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Bengals Bytes (5/30): 'The time is now'

Tyler Boyd surfaces as a dark horse candidate for OROY. Julian Edelman just wants his quarterback back, and a new promotional video about moving the Raiders to Las Vegas was released.

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Bengals Podcast: Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, and OTA's
Tyler Eifert is out for the next three months with surgery, which means Tyler Kroft will get some well needed reps with Andy Dalton. It also means Ryan Hewitt could also be looking at some reps in the tight end spot, and we can’t forget C.J. Uzomah or Jake Fisher.

Tyler Boyd Could Be Surprise OROY Candidate
At the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft lists were made naming some of the potential candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. If you peered over those lists you would have found the usual candidates listed like Jared Goff, Ezekiel Elliott and Josh Doctson. I even saw someone mention Tampa Bay kicker Roberto Aguayo listed as a viable contender.

How Eifert Injury Changes Fantasy TE Landscape
Fantasy owners were dealt the first major injury to star tight ends this calendar year when it was announced last week that Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert would need ankle surgery to repair a “loose ligament”. Former NFL head team physician David Chao reports Eifert will require 3-4 months to recover and could miss the first couple games of the 2016 regular season.

Random Bytes

How can Mark Sanchez succeed with the Broncos?
NFL Media's Dan Hellie, Heath Evans, and Shaun O'Hara discuss Mark Sanchez's potential success with the Broncos.

Patriots' Julian Edelman Yells 'Free Brady' on Stage at Music Festival in Boston
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is just like the rest of Patriots nation—all he wants is for his quarterback to be cleared of wrongdoing in the never-ending Deflategate saga. On Saturday night, Edelman got the crowd at the Boston Calling Music Festival going by leaving the stage on the highest of notes. And all it took was two words. "Free Brady!"

Fitzpatrick offer: Three years, $24 million
The suddenly public (sort of) back-and-forth continues between the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Two days after the Jets (and, yes, it was the Jets) leaked to anyone who was listening that their longstanding offer to Fitzpatrick pays out $12 million in the first year of a three-year deal, multiple reports (undoubtedly instigated by Camp Fitz) indicate that the deal has a total base value of $24 million over three years.

WATCH: Promo for new stadium in Las Vegas adds momentum to a Raiders move
The Raiders might move to Las Vegas. They might stay put in Oakland. At this point, it's still unknown. But Mark Davis' interest in moving his franchise to Las Vegas is certainly feeling like an actual possibility. A video titled "The Time is Now" and published by the Support Las Vegas Dome group on Thursday fed the project more momentum.

Malcolm Butler's contract status part of larger issue facing Patriots

Cornerback Malcolm Butler was one of 17 players who didn't participate in Thursday's voluntary organized team activity. While the reason for his absence is not known, I wouldn't be surprised if it was related to his contract status. Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract before the 2016 season, and staying off the field in voluntary workouts would be a decision that limits injury risk and also could be viewed as a statement to the organization that he's unhappy with the status quo and/or the movement/specifics of contract talks.