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Bengals Bytes (5/26): Whatever it takes

One Bengal player is doing whatever it takes to stick with the Bengals, even if that means switching sides of the Ball. One receiver is determined to get a shot with the Patriots, and one kid killed it at his talent show.

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Can Bengals win AFC North despite notable roster losses? - NFL Videos
With tight end Tyler Eifert undergoing surgery, the "NFL Total Access" crew discusses how Andy Dalton and the Bengals will perform in 2016.

Insider Buzz: Concerns Tyler Eifert Injury Will Impact Chemistry with Dalton
Will Tyler Eifert miss training camp? Will Eifert play a key role in the offense with Cincinnati's loss of key receivers? Can Eifert and Andy Dalton get back on the same page after not having worked together throughout the whole offseason? Watch as Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discusses in the video above.

Notes: Bengals court Freeney; Billings signs
Although Dwight Freeney is reportedly headed to visit Atlanta (according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter) and he has been linked to a possible return in Arizona, he and the Bengals appear to be very much on each other’s radar after Wednesday’s visit. Freeney, the 36-year-old future Hall-of-Fame pass rusher, left Paul Brown Stadium without a deal but with plenty of impressions.

Plan B
With game-breaking Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert scheduled for an ankle surgery Wednesday that puts his availability for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener in murky waters, quarterback Andy Dalton is looking at the biggest challenge of his career as they scramble to replace three of their top five receivers from last year.

Tyler Eifert's absence means a Cincinnati Bengals intro to Tyler Kroft
Four road games, a night game and meetings with three 2015 AFC playoff teams. The Cincinnati Bengals face all of that within the first six weeks of the season, making it among the toughest stretches of the year. And it has just gotten a whole lot tougher.

FTW: Ex-Bengals coaches rank higher than Lewis
USA TODAY Sports' FTW blog ranks all 32 NFL head coaches, from worst to first, and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis ranks lower (19th) than three former Cincinnati coordinators - the Browns' Hue Jackson (18th), the Redskins' Jay Gruden (17th) and the Vikings' Mike Zimmer (4th).

With key blockers out, Bengals LB Jeff Luc switches to fullback
So far, the big story out of the Cincinnati Bengals' organized team activities involves tight end Tyler Eifert and the injury that could force him to miss a couple of games at the start of the season. The hope is that his rehab from a surgery that was conducted Wednesday will be fully wrapped up by training camp, and that he can return to action before the Bengals open the season at the New York Jets on Sept. 11.

With key blockers out, Bengals LB Jeff Luc switches to fullback
So far, the big story out of the Cincinnati Bengals' organized team activities involves tight end Tyler Eifert and the injury that could force him to miss a couple of games at the start of the season. The hope is that his rehab from a surgery that was conducted Wednesday will be fully wrapped up by training camp, and that he can return to action before the Bengals open the season at the New York Jets on Sept. 11.

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I think there’s no chance Johnny Manziel will play in NFL again. TMZ’s Manziel beat team must be putting in for a lot of overtime lately. Last week the website reported Manziel was kicked out of a Vegas nightclub for throwing a punch after getting shoved from behind. Recent photos of the former Browns quarterback show him looking really skinny and tatted up, reminiscent of an early 2000s Kevin Federline. In other words, nowhere near playing shape. My prediction: In two years, he’s a Las Vegas Raiders season ticket holder.

This Water Bottle Flip Is The Best Damn Thing I've Seen In A Long Long Time
Might want to put down a tarp now, because your shit is going to fly everywhere after you watch this.

This wide receiver plans to stand outside the Patriots stadium all day, every day until they sign him
Abiola Aborishade doesn't want a guarantee -- he just wants a chance. The former UMass Dartmouth receiver has been standing outside Gillette Stadium every single day for over a month trying to get the New England Patriots' attention. His message is simple: Give me a tryout.

Cardinals Blogs | Freeney’s visits and the roster wait
Would Dwight Freeney be brought back? Until he signs elsewhere, I suppose that’s possible. But he just visited the Bengals and news came today he’s going to visit the Falcons, and at some point, if he makes sense somewhere else, he may just come off the market. In the meantime, it’s understandable that the Cardinals don’t see a need to have him right now.

Gregg Rosenthal's Top 100, 61-100: Doug Martin facing prove-it year
Tyler Eifert is a complete tight end, although I ranked him this high before learning that he needed ankle surgery this offseason. He hasn't proven he can stay healthy.

Duke: Football program surprises walk-on Danny Doyle with scholarship
You can hate Duke and still love watching this. Duke football coach David Cutcliffe surprised walk-on DE Danny Doyle with a scholarship ahead of his junior season.

Ravens' John Urschel gets straight A's in four PhD courses at MIT
It's hard to get your hands on him like you want to. According to his MIT profile, John Urschel is focused on spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra and machine learning.