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Bengals Bytes (6/29): Juggernaut

The Bengals have developed one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Does Ben Roethlisberger deserve to be in the elite of the NFL? The sports community remembers Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan.

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Marvin Lewis: 'Buddy Ryan had a huge impact on me'
As the NFL world reacted to the passing of legendary defensive mind and personality Buddy Ryan on Tuesday, inevitable remembrances began about the 1985 Bears defense. Arguably, the champions of Super Bowl XX, led by head coach Mike Ditka and Ryan as coordinator, go down as the best defense in the history of football.

Cincinnati Bengals WRs coach: Rookie Tyler Boyd is 'going to help us'
Bengals WRs coach James Urban on second-round pick Tyler Boyd: "He's really crafty, knows how to catch the ball, takes good angles, knows the game."

The Bengals offensive line has become a juggernaut
The Cincinnati Bengals have been blessed with drafting the right players over the last few years, and their offensive line shows for it. The Bengals offensive line has been one of the best units in the league over the last few seasons, and even if Andre Smith left in free agency they have the ability to plug in play with other players.

Bengals Strong
Kim Wood left the NFL weight rooms more than a decade ago, but the headlines he has zealously culled from Roy Rogers to Roger Goodell have never left and the men he knew who "ran on their own gas,’ may never be more relevant.

Top 3 most underrated offenses
They may not always put up eye popping numbers, but it doesn't mean they aren't good. Here are the 3 most underrated offenses in the NFL.

Bengals Need Big Season From Darqueze Dennard
When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Darqueze Dennard out of Michigan State with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, it looked like the Bengals were going to be set at cornerback for a very long time. Everyone expected big things from Dennard and the common though was that he would work his way up the depth chart throughout the season and by 2015 the Bengals would have themselves a shutdown cornerback.

Former Ravens LT Monroe in no rush to find next team
Former Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe says he is still weighing his options following his release from the team on June 15.  Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday, Monroe said he wanted to make a smart decision on his NFL future, rather than just a fast one.

AFC North Bytes

Former Ravens LT Monroe in no rush to find next team
Former Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe says he is still weighing his options following his release from the team on June 15.  Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday, Monroe said he wanted to make a smart decision on his NFL future, rather than just a fast one.

Jim Brown gets $600,000 to dismiss lawsuit against Electronic Arts
Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown received $600,000 from video-game maker Electronic Arts to dismiss a case brought by the Pro Football Hall of Famer for his unauthorized appearance in the company's "Madden" video game. The judgment, which was announced Tuesday by Hagens Berman, the firm representing him, will be entered in the court record in the coming days.

AFC North Q&A: Does Ben Roethlisberger merit Top 3 QB conversation?
With his mix of field-stretching throws and accuracy, Ben Roethlisberger is making his presence felt in the debate of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks. Considering stout competition across the league, does Big Ben belong in the conversation of the top-three quarterbacks in game?

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Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82
Buddy Ryan, who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Pat Summitt death: Peyton Manning remembers Lady Vols coach
Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning shared his reaction to Pat Summitt’s death on SportsCenter on Tuesday morning after the announcement that the legendary women’s basketball coach had died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Steph Curry and the end of the Warriors’ underdog era
Curry’s season was phenomenal, but the unanimous vote became a twisted indictment of the great players who were previously shafted out of unanimous MVP awards.

Pat Summitt's most memorable quotes
Legendary Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who died Tuesday morning, was known for her memorable quotes, many of which shed light on her leadership style and work ethic. Here's a look back at some of the ones she'll be remembered for.

Rams CB Coty Sensabaugh and his fiancé will forgo their honeymoon to distribute thousands of shoes to the needy in the Dominican Republic
On what will surely be one of the biggest days of their lives, Coty Sensabaugh and Dominique Jordan will be helping people they’ve never met in the Dominican Republic. In lieu of traditional wedding presents, they’ve asked their guests and others to donate shoes or money to Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization whose primary objective is to provide shoes to those in need. Over the past 10 years, the organization has collected 26 million pairs of shoes and distributed them in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.

Jason Day, World’s Top Golfer, Pulls Out of Olympics Over Zika Fears
Jason Day, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, became the latest player to pull out of the Olympics because of concern over the Zika virus. "The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family," he said in a statement.

Dr. Z's Memoirs: A Life in Journalism
From schoolboy sports at the Sac Bee to the national spotlight at Sports Illustrated, Paul Zimmerman bridged eras while always maintaining his distinctive style. Here, excerpted from his unpublished memoirs, is the story of his career in ... well, just don’t call it media.

Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL
Over the years, the NFL has transitioned from run-heavy offenses to ones that involve a great deal of passing plays. The game is more explosive now than it has ever been before, and a big reason for that is the incredible talent that the game's young receivers possess. Not to mention, quarterbacks are playing better than ever -- with several throwing for 4,000-plus yards on a regular basis.

Neurologist found protein associated with CTE in Kosta Karageorge's brain
A neurologist who posthumously examined the brain of former Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge said she found a protein that's associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Pat Summitt inspired a generation of basketball players
Pat Summitt brought respect to women's college basketball and made young players -- even those who weren't good enough to suit up for the Lady Vols -- want to be the best.

Dinner, wine and laughs with Buddy Ryan, who made football fun again
In the wake of Buddy Ryan's death, Reuben Frank remembers the former Eagles coach as the man who made football fun again.

2016 NBA Finals: LeBron James & Cavaliers Give Cleveland Sports Fans a Win
After the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 6, the plan was to write an article reflecting on Game 7 as a displaced East Coast Cleveland fan. I wrote an entire draft assuming they’d lose -- waxing poetic about the values of Cleveland, and how we keep loving despite our continued losing. And then they won it all.

Adrian Peterson's latest complaints prove again that he doesn't get it
The idiotic sports comment of the past week belonged to one of the most obtuse and self-absorbed athletes of recent years — Adrian Peterson. The Vikings running back said in an ESPN interview that he may quit playing pro football early because he doesn't like the NFL offseason and training camp schedules.

Ex-Colts RB Zurlon Tipton dies from accidental gunshot
Former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton died after he accidentally shot himself Tuesday morning at a Michigan car dealership. He was reaching into his vehicle to get a bag containing two handguns when one discharged, hitting him in the stomach.