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Bengals Bytes (8/4): Piling up

It seems to be one injury after another early in camp for the Bengals. Two Cleveland first round picks got into a fight on Wednesday. And, see why interior defensive linemen are more important than fans think.

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Cam Newton, Carson Palmer among QBs who can win first ring

Ready for some fresh faces to hoist the Lombardi? Gil Brandt ranks the QBs with the best chances to win that first Super Bowl, from do-it-all heroes (Cam Newton) to system studs (Teddy Bridgewater).

Hobson's Choice: injuries return after placid 2015 camp

The Bengals seem to have weathered the early spate of injuries without a devastating loss, but, you’re right. It is such a stark contrast to last year’s ultra-healthy run that was almost unworldly. Now they’re like every other team, it seems, dealing with something or other.

6 Bengals training camp observations

Five days of training camp are in the books for the Cincinnati Bengals, so on their first off day, Enquirer beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. give you their six observations through the first week of camp.

5 observations/notes from Aug. 2 Bengals training camp: Hewitt inks extension

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here are five observations and notes from the Bengals' fifth day of training camp, which was held on Tuesday at the practice fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium:- Valuable blue-collar fullback/tight end Hewitt signs extension.

Steelers, Bengals may fight to sign FA defensive backs

After three grueling games against one another, the Steelers and Bengals continued to battle during draft weekend, with Cincinnati drafting several players Pittsburgh had previously targeted.

Walkthru: Back in the day, camp wasn't like this

Following a heck of news day at training camp that included a bevy of injuries, the Cincinnati Bengals are getting a much-needed day off today. Paul Dehner Jr. and I will keep you up to date on further developments on that end, but for today’s Walkthru I decided to catch up with a couple of the O.G.’s in the locker room when it came to what camp was like "back in their day."

Tom House, Former MLB Pitcher turned QB Guru

In a special video report, MMQB senior reporter Albert Breer looks into how former MLB hurler Tom House has become a guru to top NFL QBs. Breer visited House, who’s found a second life working with some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.

Bengals bring back cornerback Corey Tindal

The Bengals lost first-round pick William Jackson to a torn pectoral muscle this week and Darqueze Dennard is dealing with a sprained ankle, leaving the team a little shorthanded at cornerback.

Bengals' Tyler Kroft: Hyperextends knee Tuesday

Kroft hyperextended his knee during Tuesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Kroft was filling Tyler Eifert's shoes due to the latter's continued recovery from ankle surgery. After suffering his own injury, though, Kroft could be sidelined for a spell in training camp. While a timetable won't be established until he undergoes an MRI on Wednesday morning, Ryan Hewitt is the next man up in the TE hierarchy in Cincinnati.

AFC North Bytes

New Field Gets Rave Reviews From Players After Stadium Practice

As much as Monday night’s open practice at M&T Bank Stadium was a test for the young players to see how they responded to a stadium atmosphere, it was also a trial run for the new natural grass that was installed this offseason. The Ravens switched to a natural grass surface this offseason, and the players were impressed with the condition of the field.

Antonio Brown says he has more swag now, after Vontaze Burfict’s dirty hit

"You’ve gotta be more aggressive. You play this game long enough, you’re gonna get hit. That just comes as part of playing football and being in the game. And obviously that hit actually won us the game, so that’s called taking one for the team," Antonio Brown said.

Watch sparks fly after Corey Coleman beats Justin Gilbert for a TD catch

The Browns had a clash of first-rounders Tuesday after rookie receiver Corey Coleman beat cornerback Justin Gilbert on a touchdown pass and the two had to be separated. Coleman, who's had an outstanding camp, put a move on Gilbert in one-on-one drills and cruised in easily for a touchdown catch.

Random Bytes

Triplets rankings: Cowboys, Packers boast top groups

Football's back! And so, too, are my rankings of the NFL's best triplets. For the uninitiated, the great '90s Cowboys were headlined by QB Troy Aikman, RB Emmitt Smith and WR Michael Irvin -- a.k.a. "The Triplets." A couple years back, I was inspired to concoct a current Triplets pecking order. Now, in my fifth edition, I'm ranking the trios based on projected Week 1 starters. (Sorry, Steelers and Pats fans: Suspensions hurt.) Another thing: I've ranked the players in each position group from 1 to 32, then inverted those ranking numbers (e.g., Adrian Peterson is my No. 1 RB, so he gets 32 points). I also multiplied the QB's score by 1.5, as it's universally regarded as the most important position of the three. Adding up those point totals, I determined each trio's ranking. One last note: "Previous rank" refers to my last Triplets entry from November.

Donovan McNabb trashes Eagles' quarterback moves this offseason

Former Eagles star Donovan McNabb doesn't hold back when discussing the team's moves at quarterback. The Philadelphia Eagles made a concerted effort to shore up the quarterback position this offseason. In fact, they may have gone a bit overboard in doing so. Not only did they sign Sam Bradford to a two-year extension, but they inked Chase Daniel to a $21 million deal to be the backup.

Seahawks Michael Bennett Patriots Martellus Bennett vs Everyone

Michael and Martellus Bennett are brutally honest: Just ask them about Roger Goodell, Jay Cutler or, say, the entire structure of the NFL. Over three days in L.A., that's just what we did.

Nick Foles Reportedly to Sign with Chiefs

Following being released by the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Nick Foles has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs, a source told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed Garafolo's earlier report.

Projecting future NFL Hall of Famers - Will Eli Manning of New York Giants, Cam Newton of Carolina Panthers make Pro Football Hall of Fame?

There are between 45 and 50 Hall of Famers suiting up to play at any one time in the NFL. During the 1980 season, 50 future Hall of Famers played at least one game. During the 1990 season, the figure was again 50. The 2000 season has delivered only 35 Hall of Famers to date, but as recent retirees like Ray Lewis and Charles Woodson become eligible, that number should continue to rise.

The NFL’s Department of the Interior

On NFL defensive lines, the edge has long been home to the richest guys on the block. Sack totals made stars, and the paychecks doled out to defensive ends went far beyond what interior linemen could imagine. That is, until now.