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Bengals Bytes (8/27): Backing off

The Bengals asked Andy Dalton to do a little less of something next season. Why the Pittsburgh Steelers suck. NFL General Managers are laughing at the Chargers.

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Bengals made changes to Paul Brown Stadium this season
A select few Cincinnati Bengals fans can get within high-five range of the players as they get introduced before the game, thanks to the most prominent new feature at Paul Brown Stadium this season.

Walkthru: Bengals fantasy football primer
How Bengals will perform in fantasy football this year, plus, Twitter response to A.J. Green possibly missing a game, PFF player of the decade and flashing back to 2011

Young Cincinnati Bengals tackles hoping to crack 53-man roster
Marcus Hardison and DeShawn Williams have been through this before. As rookies in 2015 — Hardison a fourth-round pick from Arizona State, Williams an undrafted free agent from Clemson — both saw extensive action in the preseason and combined for three sacks and 11 tackles.

Cincinnati Bengals' third preseason game a dress rehearsal for Week 1
It doesn't feel like it, but the Cincinnati Bengals still have two preseason games to go, starting with Sunday night's game at the Jacksonville Jaguars. This game will tell a lot more about what type of team the Bengals will be than next Thursday's preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts. While the fourth game is mostly reserved for rookies and fringe players, they'll use the third as a dress rehearsal of sorts.

Bengals tell Andy Dalton to cut down on the tackles in 2016
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joked Thursday that he probably wouldn’t be making many tackles this year. If it’s up to the team, he won’t be making any at all. Dalton broke his thumb last season trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception in the first quarter of a game against the Steelers on Dec. 18. The Bengals went 2-2 without him, but weren’t able to make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

Bengals-Jaguars: 6 things to watch
The Bengals take the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday night for their third preseason game. Starters are expected to play longer than in either of the first two games against Minnesota and Detroit. Here are six storylines worth watching against the Jaguars.

Tyler Eifert Injury: Updates on Bengals TE's Recovery from Ankle Surgery
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Eifert is targeting a return between Weeks 4 and 6, and while he noted the tight end could push to come back in Week 3, the Bengals will be safe.

AFC North Bytes

Why Your Team Sucks 2016: Pittsburgh Steelers
Some people are fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This 2016 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group.

Johnny Manziel to CFL? It could work if he can get life straight
Johnny Manziel and the Canadian Football League could be a match made in heaven. And ESPN reports CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge would allow it (probably).

Report: Browns were asking for a second-rounder plus for Josh Gordon
Browns vice president Sashi Brown, while telling reporters the team was serious about winning now, said they weren't looking to trade wide receiver Josh Gordon. While that's technically true (at the moment), that doesn't mean there weren't attempts.

Playing Flacco in preseason makes sense, but still a risk
The Ravens feel good about their decision to play Joe Flacco on Saturday night. However, watching Tony Romo of the Cowboys grimacing in pain Thursday night was another reminder why teams have become more cautious about playing franchise quarterbacks during the preseason.

Random Bytes

Josh Brown was cited for violating protective order two months after arrest
Josh Brown, the Giants kicker whose one-game suspension has raised questions about how the NFL handles domestic violence cases, was cited last year for violating a protective order. Brown was cited for violating the protective order on July 14, 2015, ESPN reports.

Joey Bosa and the Chargers: A Toast to Stubbornness
The third overall pick has rare footing for a rookie, but it hasn’t translated into leverage over one of the NFL’s hard-line franchises. If you think Joey Bosa’s standoff with the Chargers has gone three weeks past ridiculous, you’re closer to correct than anyone involved in the negotiations.

Karlos Williams Wants to Play for the Jets
The Bills let running back Karlos Williams go last weekend. The Jets had him in for a visit earlier in this week. The free agent running back made it clear today that he wants to join Gang Green. ...

Kam Chancellor "a little surprised" by Ezekiel Elliott’s physical play
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might not like that running back Ezekiel Elliott was photographed at a legal marijuana dispensary in Seattle, but he probably likes that there wasn't any sign of a mellow Elliott in his first game action of the preseason.

Jim Harbaugh Goes After Radio Host Jim Rome on Twitter for Criticizing Him
Jim Harbaugh went after radio host Jim Rome on Twitter for criticizing the Michigan coach on his show on Tuesday. BS Sports radio host Jim Rome openly mocked Harbaugh on his show after Harbaugh walked out of a press conference earlier this week following a tense interaction with reporters.

Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott visiting marijuana dispensary: 'It's just not good'
The Dallas Cowboys got a glimpse Thursday night of what rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott can accomplish on the field. TMZ reported that Elliott visited a marijuana dispensary, Herban Legends in the Belltown, just a few minutes away from where the Cowboys later that night would play the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL General Managers Laughing at Chargers for Ruining Joey Bosa's Rookie Season
There is a resounding feeling across all of football that the rookie season of Joey Bosa isn't heading toward trouble. It isn't close to over. Actually, what three general managers said in interviews was that it is over. It's done. It's gone. The dumbass Chargers flushed it down the toilet.

Teams begin preparing for glut of cut players
Currently, NFL rosters have up to 90 players. On Tuesday, the maximum drops to 75. Four days later, the limit reduces to 53. My calculator tells me (assuming I entered the information correctly) that up to 1,184 roster moves will be made over the next eight days.