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Bengals Bytes (9/10): Best starts

What are some of the best starts in Bengals history? The Ravens look to stay healthy this season. One team may be planning something on a larger scale for their national anthem protest.

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Jones and Burfict: ‘Big brother-little brother’

In the NFL, "controlled violence’’ is an oxymoron that’s harder to figure out every day. Hit ‘em here, but not there. This much passion is fine, this much is over the line. Be who you are. Sort of. It’s no wonder Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones are good friends. They walk this ledge more than most.

CBS’ Boomer Esiason Discusses The Ryan Brothers, Jets-Bengals And More Ahead Of Week 1

The 14-year NFL veteran and current NFL analyst gives his insight into some of the best Week 1 NFL games. Boomer Esiason discusses Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bengals' offense, the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu and more.

Cincinnati Bengals corner Adam Jones shares his view from the defense

Today's offenses are nearly impossible to slow down. Bengals Pro Bowler Adam Jones shows us how he's learned to pump the brakes.

Eifert out as expected, while Dennard doubtful for Jets game

The Bengals enter the 2016 regular-season opener at the New York Jets (1 p.m. Sunday on Local 12) in pretty good health as the team's official injury report for the game issued on Friday has only tight end Tyler Eifert listed out as expected, and cornerback Darqueze Dennard listed as doubtful.

Bengals Breakdown: Wk 1 @ Jets's Geoff Hobson and Dan Hoard discuss what it will take to return from New York with the first win of the season.

By the Numbers Game Preview: Week 1

It’s the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the Bengals list one player from New York City. WILL LB Vincent Rey (Far Rockaway) makes his 26th NFL start. Long snapper Clark Harris’ hometown is Manahawkin, N.J. Harris and TE Tyler Kroft played their college ball at Rutgers.

Matchup of the Game: Rey brings in Bengals with NYC pride

Making his 22nd start over the past three seasons from his back-up spot on the depth chart and his second straight Opening Day start, Rey is savvy and smart and indispensable. Coming out of Bayside High School he wasn’t supposed to go big time, but he went ACC. Coming out of Duke, he was unloved, unheralded and undrafted. But he’s heading into his sixth full year on the roster, his fourth year as a captain, and 83rd straight NFL game before what may be as many family and friends.

Cincinnati Bengals: Top 5 Season Openers of All-Time

The Cincinnati Bengals will begin their defense of the AFC North championship on Sunday when they travel to East Rutherford, NJ, to take on the New York Jets in the 2016 season opener.

Andy Dalton's hair earns 'Tonight Show' superlative

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton poked fun at himself, and his hair color, on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Fallon has a running bit on the show where he gives each NFL player a superlative. Sometimes the players, such as Dalton, join the show to read their own superlatives out loud.

Reports: Cincinnati Bengals can't reach agreement with Kevin Zeitler

The Cincinnati Bengals were unable to come to terms on a new contract with right guard Kevin Zeitler, according to multiple reports. Zeitler, a 2012 first-round pick, will play out the season under his fifth-year option of $8.07 million and is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 questions with rookie Alex Erickson

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver and returner Alex Erickson is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday after earning an unlikely roster spot as an undrafted college free agent. But this isn’t the first time Erickson has overcome long odds. Despite being a star quarterback in high school, as well as three-time all-state player in basketball, Erickson’s 6-foot, 195-pound frame didn’t attract any Division I scholarship offers.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens have plenty of veterans, but can they stay healthy?

The Ravens boast a very veteran roster, but several of those veterans are coming off injuries. Can they still be effective in their return and stay healthy for the season?

What Mike Shanahan thinks Robert Griffin III must do to be successful with the Browns |

Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who coached Robert Griffin III to NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl Berth in 2012, knows exactly what it will take for Griffin to be successful with the Browns. Griffin, he says, will need to abandon the notion that he's a dropback quarterback and return to the things that made him a superstar in 2012.

Steelers top picks Davis and Burns ready for their opportunity

Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake said early in training camp that he was not against giving his young defensive backs a baptism by fire. It’s now a reality for Lake as rookies Sean Davis and Artie Burns prepare for what could be major roles in the opener against the Washington Redskins.

Random Bytes

Brandon Marshall takes knee during national anthem

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall explains how his recent personal experiences motivated him to take a knee during the national anthem in the NFL season-opener and says he’s prepared for the public backlash.

New Jersey native Mohamed Sanu will honor 9/11 with shoe art

With the Falcons set to open on 9/11, receiver Mohamed Sanu will pay tribute on his cleats to those lost in the 2001 attacks not far from his home.

Report: Gronk did not make the trip with Patriots Friday

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was not on the team plane when the Patriots left for Arizona Friday afternoon, the Providence Journal reported. Though that doesn't necessarily mean that Gronkowski will miss Sunday's night's game vs. the Cardinals.

Broncos' Brandon Marshall loses endorsement deal after kneeling for national anthem

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said he expected pushback. He knew not everyone would agree with his decision to kneel for the national anthem before the Broncos’ season-opener against Carolina on Thursday evening.

Sam Bradford vs. Shaun Hill: Hill will start Week 1

With the Minnesota Vikings preparing to open their 2016 season Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, Shaun Hill will reportedly be their starting quarterback.

Dolphins might take a stand during national anthem in Seattle

There’s a chance a few Miami Dolphins players make some kind of statement during the national anthem at Sunday’s season opener at Seattle, but right now it's uncertain. Running back Arian Foster led a players-only meeting after Friday’s walkthrough practice at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium.

Kevin Durant Supports Colin Kaepernick for Sitting During National Anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting more support for his protest of the national anthem from new Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant. Speaking to Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News, Durant explained why he is standing behind Kaepernick