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Bengals Bytes (6/25): Keeping it in-house

Marvin Lewis explains his reasoning for promoting from within when assistant jobs open up. The Steelers release Shaun Suisham. And, the NFL has interviews lined up over PED allegations.

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Peers Recognize Dalton's Growth
When Andy Dalton was recently named the league’s 35th-best player in a survey of his peers, it was evidence that his stellar play in 2015 resulted in increased respect for the Bengals quarterback throughout the NFL.

Meet The Rookies
Season Ticket Members enjoy an afternoon meet and greet with Bengals Rookies at Paul Brown Stadium 6/21/2016.

Wilcots says Bengals will have NFL's top sack tandem in 2016
Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Geno Atkins racked up the sack numbers last season, and there's no reason to think they won't do it again this year. But will they get enough to form the NFL's top sack-producing duo? NFL Network analyst and former Bengals safety Solomon Wilcots thinks so, predicting the two will be the NFL's top sack tandem this season.

Marvin Lewis likes to keep things in-house for continuity
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has run a successful program, which means he’s had to replace assistants who earn promotions. So when offensive coordinator Hue Jackson got the Browns head coaching job this offseason, he stayed in-house for a replacement, moving quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese up a chair.

AFC North Bytes

Pittsburgh Steelers release K Shaun Suisham, sign RB Brandon Johnson
The Steelers announced Friday morning they have released veteran kicker Shaun Suisham with a failed physical designation after a "setback" in recuperating from knee surgery.

Johnny Manziel’s lawyer ‘accidentally’ sends text to AP
Johnny Manziel’s lawyer confirmed that his client is seeking a plea deal in his domestic violence case, and voiced concerns that Manziel can’t stay out of trouble, in a text to the Associated Press that the outlet calls "accidental."

Elvis Dumervil Going To Haiti To Build Homes
The Ravens veteran linebacker is going to the country where his parents were born in order to help those in need after a disastrous earthquake in 2010. He has funded a project to build 58 homes and will see the first families move in from the slums this weekend.

Random Bytes

Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews of Green Bay Packers, James Harrison of Pittsburgh Steelers to be interviewed by NFL over PED claims
Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and James Harrison are expected to meet with the NFL next month as part of an investigation into an Al-Jazeera America report on PEDs.

Wells Fargo disappointed in sign ruling in Vikings dispute
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wells Fargo is considering its options after a federal judge ordered the bank to take down office-tower rooftop signs near the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.

The PFF fantasy draft tool is LIVE
Ask any seasoned fantasy football player, and they’ll tell you one of the keys to fantasy success is mock drafts. Maybe they’ll couch it in terms of "proper preparation," but it’s true that one of the keys to getting ready for a season is seeing how the chips fall in real draft scenarios — it offers way more fantasy insight than a thin fantasy magazine you pick up at your local 7/11.

Rams have sold 63,000 season tickets
Los Angeles is ready to support the Rams. Rams COO Kevin Demoff told the Ventura County Star that the Rams have already sold 63,000 season tickets. The team’s goal is to sell 70,000 season tickets and leave the remaining seats for single-game sales.

Jets' Marshall serving up healthy _ and a bit strange _ menu
Brandon Marshall is serving up some rather interesting, if maybe not particularly palatable, food combinations for his offseason diet. The New York Jets star wide receiver is trying to lose a few pounds, at coach Todd Bowles' request, before the team begins training camp late next month.

Jay Gruden hires Jon Gruden’s son
The Nepotism Football League continues to live up to its name. In Washington, the latest keep-it-in-the-family hire comes from coach Jay Gruden hiring his brother Jon’s son, Deuce Gruden, to serve as a strength-coach intern, according to Dan Sternberg of the Washington Post.