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Bengals Bytes (5/27): Blame it on the mic

Marvin Lewis has an impressive resume, but the lack of a playoff win ruins it. Ravens get their punishment for breaking practice rules, and Aaron Rodgers isn't a fan of the access fans are getting.

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'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 70 Carlos Dunlap
DE Carlos Dunlap is voted the 70th-best player in the NFL by his peers on "Top 100 Players of 2016."

'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 67 Andrew Whitworth
Andrew Whitworth is voted the 67th-best player in the NFL by his peers on "Top 100 Players of 2016."

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, QB Andy Dalton 'like a bolt nut'
Whether it was in one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens or full-team drills, it didn't matter. Whenever Andy Dalton threw a football in A.J. Green's direction during the Cincinnati Bengals' open organized team activity practice Tuesday, the veteran wide receiver was practically assured of catching the pass, regardless of how good the coverage on him was. There might have been just one throw all day in which they didn't connect.

Andy Dalton to A.J. Green the calm amid Bengals' change
As Andy Dalton walked to the line of scrimmage for his first 11-on-11 play of the 2016 season, he spied to his right and no longer around were Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, their 286 passes gone to green pastures.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on hot seat for playoff past
Just a few months ago, the Bengals were 22 seconds away from securing the franchise’s first playoff victory since the 1990 season, and coach Marvin Lewis was 22 seconds away from quieting—maybe even banishing—the narrative that he cannot win playoff games, which has followed him for nearly a decade. Instead, Lewis is working through another off-season without a playoff victory to his name. And while his regular-season success is undeniable, there’s no question that Lewis is facing the pressure to get that elusive win this year.

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Report: Peyton Manning won’t sue Al Jazeera
Peyton Manning has plenty of decisions to make, now that he has retired. One of the first decisions he made was a smart one. Christine Brennan of USA Today reports that Manning won’t be suing Al Jazeera over the report that HGH was delivered to Manning’s wife in 2011, while Manning was dealing with chronic neck problems.

Texans sign third-round pick Braxton Miller
The Texans drafted a pair of wide receivers last month and they got one of them under contract on Thursday. According to multiple reports, the Texans have signed third-round pick Braxton Miller.

Chris Berman’s agent denies report of looming retirement
Chris Berman is retiring. Unless he isn’t. In response to a report that the George Ehhh-weeah-ashington of ESPN’s Mt. Rushmore is retiring after the 2016 NFL season, Berman’s agent tells Richard Sandomir of the New York Times that Berman isn’t calling it quits.

Aaron Rodgers blames being mic’d up for Randall Cobb’s punctured lung
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t exactly been a fan of technology creeping onto the field. He doesn’t enjoy having cameramen on the field and microphones picking up everything said at the line of scrimmage.

Ravens Fined, Lose 1 Week of OTAs for Violating Offseason Workout Rules
The Baltimore Ravens have been hit with a punishment from the NFL for violating the league's collective bargaining agreement by using full pads at a rookie minicamp.   Per the Ravens' official Twitter account, they are required to forfeit one week of organized team activities from June 1-3, with the team and head coach John Harbaugh also being issued separate fines for the violation.

Seattle Seahawks 'counting on' returns of Thomas Rawls, Jimmy Graham for Week 1
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham are on track to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.