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Bengals Bytes (5/15): Valuable advice

The Bengals are the biggest make-or-break story for next season. Russell Wilson has some valuable advice for college graduates, and Malik Jackson's twin brother is trying out for an NFL team.

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After Years of Disappointment, Bengals Are NFL's Biggest Make-or-Break Story
We've hit the time of year when television shows wrap for the season before a long summer of reruns—rehashed stories we've all seen before.

Devon Still's Daughter Leah Busts a Few Moves on the Dance Floor at His Wedding
Leah Still sure knows how to work the spotlight. The six-year-old daughter of Houston Texans defensive tackle Devon Still captivated the hearts of NFL fans as she battled cancer before finally being declared cancer-free last year.  That meant on Friday, she got to celebrate her dad's marriage to longtime girlfriend Asha Joyce. Leah owned the dance floor at the reception, busting a couple of moves with the new Mr. and Mrs. before capping her routine off with a split.

Cincinnati Bengals quartet watches FC Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh
As he took a load of passengers to the top levels of Nippert Stadium early Saturday afternoon, an elevator operator explained to the occupants what he believed the significance of the day's match between United Soccer League teams FC Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was.

3rd-Year NFL Players with Something to Prove in 2016
The 2016 NFL draft is a couple of weeks in the past, so we naturally have a perfect handle on which teams made smart choices and which teams failed. Right? Well, not exactly. The reality is it generally takes two to three seasons to properly judge a draft pick. This is why plenty of the post-draft analysis from this year is going to be wrong and why some post-draft analysis from a couple years ago looks downright silly now.

Former UB QB Joe Licata to work out for the Bengals on Monday
The Buffalo Bills didn't sign former Williamsville South and UB quarterback Joe Licata after his rookie camp tryout, but he's going to get another NFL shot. Licata is set to work out for the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, a source said late Saturday night. While 15 other quarterbacks were drafted and nine more signed with teams as undrafted free agents, Licata is still waiting for his opportunity. Buffalo, for now, seems content heading into camp with three quarterbacks in Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones. Taylor is the starter, Manuel the entrenched back-up and Jones the project.

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Projecting top 100 NFL rookies of 2016: Players 1-20
Chase Goodbread ranks 100 rookies based on anticipated impact in the 2016 season, a list anchored by the new franchise quarterback for the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams.

Bears trying out Malik Jackson's identical twin brother
If you can't even enter the bidding war for a high-priced free agent defensive lineman like Malik Jackson, you could always invite his identical twin brother in for a workout. That's what the Bears are trying, at least. Marquis, who, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, played his college ball at College of the Canyons, Texas Southern and Portland State, was once a member of the Minnesota Vikings back in 2013. In 2014, he played arena ball in Portland. The 26-year-old is listed at 6-4, 255 pounds.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson pokes fun at himself in commencement speech
Not long into his commencement address at the University of Wisconsin, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson poked fun at himself for the biggest interception in Super Bowl history.

Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald fulfills promise to his mother by
Larry Fitzgerald added another honor to his already prolific resume on Saturday. College graduate. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver graduated Saturday from the University of Phoenix, majoring in communications and minoring in marketing. It was the end of an educational odyssey that has taken more than a decade since he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.

Six most interesting players still on free-agent market
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, the NFL's roster reconstruction period is giving way to offseason workouts and minicamps. That doesn't mean there are no hidden gems left to be discovered, though. Chris Johnson entered the early-season Comeback Player of the Year discussion after signing in training camp. Dwight Freeney led the division-winning Cardinals in sacks after signing in October.

Jonathan Martin: Incognito is a bad person "because he’s allowed to be in the realm he occupies"
Now that he’s done with football following a career notable mostly for his role as the victim in a locker room bullying scandal, Jonathan Martin spends time talking to schoolchildren about social isolation. And Martin says his bully, Richie Incognito, thrived in an atmosphere where bullies are allowed to thrive.

Devin Hester worries about the future of the kickoff
In light of Pop Warner eliminating kickoffs for its younger players and the NFL increasingly trying to reduce the number of kickoff returns, one of the best returners in history is concerned that the play is going away.