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Bengals Bytes (5/7): Meaning of minicamp

The Bengals’ rookies are all gathered for minicamp, but their goals are extremely different. Ben Roethlisberger fires back at Myles Garrett’s comments. Brandon Marshall says he will play two more seasons before retiring.

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NFL: 2017 NFL Draft Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals 2017 NFL Draft: Data/Analytics Review

The Cincinnati Bengals had a very strong draft class in 2017. But was it the best draft of 2017? Find out as James Cobern breaks down the class with data from production, age and athleticism to predict their potential future performance.

Lawson on a mission
Bengals rookie pass rusher Carl Lawson is so passionate, so dedicated, so into football that he’d run over his own mother.

Well, maybe not his own mother. But he has left his own father bloodied and battered at least twice and the first happened when he was in junior high and they were fooling with pass rush and Dad challenged him to get by.

Bengals notes: Elliott knows he has to compete; Ross gone until mini-camp
There was a Cincinnati Bengals draft pick that faced a crush of media during his introduction to the team and rookie camp over the weekend, one outside of first-round pick John Ross and second-round pick Joe Mixon.

No, it wasn’t highly regarded defensive end Jordan Willis, or linebacker Carl Lawson.

Usain Bolt has a message for Bengals rookie John Ross about that 40-yard race
After John Ross was selected by the Bengals during the first round of the NFL Draft, one of the first things he did was issue a challenge to Usain Bolt.

The former Washington receiver, who set an NFL record at the combine when he ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash , apparently decided that since he's the fastest rookie in the NFL, that meant he could probably beat the fastest man in the world in a 40-yard foot race.

First-rounders and undrafted NFL prospects converge on Cincinnati
With the Cincinnati Bengals holding minicamp this weekend at Paul Brown Stadium, dozens of prospective pro football players are in the same place with different things they need to accomplish.

Three locals to tryout at Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie minicamp
Three football players who attended Ohio high schools will try out at the Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie minicamp this weekend.

The following unsigned players will work with the Bengals on a tryout basis

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Carl Lawson born to rush quarterbacks
Carl Lawson, the father of the Cincinnati Bengals’ fourth-round pick by the same name, used to watch with pride and amusement as his son would dominate offensive linemen in pee wee football to the point where he could cause fumbles just by sheer intimidation when lined up directly over the center.

The only true competition young Carl got was when he rough-housed with his dad, who played fullback on Georgia Tech’s national championship team in 1990.

Bengals linebacker knew he could play when father got hurt blocking him
Bengals fourth-round draft pick Carl Lawson knew as early as age 13 that he might have what it takes to be a great pass rusher when his father tried to block him in the backyard and wound up injuring his knee in the process.

His father, Carl Lawson Sr., was no slouch as a football player, either. He played fullback on the 1990 Georgia Tech team that earned a share of the national championship.

McMullen | Joe Mixon And Bengals Need To Trudge Forward
There was a reason Joe Mixon was taken off more than a few draft boards around the league, and the Cincinnati Bengals are figuring that out very quickly.

It was no surprise that the self-proclaimed “overly tolerant” Mike Brown was the one to give the former Oklahoma running back a chance, and it’s also hardly jaw-dropping that the protestors started lining up immediately, with one area television station imploring people to boycott the Bengals.

AFC North Bytes

Ben Roethlisberger Says OL 'Enjoyed' Myles Garrett's Comments on Facing Steelers
Since he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL draft at the end of April, Cleveland Browns edge-rusher Myles Garrett has made it clear he's looking forward to facing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Specifically, the rookie said he has his sights set on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now that the two are AFC North foes

Fast, big-play WR from Ole Miss headlines Ravens' undrafted signings
He's the early favorite of the undrafted rookies to make the team. Adeboyejo was never the primary target for the Rebels, but he has speed and big-play ability. He ran the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds) among wide receivers at the NFL combine, and six of his 11 career touchdowns were 20 yards or longer. Adeboyejo was the Ravens' only undrafted signing who ranked on Todd McShay's top 300 prospects

How the Browns will use Jabrill Peppers, the 'ultimate Swiss Army Knife'
Jabrill Peppers was once described as the “ultimate Swiss Army Knife” by analyst Lance Zierlein.

Peppers, the former Michigan star whom Cleveland selected 25th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, indeed did it all for the Wolverines, playing safety, linebacker, punt/kick returner and some running back over the course of two seasons.

Random Bytes

Drafting top-five RBs nets teams at least 4 more wins
It's post-draft season across the football landscape, which means it's time for RECKLESS SPECU-LATION.

The start of rookie minicamps has a lot of fans and coaches feeling optimistic about their teams' draft hauls and pondering the effect they could have on the slowly approaching 2017 season. When will Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson take their first professional snaps under center? Will Evan Engram render Big Blue's offense, already anchored by Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, unstoppable? Can Jamal Adams single-handedly save the Jets' porous secondary?

Brandon Marshall Says He'll Play for 2 More Seasons
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall revealed Saturday that he plans to play two more seasons in the NFL.

According to's Jordan Raanan, Marshall made his decision public at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium: "Two more years, get my Super Bowl, have a little bit more fun, and then I'm going to go change the world in the mental health space."

Predicting Surprise Rookie Starters from 2017 NFL Draft
Every NFL fan thinks his or her favorite team's first-round pick will be an immediate starter. Some of them may be disappointed. But fear not, such players can also be found outside of the first round.

Scheme fit and opportunity are important for young football players, and that's the reason a lot of them fall out of favor in the league.

Sports Stars Attend 143rd Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby, one of sports' oldest traditions, has developed into a vibrant social scene. The big hats, unique fashion choices and mint juleps now define the Run for the Roses almost as much as the actual race.

On Saturday, athletes across sports donned their largest headwear and most overbearing suits at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the 143rd edition of the Derby.