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Bengals Bytes (8/3): Earning it

Ryan Hewitt received a three year extension Tuesday, and by doing so shows that hard work is rewarded in the NFL. The Ravens may have found their next starting running back in a former Brown. And, take a look back at the last USA Basketball team that didn't bring home the gold.

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Devon Still competing for a starting job in Houston
Devon Still's jersey became one of the NFL's top sellers in 2014, when his daughter Leah suffered from cancer and it was announced that proceeds from his jersey sales would go toward pediatric cancer research.

Former Cincinnati Bengals OT Willie Anderson returns to help team
The best right tackle in Cincinnati Bengals history was on the field tutoring the newest one at training camp Monday. Willie Anderson, a four-time Pro Bowler who made 173 starts in his 12-year career with the Bengals, will be working with 2015 first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi and the rest of the offensive linemen in a consulting role through the end of the week.

Former UB QB Joe Licata battling for roster spot with Bengals
After signing with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in May, Joe Licata is hoping to impress his new team in training camp and earn a roster spot. The former University at Buffalo star quarterback took over the starting job with the Bulls for the final four games during his freshman year and remained the starter until he took his final snap last November.

Former Fresno State star Derron Smith adapting to NFL with Bengals
Former Fresno State star Derron Smith is entering his second season in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and is looking to play a bigger role.

Camp report: Hill returns to familiar ground
And on the fifth day of training camp, the Bengals went live. They always go live on the goal line, the only true time in training camp, really. It’s pretty much the only time the defense can tackle the running back, but on Tuesday before 1,150 fans on the practice fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium they didn’t tackle Hill in time on two of the three-run snaps from the 3 against the backup defense.

Listen: Ryan Hewitt talks about his new contract
The Bengals signed H-Back Ryan Hewitt a contract extension today. The 3-year contract extension is reportedly worth $7.5 million. He also received a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Camp report: rain doesn't dampen defense
The public couldn’t see the Bengals’ first day in full pads Monday because after a storm blew through downtown Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis opted not to tear up the grass practice fields and moved the workout to the Paul Brown Stadium synthetic game field.

Injuries hit home; Versatile Hewitt finds home through '19
After the undrafted Ryan Hewitt finished his rookie year in 2014, the Bengals though they had the best fullback in the league. On Tuesday they put their thoughts on paper when they extended him three more years through the 2019 season, the earliest they could jump on an undrafted player.

AFC North Bytes

Injury roundup: Odell Beckham (leg) works with trainer
Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson has suffered a Lisfranc injury that could keep him out up to 12 weeks, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported, per a source informed of the injury

Ravens RB Terrance West's dream of starting could turn into reality
In what seemed like an improbability a year ago may just happen for Terrance West in 2016. The running back has put himself in position of fulfilling a dream and starting for his hometown Baltimore Ravens.

Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman rose from violent streets, forgave imprisoned father on inspirational journey to NFL
The young man who often heard loud pops of gunfire as a boy listened to the sweet sound of a dream come true while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hugged him and spoke into his right ear.

Random Bytes

Zimmer not troubled by players fighting
The Vikings have been mixing it up in practice. Their head coach has no problem with that. "It’s not a big deal,’’ Zimmer said after a pair of scuffles in practice on Monday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Sometimes it’s good.

Red, White and Bronze: The death and rebirth of USA Basketball, an oral history of the 2004 men's Olympic team
Facebook Twitter Email Tumblr An oral history of the U.S. men's basketball team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the subsequent restructuring of USA Basketball

Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals Agree to New Contract
he Arizona Cardinals and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu reached an agreement Tuesday on a massive contract extension. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathieu's new deal with the Cardinals is for five years at about $12 million per season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal is worth a total of $62.5 million with $40 million in guaranteed money.

Kellen Moore Injury: Updates on Cowboys QB's Leg and Return
Per David Helman of the Cowboys' official website, Moore was not putting any weight on his right leg while being helped off the field. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Moore suffered either a broken leg or ankle and did not address a potential move for the team, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

Dwight Freeney to Sign with Falcons
It’s 2016, and linebacker Dwight Freeney just signed another new contract. That is a testament to his overall skill set and durability as he prepares for another season at the age of 36. Freeney apparently showed enough with the Arizona Cardinals down the stretch of the 2015 campaign that the Atlanta Falcons are planning to sign him to a one-year deal on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 2
With the first weekend of training camp complete, teams across the NFL are operating at full gear with only five days before the first preseason contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers.