Former Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins announced he's signing with the New England Patriots earlier today. He let everyone know via the Uninterrupted twitter account.
In so many ways third-round right end Jordan Willis is the textbook draft pick in the Duke Tobin-Marvin Lewis Era. Terrific production (Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year). Oodles of experience ((third in Kansas State history with 26 sacks). Great leader (student body president at his Kansas City high school.) Even greater motor (coach Bill Snyder calls him “the epitome of Kansas State football”). Smart (he got his degree in sociology/criminology six days before his last game for State).
Cincinnati Bengals rookies visit Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Brandon LaFell's eyes lit up when he heard about the NFL announcing its new policy on touchdown celebrations. He's got plans. "It's going to be live this year," he said. LaFell quickly rattled off possibilities for touchdown celebrations, most notably bringing back the "Bob N Weave," a group celebration made popular by the Rams "Greatest Show on Turf" offense in 1999. The NFL voted to impose fines on group celebrations in 2000, with the Bob N' Weave one of its top targets, causing the dance to fade out long before LaFell entered the league.
The combination of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard has been a steady one-two punch for the Cincinnati Bengals for years now, but additions around them make this an interesting group to watch in 2017. Subsequently, they’re the next stop on this offseason series that looks at each position group individually. The Bengals brought in talent through the draft and undrafted free agency. So what do we make of it?
Marvin Lewis has been considered one of the more hot and cold coaches in the NFL. Lewis has taken the Bengals to the playoffs five times out of the last six years. Although that’s quite an accomplishment for a coach, Lewis and the Bengals haven’t translated those playoff visits to anything at all.
In its annual May owner’s meetings, the National Football League’s most powerful people congregated in Chicago and approved several rule changes that were initially discussed in March, but not decided upon.
I went on a whole rant yesterday bout the NFL and Roger Goodell being completely disingenuous with their announecment of new celebration rules. Nobody read the piece because I posted it at 5 o'clock in the afternoon and one of the rules of the Internet is that nobody reads anything after 5 o'clock. So read it right now and then come back here immediately so you can get the follow up. So, as I was writing the piece on Goodell, I saw that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis came out against the loosening of the celebration rules.
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Some Bengals fans might not believe their eyes when they see Hall of Fame OT Anthony Munoz in orange and brown during Cleveland Browns OTAs on Wednesday. Per Andrew Gribble of Browns.com, Munoz and former Chicago Bears C Olin Kreutz were both “watching practice.” Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer went a step further, though, to label Munoz as a “guest coach.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the football field, yes in shorts, Wednesday for their second round of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and of course there was news to be discussed. Most notable for some was Antonio Brown’s reaction to Roger Goodell loosening the reins on the NFL’s stance on touchdown celebrations. Of course, the media asked him what those celebrations will look like, and of course, he wasn’t very specific.
After signing a four-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in March, safety Tony Jefferson is very high on his new team's prospects heading into the 2017 season. During an appearance on NFL Network Tuesday (via ESPN's Jamison Hensley), Jefferson sees big things in store for the Ravens defense.
The Jets’ second-round pick in 2015 found out he was being released via Twitter. He’s not letting that slight take his eye off his goal of an NFL comeback.
There's no way to know exactly how shortening overtime by five minutes will alter the NFL next season—or how it would have changed history had the rule already been in place. Let's dive into an alternate reality.
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly scheduled to work out for the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks plan to work out multiple signal-callers, and Kaepernick is expected to be among them. Rapoport later added that Kaepernick flew to Seattle on Tuesday night.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is being held out of organized team activities after he was involved in a car accident as a passenger Sunday. Adam Schefter and Todd Archer of ESPN confirmed Wednesday the running back has missed the last two days of offseason practices. Schefter added Elliott "did not suffer any significant injuries" in the crash, but the Cowboys have decided to play it safe with him.