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Bengals Bytes (6/21): Fresh start

Could the Cavs have lifted the curse that seems to follow all of Ohio sports? What the AFC North beat reporters think of the Browns starting Robert Griffin. Greg Hardy makes a sad attempt to fix his image.

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Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster projection includes WR Jake Kumerow
The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their offseason program on Thursday and are expected to open training camp in late July at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Here's a 53-man roster projection.

With Cavs lifting one Ohio sports curse, could Bengals be next?
I must admit, this post was inspired by several of my more optimistic Twitter followers (Wait, optimism on Twitter? Is there such a thing?) who felt inspired by the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 7 win in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. Moments after the final whistle sounded and a sea of Cavs players poured onto the court to celebrate with a weeping LeBron James, I posted this tweet.

Learning is Cool Academic Achievement Celebration
Marvin Lewis Community Fund host Learning Is Cool Academic Achievement Celebration on at the Cincinnati Zoo

Jones hosts free football camp
Adam Jones hosted a free youth football camp at La Salle High School on June 18th. Here's a video from the event.

LaFell says he'll be back to 2014 form for Bengals
Brandon LaFell never seemed to regain his 2014 form after being activated off of the physically unable to perform list last season. But as he starts the next chapter of his career alongside quarterback Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, LaFell he says he's at full strength.

AFC North Bytes

AFC North Q&A: Did Browns make right move bringing in Robert Griffin?
Today's question: Was the Cleveland Browns' move to bring in Robert Griffin III a smart one that will yield positive results, or is it another case of the Browns casting wildly at any solution on two feet?

6 players in danger of not making the Steelers 53-man roster in 2016
Aside from some obvious camp bodies, and the usual suspects, I believe there are several Steelers, new and old, who could be in danger of not making the 2016 roster. Here is my educated guess as to who's in danger of not having a roster spot this season.

Ravens' 53-man roster projection includes Navy's Keenan Reynolds
The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their offseason program on Thursday and open training camp on July 28 at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. Here’s a 53-man roster projection.

Random Bytes

Clemson's Deshaun Watson leads top CFB QBs to watch in 2016
Lance Zierlein's position-by-position look at the top CFB players to watch begins with quarterbacks. Clemson's Deshaun Watson leads the list of signal-callers NFL scouts will be eyeing this fall.

Jamison Crowder believes Redskins receivers are best in NFL
With the emergence of Kirk Cousins as a legitimate starting quarterback last season, the Washington Redskins offense posted its best season since 2012. Cousins passed for 4,166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as Washington’s offense ranked 11th in the league in passing last year.

Lawyer says charges against Cam Robinson were weak from the start
According to his defense attorney, the reasons stolen gun and drug charges against Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson were dropped went far beyond the fact he sweats while you have air conditioning. According to Michael Casagrande of, attorney Joe Guerriero said the felony cases against Robinson and teammate Laurence "Hootie" Jones were weak from the start.

NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes
The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special teams coordinators from all 32 teams to discuss the kickoff play and ways to make it safer, two people with knowledge of the call told USA TODAY Sports.

The public polishing of Greg Hardy’s image continues on Twitter
All the attempts this offseason to fix the image of former Panthers and Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy haven’t resulted in him getting another job. But he’s continuing to try to present a softer image.