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Bengals Bytes (6/2): Under the wing

Adam Jones seems to be taking Joe Mixon under his wing after he took the running back to a Future concert. The Ravens suffer a huge blow to their defense. Pete Carroll seems to be busy managing some trouble among his players.

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5 Notable Players The Bengals Could Cut Before The Season
The reality of the NFL is that each year several veterans end up cut by their teams before the start of the regular season. That will likely be the case this year for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are trying to win now, but they'll cut veterans if it's in the best interest of the team.

Bengals OTAs 6/1
Cincinnati Bengals host OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium Practice Fields.

Bengals receivers still young and developing
Josh Malone and Korel Hamilton tracked down James Urban as the Cincinnati Bengals and coaches walked off the practice fields following their organized team activity on Tuesday, the rookie wide receivers stopping their position coach for plays printed on a piece of paper.

Are the Cincinnati Bengals a dirty team?
For years now opposing teams have complained about the Bengals play on defense. The word that comes up most often is “dirty.” The term refers to players that intentionally do things to injure players on the other team. There are two players who are typically brought up more than the others when it comes to complaints. Those two are Adam Jones and Vontaze Burfict. To be honest, there is some pretty compelling evidence stacked up against these two guys. However, do the actions of two players really mean the team as a whole is dirty?

Bengals rookie compared to 'Longest Yard' player, jokes write themselves
We were scanning some OTA reports from around the NFL when an interesting note about a Cincinnati Bengals rookie crossed our eyes. It turns out that fourth-round pick Carl Lawson, who was viewed by some as a top-50 prospect who fell a bit unexpectedly, is impressing in his early work with the team, according to the team’s official website.

QB guru: Dalton seeing 'big jump in his arm strength'
The world of pro football is light on tales of quarterbacks drastically improving their arm strength. Signal-callers saddled with pop-gun arms are typically stuck that way, but today's quarterbacks also live in a world of cutting-edge coaching academies and sports-science discoveries that yesteryear's players could only dream of. Andy Dalton has never been known for his arm strength, but the Bengals passer reportedly has seen tangible improvements in his velocity after working with gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux at their 3DQB training facility in Los Angeles.

Pacman Jones Takes Joe Mixon to Future Concert
Adam "Pacman" Jones is taking Joe Mixon under his wing -- and treated the Bengals rookie to a night out at the Future concert this week ... TMZ Sports has learned. Turns out, Jones is pretty tight with Future -- they grew up together in Atlanta -- and the rapper hooked the Bengals star up with tickets to his Cincinnati concert Wednesday at the Riverbend Music Center.

AFC North Bytes

Tavon Young posts thank you to the fans amidst his knee injury
As we know, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young suffered an ACL tear during practice on Thursday. He collided with a teammate and had to be helped off the field by the trainers. WNST's Luke Jones reported that Young was putting little weight on his knee while he was being carried out. Head coach John Harbaugh said they were going to wait and see how bad the injury is at his presser after practice.

Analytics aside, the Browns pull off an old-school trade
For a team that specializes in outside-the-box thinking, the Browns’ rare player-for-player trade Thursday morning with the New York Jets was deliciously old school. Safety Calvin Pryor comes to the Browns, linebacker Demario Davis goes to the Jets. A simple swap of players unneeded by their former teams. Pryor, 24, was a first-round pick in 2014 who didn’t produce for the Jets under Rex Ryan or Todd Bowles. The Jets would have cut Pryor, so they are overjoyed the Browns picked up Pryor’s $1.6 million guaranteed salary – the last of his four-year rookie contract. As for Davis, who came to the Browns in free agency after four years with the Jets, he was expendable after the switch to Gregg Williams’ 4-3 – or 4-2-5 – base alignment.

Former Steelers G Willie Colon talks about long-term injury risks
The Steelers drafted guard Willie Colon in 2006, making him a fourth-round pick. He won a Super Bowl ring when the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals and played 10 years in the NFL. He spent the last three in New York and missed the 2010 season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Random Bytes

Chiefs sign two players including TE Orson Charles
The Kansas City Chiefs made a few more roster moves this week by cutting WR Jamari Staples and S Devin Chappell and signing TE Orson Charles and S Damariay Drew. Charles was a 2012 fourth round pick by the Bengals but this is his third team since 2014.

Dez Bryant Shrugs Off Josh Norman Saying He's 'Just a Guy'
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said recent comments made by Washington cornerback Josh Norman did not make him more motivated to face him next season. "No, no, no, no. Why would I respond to that? He'll see me when he sees me. When I line up against him, we're going to go at it. That's what it is," Bryant told reporters at Cowboys OTAs on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Chargers won't use relocation as excuse
The complicated journey to L.A.—the team is still practicing in San Diego—won’t be a reason for failure in 2017, promises new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn. A look into the ongoing relocation, plus more notes on Derek Carr’s contract, impressive rookies and marijuana policy changes

Broncos Safety Will Parks Charged with Harassment, Domestic Violence
Denver Broncos defensive back William Parks is reportedly facing misdemeanor charges. On Thursday, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reported Parks was arrested March 31 and released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond. The misdemeanor charges are for "harassment and non-violent domestic violence stemming from an incident in Brighton with his former girlfriend."

The Seahawks Have Issues, but Pete Carroll Is Holding Them Together
The player's quote gets right to the point and is one of the most revealing I've heard on what's really going on with the terrific and volatile Seahawks. "I think Pete has kept a bunch of civil wars from breaking out." He was referring to Pete Carroll, the head coach of the team. The player said Carroll has put out far more fires in the Seattle locker room than anyone on the team will ever admit—at least on the record. He added the whole truth about the Seahawks will only be known after one or more key players write biographies.