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Bengals Bytes (6/7): Taking on Manziel

Brandon Lafell talks about why he chose to join the Bengals. A.J. Green and Adam Jones open up their camps for kids. A former GM talks about how hard it is to add a player like Johnny Manziel to your roster.

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LaFell Seeks Second Ring In Cincinnati
"Andy (Dalton) is a great guy and a great young quarterback that’s been producing year in and year out and been getting his team better year in and year out," LaFell said. "This team has been winning for the last six or seven years – since Andy’s been in the league and before that when they had Chad (Johnson) and those guys. I wanted to come in to a great situation where I had an opportunity to play with a good quarterback, get a lot of playing time, and to win. Since I’ve been here, that’s all I’ve been seeing."

Green camp set for July 14-15
There have become two rites of passage during an A.J. Green season since he joined the Bengals in 2011. He starts it hosting a youth camp at Sycamore High School on the eve of training camp and ends it in the Pro Bowl.

With Tyler Eifert out, ending mental errors new focus for backup TEs
Once during the Cincinnati Bengals' most recent open organized team activity (OTA) practice, backup tight end C.J. Uzomah went down to the ground after a ball had been thrown his way. He had just dropped a pass.

Adam Jones offers free camp
Bengals Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones is holding a free camp for the first 400 kids that sign up at La Salle High School on June 18. It is first come, first served with registration beginning at 2 p.m. at the La Salle football field. The camp is from 5-9 p.m. with free food and instruction from Jones, many of the Bengals rookies, and some of the veterans.

Ronald McDonald Rookie Visit
Cincinnati Bengals rookies visit Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, OH.

Ali still rumbles in this jungle
The photo of Ali from that day in Georgetown on Kevin Coyle's bulletin board. It turns out that Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson, whose boyhoods on opposite coasts were mesmerized by the deeds and words of Muhammad Ali, both have signed Ali boxing gloves hanging in their homes.

Vontaze Burfict Suspension Might Not Matter to Bengals
Vontaze Burfict is the emotional leader on this defense. Unfortunately, the Bengals’ linebacker will be suspended for the first three games of the season, due to his hit on Antonio Brown in the Wildcard game and history. Burfict missing from this roster will be a loss to this team, but is it something they can overcome?

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Ray Farmer talks about the responsibility needed to take on a player like Manziel
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Embarrassed Cavs looking more and more like NBA's Buffalo Bills
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Chargers-Allen extension talks still in early phase
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Marshawn Lynch says he’s done playing football
Running back Marshawn Lynch, deliberately or not, has created an air of mystery regarding pretty much everything he does, due in large part to an intense reluctance to speak publicly. He has decided to speak publicly for the first time about his decision to retire, with Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports. And Lynch has spoken as clearly as possible about his future.