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Bengals Bytes (9/1): Keeping things light

One of the older players on the Bengals seems to be enjoying himself like a rookie. K’Waun Williams wants the Browns to pay up. Everything seem bad? Read a heartwarming story.

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One-on-One with Brandon LaFell

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell is expected to be a big part of the Bengals' offense this season. I caught up with him today in the locker room. We talked about ping pong, his childhood and what he has to do between now and the first game against the Jets.

5 things to watch in Cincinnati Bengals preseason finale

The Cincinnati Bengals will wrap up the preseason Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium the same way they have for the last 13 years with a game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Dre Kirkpatrick's speed is going to lead to a big year with the Bengals

Last season was Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick's first as a full time starter. It went relatively well. What stood out to me watching his film is how fast he is on the field. Everybody is fast in the NFL, don't get me wrong, but every once in awhile Kirkpatrick would really turn it on, and you could see his kind of speed is not just the run of the mill variety. I saw him take off to chase down a running back on the opposite side of the field who looked to be headed for a touchdown. I had to keep rewinding the play just to make sure I was seeing it right.

Lions claim ex-Bengals LB Jayson DiManche off waivers

Dimanche was among the biggest names cut by Cincinnati this week. After going undrafted out of Southern Illinois in 2013, he signed as an undrafted free agent and played in 28 games over the next two years, including all 16 as a rookie.

Bengals Walkthru: Weighing McCarron trade risk

Walkthru looks at odds Cincinnati must weigh if considering an AJ McCarron trade to Minnesota, plus, sixth receiver on gameday question, angry Brandon Tate cut reaction, BBP and degenerate corner.

Simms' Power Rankings: Where Do Cincinnati Bengals Rank Entering the Year?

Will Andy Dalton be able to lead the Cincinnati Bengals back to the playoffs? What changes did the Bengals make this offseason to improve their fortunes? Will the Bengals win the AFC North again? Watch as Bleacher Report NFL Analysts Chris Simms and Matt Miller join Adam Lefkoe to discuss the Bengals in the video above.

Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Whitworth: O-line called the 'mean girls'

Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth might be the oldest player in the locker room at 34, but he also just might be having the most fun. His group of fellow offensive linemen might have something to do with that.

AFC North Bytes

K’Waun Williams wants Browns to pay for surgery on injured ankle

Just because the Cleveland Browns released cornerback K’Waun Williams doesn’t mean that their disagreement surrounding his ankle injury is going to end any time soon. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Williams is seeking for the Browns to foot the bill for surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle.

Oral history of '96 Ravens: From dodging M-80s in Cleveland to humble start in Baltimore

With those words, two football-steeped cities’ fates changed forever. For Cleveland, it was a death knell whose ringing never could have been predicted. But for Baltimore, it was shocking relief to a city that could commiserate; it too had lost a team. Twelve years after its residents watched their beloved Colts flee in the dark of a snowy March morning in 1984, the NFL was returning to the city again.

Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, James Harrison Cleared in PEDs Investigation

The NFL officially cleared Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison of any wrongdoing Wednesday after a probe into an Al-Jazeera report that alleged performance-enhancing drug use.

Random Bytes

5 roster cuts that can make an impact elsewhere

Despite being cut, these five NFL players—including former Vikings center John Sullivan—can still make a positive impact on another roster this season.

2017 NFL draft: Philadelphia will host annual event

Philadelphia reportedly will host the 2017 NFL draft. An official announcement from the league is expected Thursday, according to the report.

An Update on Chris Mortensen’s Health

"I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that now enables me to completely focus on recovery rather than treatment. The Stage IV throat (oropharyngel) cancer that was diagnosed in early January and treated with intensive chemotherapy and radiation has been virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease through the latest scans and exams.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Building a Super Bowl Winner

While the NFL would love to promote every team as having an equal opportunity of winning the Super Bowl, we know the odds are rarely ever 1-in-32. Recent history is a solid predictor of which teams have a much higher or much lower chance of going the distance this season.

50 pieces of PFF data you need to know for 2016

Senior Analyst Sam Monson gets you ready for the 2016 NFL season with these 50 bits of information from the PFF database. Geno Atkins' 82 total pressures in 2016, the most at his position, is just one of the many pieces of info here.

Here Is A Nice Story, I Hope You Will Enjoy It Because Most Everything Else Is Awful

Some Florida State football players visited Montford Middle School in Tallahassee yesterday, but Leah Paske didn’t realize it until later, when a friend sent her this photo of WR Travis Rudolph eating lunch with her son Bo, who has austism.

The MMQB Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets

With all the preseason games that count already in the books (well, none of them actually count, but you know what I’m saying), the latest overall rankings and position-by-position cheat sheet.