Congratulations to the 2017 Cincinnati Ben-Gal Cheerleaders!
The Bengals may have gotten the steal of the draft in the fourth round. After finishing the 2016 season with a struggling pass rush, the Bengals made a point to upgrade that area by selecting Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson.
The Cincinnati Bengals will begin OTAs soon, with several positions likely up for grabs. But does that include running back? The top three running backs in 2017 will likely be Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon. Hill is entering a contract season and Bernard is coming off an ACL tear.
In the Marvin Lewis era, only a handful of rookies has contributed early in their rookie season or even career. Marvin Lewis and coaching tend to have the rookies learn from the veterans and then eventually start near the end of their rookie contract. Although this has occurred in the recent years, I expect some changes to happen this year.
Paul Alexander smiled, but it was the kind of smile you have when you’re about to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth. For the first time in a long time, the longtime offensive line coach of the Cincinnati Bengals is overseeing an overhaul of his starting five, beginning with two new starting tackles and a familiar face learning a position at right guard.
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Cleveland Browns fans who remember Josh Gordon probably still won’t get to see him on the field in 2017. USA Today reports the All-Pro receiver’s bid for reinstatement from a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy has been denied by the NFL.
The Browns take heat with every loss, but let’s heap credit where due: They had a solid draft. Because of their work in the first two rounds, especially, the Browns get the edge over the offensive-heavy Bengals for the most-helpful draft of the division. The Ravens and Steelers produced solid, if unspectacular, drafts by getting key defensive help.
The 2017 NFL Draft ushered in a renewed era of the running back. While they didn’t select a running back in the draft, this year’s running back class may have a big influence on the long term starter in the Ravens backfield.
The Steelers continue to peck away at their draft class. Via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers reached their deal with sixth-rounder Colin Holba.
The NFL and Twitter announced Wednesday a partnership that will bring uniquely packaged official NFL video and other types of content to fans around the world daily, year-round. The NFL and Twitter, who have collaborated since 2013 through the Amplify program, will offer brands the opportunity to advertise on official NFL content created specifically for the Twitter platform. The deal breaks new ground in creative live programming and video-on-demand content.
Denard Robinson, the former Michigan quarterback who played running back for the Jaguars the past four seasons, will try out for the Bears at their rookie minicamp starting Friday.
The New England Patriots and starting center David Andrews have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season, sources confirmed to ESPN. Andrews is entering his third NFL season in 2017, and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the year.