete for the open safety spot in mini camp, and how scouting Laquon Treadwell led to drafting Cody Core. Also Why Jon Gruden has stayed with ESPN despite interest from around the football world to come back and coach.

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Bengals notes: Shaw expects turn at safety, Dawson ready for more
It only took a year for Josh Shaw to go from being the newest cornerback in a room full of first-rounders to experiencing what it felt like to see a new guy come in. Shaw, a fourth-round pick out of the University of Southern California in 2015, looked forward to welcoming in 2016 first-round pick William Jackson III, and he shook his head at how quickly a year in the NFL can go.

Scouting Laquon Treadwell helped the Bengals draft Cody Core
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In Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Billings sees inspiration
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At this hour, a beautiful Florida sunrise is still a promise. The birds have not yet begun to sing. Down in Islamorada, Jimmy Johnson probably is a few hours away from dropping his first line into the Atlantic Ocean from his boat, 3 Rings. Over in Naples, Mike Ditka likely will not reach for his driver and a tee until well past the time the dew is off the grass.