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Bengals Bytes (5/9): Making a star

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The Bengals weren't messing around at rookie minicamp, and signed several players trying out for the team. Take a look at what it takes to be a star... or at least wear one on your uniform.

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No kidding at camp
With all due respect, again, to Cincinnati sports talk show master Lance McAlister, and the maven of Monday Morning Quarterbacks, Peter King, here are a few things I Think I Believe from the Bengals rookie minicamp that ended Sunday.

AFC North: Equal Playing Field
After the aftermath of the NFL Draft, and congratulating a few personal friends on being selected or picked up, it is time to look at the AFC North as a whole.

Linebacker, corner headline Bengals tryout signings
The Cincinnati Bengals increased their roster size to 90 at the end of their three-day rookie mini-camp on Sunday by signing four of the 19 players they invited in for tryouts. The team signed place kicker Jonathan Brown out of Louisville, cornerback Corey Tindal out of Marshall, linebacker Gionni Paul out of Utah and interior lineman Trip Thurman out of Florida.

Report: Dominique Easley worked out for Bengals
Defensive tackle Dominique Easley hasn’t landed a new job since being released by the Patriots this offseason, but he’s reportedly spent some time trying to convince teams to bring him on board.

5 observations from Sunday Bengals mini-camp
Here are five observations from the third and final day of Bengals rookie mini-camp on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers on hand as Randall Cobb graduates
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