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Bengals Bytes (4/18): Change of pace

Jeremy Hill changed his offseason workout plans in hopes of bouncing back this season. Could this be the year the Steelers draft their future quarterback? Bill Belichick shares his three most important traits for a successful player.

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Bengals player Adam Jones lashes out during locker room interview

Bengals player Adam Jones lashed out at a reporter during his first interview since the cornerback’s arrest in January. The verbal altercation, which involved FOX19 NOW Sports Director Joe Danneman, happened after Danneman approached Jones for an interview during the Bengals first open locker room of the off-season.

Chad Johnson jokes about a comeback if celebration penalties eliminated

No one was better at celebrating touchdowns than former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson. He saw that the NFL Referees Association wishes the league would do away with penalties for excessive celebration and Tweeted a response.

Bengals Preseason Opener Set for Aug. 11 at Home

Dates and kickoff times are now set for all Bengals 2017 preseason games. The Bengals open the preseason with back-to-back home games, including a Friday night opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 11 that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 19 that kicks off at 7 p.m.

Notes: Hill: 'It wasn't working'; Smiths get settled with Chris in rush, Andre seeking 'C'

Take running back Jeremy Hill, fresh from his new training gig at One-on-One in Los Angeles. After two sub-par seasons following a Rookie of the Year season in 2014, Hill transformed his regimen and says it’s the best offseason he’s ever had.

Tyler Eifert of Cincinnati Bengals says back 'feels great,' unsure if he'll be ready for camp

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said his back "feels great" after offseason surgery, but doesn't know at what point he'll be able to participate fully in offseason activities.

Andre's O-line has been here before

The alarm bells have sounded all throughout the Bengals’ offseason. Their franchise quarterback, heading into his seventh season and the fat prime of a career that has made him one of the league’s best, is coming off a season he was more battered than celebrated.

AFC North Bytes

Could Steelers draft their quarterback of the future?

When Ben Roethlisberger publicly mentioned the word retirement in the days after Pittsburgh’s AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots in January, it was a jolt to the system of many Steelers fans. After watching the Steelers wander through the desert of quarterback despair in the years between Terry Bradshaw’s retirement in 1983 and the selection of Roethlisberger in the 2004 draft, fans don’t want to go back to the days of not having a franchise quarterback.

Looking at Bill Barnwell’s potential draft day trades for the Browns

On Monday, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell published an article that discussed potential trades that might make sense at each of the 32 picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. These aren’t supposed to be projections about what will happen, but rather a fun look at some wacky "what if?" scenarios. And, considering that Barnwell had the foresight to see Osweiler-to-the-Browns back in December, maybe we should give what he says a little more credibility.

Opinion: The Ravens have reached the point of diminishing returns from leadership

The Baltimore Ravens franchise has been blessed with impeccable leadership since their founding. The incomparable Ozzie Newsome has a long history of signing veterans and drafting rookies who elevate the play of their teammates. The team lost some of their most vocal leaders following their 2012 championship, but the tradition of strong leadership still permeates the organization.

Random Bytes

The story of NFL Draft prospect John Ross III and his unprecedented speed

Long before John Ross III ran a record-breaking 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, he was just a kid from Long Beach trying to make it.

Bill Belichick describes the 3 most important traits for successful players

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a guest speaker at the Ohio State coaching clinic and he discussed the character traits he looks for in his players. With the NFL draft fast approaching, it’s important to understand what the Patriots are looking for in a prospect.

Christian McCaffrey is wisely declining private workouts with NFL teams

As the NFL 2017 NFL draft inches closer and closer, prospects are trying to increase their draft stock by partaking in private workouts with teams. Except for Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who has declined all private workout requests.

NFL draft 2017: How each team can win or lose 1st 2 rounds

Grading the NFL Draft the day after it’s finished is a long and fruitless tradition. Since nothing is a sure thing, it’s impossible to tell which picks are destined to be busts and which will stand the test of time.