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Bengals Bytes (6/28): Offseason of loss

A former Bengals linebacker was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. James Harrison says the NFL has to come to him if they want to interview him about PED use. How naive is Adam Schefter?

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Training camp preview: Cincinnati Bengals
Conor Orr is breaking down all 32 teams across the league, and previews what to expect come training camp in July. Will the Cincinnati Bengals be able to rebound from key offseason losses?

Dan Skuta arrested, charged with misdemeanor battery
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested in the early morning of Sunday, June 19th on misdemeanor battery charges, according to the Orange County Clerk of Courts website. According to the police report, Skuta had an altercation with a female after asking her for her phone number.

Jeff Luc trying out with Bengals as a fullback
Jeff Luc was the No. 1-rated linebacker in the country when he graduated from Treasure Coast High School following the 2009 prep football season. He went on to a successful college career at the University of Cincinnati, after two seasons at Florida State, but now is trying his hand on the other side of the ball as his possible ticket to an NFL roster.

Hometown clinic: NFL player Tate keeps giving back
Brandon Tate has been in the NFL long enough that the Cummings High School graduate is a veteran in the league. But for a few hours Saturday afternoon back on his high school campus, it was about the kids again. Tate’s free clinic for youngsters drew about 200 participants.

Should The Bengals Give Marvin Lewis Another Chance?
With a roster full of talent and potential, the Cincinnati Bengals are set to win. Will Marvin Lewis get another chance, if they don’t take it all?

Former Bengals linebacker arrested in Florida
Former Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta was recently arrested in Orlando, Fla., and charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly got violent with a woman who rebuffed his advances, but his attorney says the claim by the woman is completely bogus.

AFC North Bytes

James Harrison of Pittsburgh Steelers says NFL meeting must be at his house with commissioner Roger Goodell
James Harrison wrote in an Instagram post late Sunday that his meeting with NFL investigators must take place at his house and that commissioner Roger Goodell must attend.

Steelers sign RB Brandon Johnson to fill Shaun Suisham's spot on 90-man roster - Behind the Steel Curtain
The Steelers had to fill Shaun Suisham's roster spot on their 90-man offseason roster, and did so by bringing in RB Brandon Johnson.

Attorney who sent errant text withdraws from Johnny Manziel's case
An attorney who inadvertently sent a text message to The Associated Press expressing doubt about whether Johnny Manziel could stay clean has withdrawn from representing Manziel in his domestic violence case. Manziel's spokeswoman, Denise C. Michaels, tweeted Monday that associate attorney Bob Hinton was leaving the case, information she said was confirmed by Manziel's lead attorney, Jim Darnell.

Ravens hopes Mike Wallace returns to level of play with Steelers
Playing with a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh brought out the best in wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Ravens hope playing with Joe Flacco will make Wallace a lethal weapon again.

AFC North Q&A: Are the Browns revolutionizing the NFL with analytics?
Are the Cleveland Browns revolutionizing the NFL by bringing in former Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta and increasing the reliance on analytics, or will this flame out in a couple of years the way most Browns' coaches' careers do?

Random Bytes

Meet the 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports
There was a time when sports was considered a man's world—but that's ancient history now. Whether it's breaking records, influencing thinking, making money or striving past what were once thought to be the limits of human ability, these women represent the best in the game—whatever that game happens to be. Tennis ace Serena Williams is synonymous with winning, the NFL's Dawn Hudson has helped her league persevere through some of its darkest days, and Hannah Storm has set gold-medal standards for TV sports journalism. A handful of our selections in Adweek's inaugural 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports have been Adweek Brand Geniuses of years past. It's the first of hopefully many more years of showcasing the best of the best, as the playing field fills up with more success stories every year. Congratulations to this year's winners, who will be celebrated during the Clio Sports gala in New York on July 7.

Aaron Hernandez friend pleads guilty to accessory charge in Odin Lloyd murder
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in April 2015 and sentenced to life in prison. One of the friends that helped Hernandez on the June 2013 night he killed Lloyd in Massachusetts is headed behind bars as well.

The NFL's 100 most important people
From Jerry Jones to Les Snead, the USA TODAY Sports NFL staff selects the biggest game changers in the league. Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston makes the list at No. 55 and Marvin Lewis isn't too far behind at No. 63.

Should sports media members discuss politics publicly?
SI’s Richard Deitsch conducted a roundtable discussion with some of the most prominent people in today’s sports media to discuss engaging in politics on social media. ​

I Can't Believe Adam Schefter Is Really This Naive
A useful exercise in Richard Deitsch’s column today, as he asks seven sports media members for their opinions on whether it’s their place to introduce politics into their work. And the most bearish of them all is NFL robot Adam Schefter.

Each NFL team's most overrated player since 2000: Hindsight hurts, fans | Sporting News
It’s that label no NFL player wants to inherit — overrated. Once that tag is affixed to an NFL player, it’s hard to shake off. Only overrated is such a subjective term. It might be a top draft pick who didn’t perform as expected. Or a high-priced free agent. Or a fan favorite who simply wasn’t as good as everybody thought he was.

NFL to Interview Players Connected to Al Jazeera America Report on PEDs
The NFL will be conducting interviews with three players who were tied to performance-enhancing drugs by an Al Jazeera America report from last December. According to an article published on Friday by Tom Pelissero of USA Today, NFL Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs Adolpho Birch said in a letter to NFL Players Association counsel Heather McPhee that the league will interview Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison when their teams open training camp at the end of July.