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Bengals Bytes (9/5): Never settled

Sunday reminded us that even though Bengals got under the 53-man roster limit, the roster is never set in stone. Take a look inside Hue Jackson’s master plan. One last preseason power ranking.

An 0-2 start won't rattle playoff-bound (again) Cincinnati Bengals

One of the NFL's longest active playoff streaks will continue this season when the Cincinnati Bengals earn a franchise-record sixth straight postseason berth. Will they finally win a playoff game? That question is tough to answer. Back in April, we predicted the Bengals to finish 11-5. Can that still happen? That's one question we can answer by taking the following game-by-game look

Bengals claim QB Jeff Driskel, waive 2015 third-rounder Paul Dawson

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed rookie quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers from the Niners, giving the team a rare third quarterback on the 53-man roster. The Bengals were not expected to carry a third quarterback behind starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. It's a move the team hasn't made since the pre-Dalton era, and an unexpected one considering McCarron proved himself to be a suitable backup last year when filling in for Dalton, who was out with a broken thumb.

Busy Bengals re-set roster with No. 3 QB

The Bengals had their busiest post-Cutdown Day in five years Sunday when they claimed 49ers rookie quarterback Jeff Driskel on waivers and made room in stunning fashion by cutting 2015 third-round pick P.J. Dawson. They also did the expected and shifted special teams Pro Bowler Cedric Peerman and first-round pick William Jackson to injured reserve and replaced them with two veterans they cut Saturday to bolster their most injured positions for next Sunday’s opener in New York (1 p.m.- Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Jets.

Bengals waive P.J. Dawson, sign Trey Hopkins, Chykie Brown

The Bengals pulled off a shocking move on Sunday when they opted to waive 2015 third-round pick P.J. Dawson. The linebacker out of TCU played well in his rookie preseason but never could find his way on the field during the regular season. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther openly criticized Dawson's need to be a better professional following the season.

Bengals practice squad

The Bengals announced on Sunday they signed quarterback Jeff Driskel, who had been waived on Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers, and re-signed nine players they waived on Saturday to the team's practice squad. To make room for Driskel the Bengals waived linebacker P.J. Dawson, a second-year player from Texas Christian. Dawson played in 11 games as a Bengals rookie last season and was with the team for the entire 2016 preseason.

AFC North Bytes

Justin Forsett could have big role for Ravens in Week 1, per report

The Ravens released veteran running back Justin Forsett on Saturday in a surprising cut, but he probably won't be gone for long. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens still expect him to play a significant role in their season opener against the Bills. Here's how that would work.

The First 33 Weeks

Follow along with an intimate look at how a beleaguered franchise's latest hope attempts to overhaul a losing culture -- from his initial hesitance about the job to one of the most amazing moments of his life.

Roster moves continue, Dupree on IR

Steelers’ linebacker Bud Dupree was placed on the reserve/injured list on Sunday. Dupree has not played during the preseason. Dupree, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2015, played in all 16 games last season, starting five of them. Dupree finished the season with 26 tackles, 17 of them solo stops.

Random Bytes

Our photographer captured one of the strangest pictures you'll see all year

This might be one of the coolest -if not strangest- pictures of the season, as captured by Jae Lee. What's going on here? While playing at Allen, Evangel Christian (Louisiana) lineman Tanner Coleman loses his helmet and as it flies through the air, Lee captures it perfectly upright.

Donte Whitner Tells Twitter He’s Signing With the Los Angeles Rams

Free agent safety Donte Whitner is telling folks he’s going to be a member of the Los Angeles Rams.

Updated Super Bowl Odds: Patriots back on top

Rosters are more or less set and oddsmakers have finalized Super Bowl 51 odds for the 2016 season. After opening as one of the favorites, the New England Patriots secured the best odds to win the Super Bowl despite losing quarterback Tom Brady to a four-game suspension and running back Dion Lewis for a large part of the season.

What they’re saying: Players react to NFL final cuts

NFL teams on Saturday had to whittle their rosters down to 53-man squads. After cuts, practice squad signings were made, and players around the league expressed their pleasure.

Randy Gregory Suspension Appeal under review

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory will be suspended four games and may have won his appeal for his 10-game suspension over an additional violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to the Star-Telegram's Clarence E. Hill Jr.

NFL Power Rankings 2016: Appraising All 32 Teams Before Week 1

Football fans, rejoice. The 2016 NFL regular season is just five days away when the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos meet the team they beat for the title, the Carolina Panthers, on Thursday night. The rest of the league will start their respective seasons on Sunday, as Week 1 always provides a sense of promise regardless of what kind of talent each roster possesses.