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Bengals Bytes (6/14): A good one gone

Former NFL defensive lineman Bryan Robinson tragically passed away this past weekend. While he only spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, he made an impact that's still felt to this day.

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Bengals Bytes

Impact of Bryan Robinson still felt -
Former NFL defensive lineman Bryan Robinson was pronounced dead on Saturday after being found in a Milwaukee hotel room. Robinson spent three seasons with Cincinnati from 2005 through 2007, and his impact is still felt within the Bengals locker room.

Bengals rotate into minicamp
The locker room overheard Bengals defensive tackle Marcus Hardison last week after practice talking about how he can throw a football 80 yards. So, as will often happen in said locker room, challenges were hurled and bets were proposed with backup quarterback AJ McCarron and defensive back Josh Shaw in the middle of it all.

Social media stars on all 32 NFL teams: Cornerback Adam Jones reps Bengals - ESPN
There is no question Bengals cornerback Adam Jones is a must-follow on social media. ESPN's NFL Nation reporters highlight a social media standouts on all 32 teams.

As Bengals search for answers at receiver, Mario Alford needs to 'fight'
Near the beginning of one Cincinnati Bengals practice about two weeks ago, Mario Alford look poised for a breakout morning. During one of the first seven-on-seven drills of the day, he jumped up high for a pass over the middle that quarterback Andy Dalton put in just the right spot, and came down with it. The fluid movements that went into the catch made it seem as though Alford and Dalton had been connecting that way for years.

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Report: 'Absolutely' a shot Breshad Perriman could return for Ravens season -
you never want to see this happen to anyone. Breshad Perriman, the Ravens' first-round pick in 2015, missed his entire rookie year due to a knee injury, and now a new injury is threatening his 2016 season. Not exactly a good introduction to the NFL.

Ten players who aren't getting attention they deserve -
Anyone else tired of hearing about Sam Bradford and Colin Kaepernick? Beyond the hyper-obvious QB situations, who isn't getting the attention they deserve? Let's take a gander at this list, which has six guys the Bengals will face in 2016.

Exploring aftermath of Emily Austen’s racist remarks - SI
In his weekly Media Circus column, SI’s Richard Deitsch polls a series of sports media executives and examines if sports broadcasters can come back after making racist comments.  Austen has been taken off the air by Fox Sports after she was caught on video making racist comments about Mexican, Jewish and Chinese people.

Bill Simmons Prepares to Stand Up to Sports Incorporated - The New York Times
The influential sportswriter and commentator, who was fired from ESPN after making incendiary remarks concerning the National Football League, begins a new show on HBO on June 22. Simmons' new talk show will be about sports and pop culture and will be called "Any Given Wednesday." And earlier this month, Simmons introduced his new multimedia company, The Ringer, whose main site is inspired by the well-regarded sports and pop culture hub he founded at ESPN in the form of Grantland.

Tiki Barber states Kirk Cousins is the best quarterback in the NFC East -
It’s certainly no secret that former Giants running back Tiki Barber never truly reconciled with the team prior to his retirement (especially considering they won a Super Bowl the year after he retired). Needless to say, he didn’t help his case by stating that Washington’s Kirk Cousins is the best quarterback in the NFC East over both the Giants’ Eli Manning and the CowboysTony Romo.

Gronkowski still vague about his absence from minicamp practice - ProFootballTalk
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced at Monday's OTA session, but still had nothing to say about why he didn't practice during last week's mandatory minicamp, or if there's any friction between he and New England.

Big Ben Says Trump Full Of S&%$; Did Not Endorse, Will Not Speak At GOP Convention - Deadspin
Ben Roethlisberger is scrambling in the pocket as the Steelers quarterback denies Donald Trump after the Republican candidate claimed he had the Steelers quarterback’s endorsement and planned to have Big Ben speak at the GOP convention.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox gets six-year extension - ESPN
Eagles Pro Bowl defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has signed a six-year extension with the team. The deal is worth $103 million with $63 million in guaranteed money.

Sources: Baylor regents to vote on 1-year suspension for Briles - Scout
As if Baylor couldn't look any worse, they find a way to look more repulsive. It's unclear if there are enough votes to bring back Briles as football coach at Baylor in 2017. But the push to have the regents vote on a one-year suspension for Briles on Monday is being driven by some of the biggest big-money donors at the school - many of whom helped fund BU's $300 million football stadium that opened in 2014.

Mike Carey is out as the rules expert for CBS -
CBS is moving on without Mike Carey as the network's NFL rules expert, according to Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News, following two years of Carey getting consistently criticized and ridiculed for being wrong more often than fans were willing to put up with.

Former NBA Player Nate Robinson Works Out For Seahawks -
Looking to pursue an NFL career after a decade in the NBA, Seattle native Nate Robinson worked out for the Seahawks Monday. Robinson attended Washington on a football scholarship before deciding to focus on basketball after playing both sports as a freshman. Never give up on your dreams.

Xbox's 'Project Scorpio' promises 4K gaming and virtual reality play - Mashable
The next major addition to the Xbox family is coming next year sd Microsoft has revealed the long-rumored Project Scorpio, an enhanced version of the Xbox One that's capable of running 4K-native games, and also supports virtual reality.

DraftKings-FanDuel merger: A look at the legal hurdles
According to Bloomberg and other media sources, FanDuel and DraftKings are in talks to merge. Together, the rival companies control about 95% of the daily fantasy sports marketplace in North America.