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Bengals Bytes (9/6): O captain! My captain!

Adam Jones becomes a captain for the first time in a long time. Justin Forsett signs with a team. And, how the Sam Bradford trade went down.

Driskel around familiar faces

Welcome to the NFL. One minute you can be putting a guy’s bag on a golf cart and the next minute he can be protecting your blind side. It turns out that while Jeff Driskel was reviving the Louisiana Tech offense with 27 TD passes in his one season at the Ruston, La., school, he worked at the nearby Squire Creek Country Club, Whitworth’s home golf course where he did everything from hauling bags, to setting up the front of the club, to greeting members.

LB Dawson reportedly goes unclaimed; likely to be re-signed to Bengals practice squad | WKRC

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - According to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport linebacker P.J. Dawson was not claimed by any other NFL team on Monday after he was waived by the Bengals on Sunday, and now it's likely he will be re-signed to the Bengals practice squad.

Bengals Walkthru: Dawson move a rarity

When the Bengals announced their roster move of waiving P.J. Dawson for the waiver claim of former 49ers quarterback Jeff Driskel, genuine surprise came across those of us I was in contact with on the Bengals beat.

How will the Bengals new wideouts match up against Jets CB Darrelle Revis?

The Cincinnati Bengals won't be easing their new receiving corps into the regular season. The New York Jets boast one of the best defenses in the league. The Jets lost four defensive starters from last season in Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Calvin Pace and Antonio Cromatie, but they still have cornerback Darrelle Revis, now 31 but still considered one of the best in the game.

Tyler Eifert doesn't practice Monday, making Week 1 status at Jets unlikely

It doesn't look like the Cincinnati Bengals will get Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert back in time for the season opener against the Jets in MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he doesn't think Eifert will be returning to practice this week. Eifert, who injured his ankle in the Pro Bowl in January, has not returned to the practice field since the injury.

2016 NFL Preview: Bengals need to control emotions

The Bengals have made the playoffs every year since 2011, and they’ve been a model of consistency in several areas. Quarterback Andy Dalton was having his best year before he got hurt last season; they re-signed A.J. Green, one of the best receivers in the league; and they return a solid defensive line led by Geno Atkins, considered by many one of the best defenders in the NFL. Sure, the team hasn’t been able to win in the playoffs, but they’ve had no problem getting there.

No. 24 gets the numbers

Adam Jones was a little surprised. But then again, not really. If you watched the training camp practices you could see the Bengals Pro Bowl cornerback and return man plus perfect leading with his heart. Not to mention his fire and intensity. Goading veterans with a “C’mon, beat me.” Challenging rookies after a drop with a “Catch the ball, kid.” Needling coaches with a “Call it.”

AFC North Bytes

Hue Jackson: Cleveland Browns will win 'by hook or by crook' - Cleveland Browns Blog- ESPN

Despite a very young roster, Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson still has high expectations for this year's team. "We're going to find a way to do it," Jackson said Monday as the Browns prepared for the season opener in Philadelphia. "I don't know how it's going to happen, by hook or by crook we're going to get this done."

Former Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert 'grateful' for trade to Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert said he is "grateful" for being traded to the Steelers. The Cleveland Browns on Saturday traded Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick in 2014, to corner-needy Pittsburgh in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2018.

Justin Forsett Re-Signs with Ravens

Veteran running back Justin Forsett is re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens after the two sides agreed to terms on a new deal following his release. The team announced the signing after Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com originally reported the move on Monday.

Random Bytes

Monday Musings: Trouble spots for 10 contenders, Bradford swap a win-win

The Bengals have big expectations for rookie Tyler Boyd, who Green raved about in camp. Veteran Brandon LaFell is also going to be on the field, but he missed a lot of time in camp with a hand injury. I would expect Boyd to emerge as the No. 2 at some point this season.

FSU player gives jersey to his new friend

Florida State's Travis Rudolph surprises Bo Paske, a boy on the autism spectrum, with a jersey and tickets to a game. Rudolph and Paske ate lunch together during a recent FSU visit to a middle school.

As Unions Dwindle, The Value Of Those In Pro Sports Never More Important

While fans bemoan the salaries that athletes in the four major professional sports leagues enjoy, the unions (MLBPA, NFLPA, NBPA, and NHLPA) sit as some of the last strong representations for those that play in their respective leagues. It’s important, on Labor Day, to remember just how important they are.

Cowboys Enter 2016 with NFL's Top 2 Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates

When Bovada released 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds in May (h/t Odds Shark), this year's highest-drafted running back, No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott, led the way, followed by quarterback Jared Goff.

Joey Bosa has 'tightness,' misses practice

Maybe it was unrealistic all along to expect Joey Bosa to be ready for the Chargers' regular-season opener, given he entered this week still having yet to practice in pads all year. He had a chance to Monday afternoon. It passed.

Charles Woodson transitions from NFL player to ESPN

After 18 NFL seasons, the future Hall of Famer now transitions into ESPN analyst. The MMQB tagged along on a warm-up night of sorts, where the ex-DB learned his on-field skills of adjusting on the fly still will be useful

Sam Bradford trade explained by Eagles, Vikings GMs

The two general managers recount all the action that led to the Eagles sending Sam Bradford to the Vikings for two draft picks the week before the season starts. Plus 10 takeaways from cutdown weekend and more