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Bengals Bytes (5/17): Playing with an edge

Kevin Minter likes that he sees so many Bengals’ players with chips on their shoulders going into the season. The Browns signed Jason McCourty will sign with the Browns. Michael Bennett shows his support for the Seahawks possibly bringing in Colin Kaepernick.

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Meet The Rookies

Season Ticket Members enjoy an afternoon meet and greet with Bengals Rookies at Paul Brown Stadium

How does John Ross' speed compare to other Cincinnati Bengals WRs?

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton couldn't help but smile when asked about rookie receiver John Ross. The Bengals wanted to get faster this season. They reached that goal and then some when they added Ross, who ran a record 4.2 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.

Minter likes Bengals' edge of might

Just like most everybody else on his new team, middle linebacker Kevin Minter has been on clubs that have had double-digit wins every year he’s played in the NFL. Except last season, when Arizona’s 7-8-1 turned out to be not that much different than Cincinnati’s 6-9-1. So he’s getting the same kind of vibe as he settles into the Paul Brown Stadium locker room this spring.

Adam 'Pacman' Jones of Cincinnati Bengals pleads guilty, apologizes for behavior

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation earlier this year after two other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Can Cincinnati Bengals fans ever truly accept Joe Mixon?

By now, everyone knows the story about Bengals second round pick Joe Mixon. In 2014, the then Oklahoma Sooner struck a woman in the face after a dispute. The whole thing was captured on video for the world to see. As a result, Mixon was suspended for the 2014 NCAA season.

Cincinnati Bengals expect big things from Mixon as a receiver

Since arriving in Cincinnati the day after the Bengals drafted him in the second round, running back Joe Mixon has answered every question posed to him about his past in a cordial, albeit guarded, fashion. But after two weeks he seems looser now that the conversations are turning more toward football. And he grows noticeably more animated when the subject switches from rushing to something he takes particular pride in, receiving.

Burfict ready to turn back the clock in 2017

The summer of 2014 seems like a lifetime ago. Vontaze Burfict was coming off a Pro Bowl campaign in 2013, recording a league-high 171 total tackles and three sacks while breaking up six passes and intercepting another. He forced a fumble and recovered two others.

AFC North Bytes

Baltimore Ravens' Marlon Humphrey expert at overcoming hurdles

The Baltimore Ravens drafted 13 cornerbacks in their history before selecting Marlon Humphrey in the first round this season, and none of them began their rookie seasons as starters. But Humphrey isn't just your typical first-round pick. The No. 16 overall selection in this year's NFL draft is a world-class expert when it comes to overcoming obstacles.

Jason McCourty Reportedly Will Sign with Browns After 8 Seasons with Titans

The Cleveland Browns and free-agent cornerback Jason McCourty are reportedly expected to agree to a contract after his release by the Tennessee Titans. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Tuesday the Browns are expected to make the move after he visited the team Monday "barring a late snag."

Steelers CB Artie Burns: I can be better all around

The Steelers’ 2016 NFL Draft first-round pick emerged as the team’s starter in Week 9 and never relinquished the role. He’s determined to advance his game in Year 2.

Random Bytes

Why the Slide?: Reuben Foster

During the leadup to the 2017 NFL Draft, there was a lot of attention and hype around Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. He had an excellent senior year and was the consensus-top non-pass-rushing linebacker in the draft. However, Foster's draft stock was up and down with the illustration of off-the-field concerns when Foster was sent home early from the combine after an argument with a medical staffer during the medical exam. Some draft analysts compared Foster to Luke Kuechly, and thought he was the best inside linebacker prospect to come into the league since Kuechly. Additionally, teams thought Foster was a potential top-10 athlete. However in the 2017 NFL Draft, Foster slid all the way to pick No. 31 before being selected.

ESPN Upfront: New network lineup, shows for 2018

NEW YORK – New weekday lineups on ESPN and ESPN2 starting in 2018 led the network's Upfront presentation for media buyers at Minskoff Theatre in New York City on Tuesday. Sports Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch is attending the presentation and reported that a show featuring Mike Greenberg will air live from New York City at 7 a.m. ET featuring Greenberg and several fulltime co-hosts, plus guests, followed by First Take at 10 a.m. ET. Mike Golic and Trey Wingo will host 6-10 a.m. ESPN Radio show that will simulcast on ESPN2 to start, before switching over to ESPNU permanently.​

Michael Bennett on Kaepernick: 'Why wouldn't you want that type of leadership in your locker room?'

While speaking on 710 ESPN in Seattle, Bennett declared that the Seahawks would love to have Kaepernick on their team. “I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett said, according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.

Majority of NFL Painkiller Lawsuit Dropped by Federal Judge

A lawsuit filed against the NFL's 32 teams for allegedly handing out painkillers to players has mostly been dismissed. Per Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, the judge who dismissed most of the lawsuit has only let "certain charges" from nine players stand.