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Bengals Bytes (5/13): Clean up time

Marvin Lewis talks about the process of Adam Jones trying to improve his public image after a rough summer. A Boston brewery trolls Joe Flacco. Tom Brady is revealed as the Madden cover athlete, and he doesn’t seem worried about a curse.

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Hobson's Choice: riding the draft

As director of player personnel Duke Tobin said in a Hobson’s Choice podcast a few days after the draft, they were delighted to get the extra fourth round pick when they traded down in the second round because, “We do good business,” in that neck of the woods. Go down the list the last 10 years. Frostee Rucker, Pat Sims, Michael Johnson, Mohamed Sanu, and Shawn Williams in the third round. Domata Peko, Robert Geathers, Geno Atkins, Clint Boling, Russell Bodine, and Josh Shaw in the fourth. That’s a lot of starts, a lot of games, a lot of production for play-off teams.

Hobson's Choice Podcast: Eric Winston

Every time we see the name of Bengals tackle Eric Winston, his name is attached to all kinds of issues and topics. That happens when you’re president of the NFL Players Association. So we wanted to find out who this guy is instead of what he thinks about everything ranging from discipline to down blocks

Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati Bengals says Adam Jones must improve his public persona

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said cornerback Adam Jones needs to continue to improve his public persona after being involved in several incidents in the offseason, including an arrest in January. In an interview on "NFL No Huddle" on TuneIn, Lewis spoke about how Jones is working on his public perception and called it a "day-to-day process."

Cincinnati Bengals coach Lewis talks future, Mixon on radio show

Appearing on the NFL No Huddle show today with host Brian Webber and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, Marvin Lewis touched on his future, the team’s decision to draft Joe Mixon and the antics of cornerback Adam Jones.

Q&A with Cincy Jungle: A look at Jordan Willis and Cincinnati

Certainly most K-State fans expected star defensive end Jordan Willis to go higher than the 3rd round in the 2017 NFL Draft, some of us even thought he should have gone in the 1st round — and some of the “draft experts” agreed. But he slipped, and the rest is history. The other day Rebecca Tobeck at fellow SB Nation site Cincy Jungle got some questions answered by our own Jon Morse about the Bengals surprising steal in the 3rd round, and she was kind enough to answer some questions from us about what Jordan Willis is going into in Cincy, what fans are expecting of him, and even how Bengals fans feel about K-State players in general.

AFC North Bytes

Former NFL WR Michael Jackson Dies in Motorcycle Crash at Age 48

Former NFL wide receiver Michael Jackson died at the age of 48 in a motorcycle accident on Friday. Louisiana State Police confirmed to TMZ Sports Jackson was killed in an accident while riding his motorcycle in Tangipahoa, Louisiana.

Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Ever since hoisting the Lombardy trophy in Super Bowl XLVII and being named its MVP, many have brought up the question is, "Joe Flacco an elite QB?" If you were to ask Ravens’ fans, their answer would simply be yes. To other football fans, though, the answer is still up for grabs.

Steelers rookies might not have to wait for their opportunity

During the first six years of Mike Tomlin’s tenure as Steelers head coach rookie defenders had no chance of starting. No matter what round they were selected or what position the played, they had no chance to crack the starting lineup.

Random Bytes

My Mom, My Hero

This was back in Fort Worth, Texas. I had been on the track team in high school, and by that point it wasn’t surprising that I had gotten pretty good. You see, I have eight siblings — including four brothers. So if I wanted to have fun growing up, I had little choice but to be good at sports. I’d always play tackle football with my brothers and some neighborhood kids out on a patch of grass near our house in Irving, and my only hope of survival was to be faster than everyone else. So, you know, I got fast early. And from that point on, everything I did was in full-sprint mode. If I played pickup basketball at school, I sprinted up and down the court. If I was playing soccer, I’d be going full speed. I did everything fast. By the time I got to high school and joined the track team, I was very comfortable.

Tom Brady Announced as Madden 18 Cover Athlete

After winning his fifth Super Bowl title in historic fashion, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the cover athlete for this year's Madden 18 video game. EA Sports tweeted out the cover

Dak Prescott Says He Won't 'Change a Thing' as Cowboys QB, Talks Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott isn't going to change his approach ahead of his second NFL season, even though he's now entrenched as the team's starter following the retirement of Tony Romo. On Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com passed along comments the 23-year-old signal-caller made to E:60's Jeremy Schaap about his outlook after a successful rookie campaign with America's Team.

Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel rejuvenate Panthers' offense

When Ron Rivera suggested at the end of last season that the Carolina Panthers' offense must evolve in 2017 to help their former league MVP quarterback get back on track, I thought the grizzled coach was simply suggesting the team would add a few wrinkles to the playbook to allow Cam Newton to rediscover his comfort zone as the ultimate playmaker at the position.

Colin Kaepernick conundrum: Will QB take another NFL snap?

It's about time to start seriously wondering if we'll ever see Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL again. The free agency signing period opened two months ago. The draft has come and gone. Even the possibility that a team could lose a compensatory pick by signing Kaepernick as a free agent has been dismissed -- the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's restructured contract eliminated compensation from the equation -- which means we're running out of excuses to explain his unemployment today.