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An oral history of the Bengals’ no-huddle saga. James Harrison further proves he isn’t human with his most recent workout post. Cam Newton is throwing again after shoulder surgery.

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MLCF - Youth Football Camp
Marvin Lewis Community Fund host Youth Football Camp at Paul Brown Stadium.

Nifty 50 gives Bengals national run
Even though he served a mere two-year hitch in Bengaldom, Alex Marvez considers Bengals history a labor of love rather than a pesky errand getting in the way of chronicling the Patriots, Cowboys, or Steelers, or any other NFL media darling. So Marvelous Marv and side-kick Zig Fracassi gave the Bengals rare and great world-wide run Sunday on Sirius XM Radio’s NFL Channel when they spent their afternoon show examining the 50 years of the franchise and offered catharsis for a fan base starving for their past and present stars to get some national love.

The Franchise QBs -- Rank the top signal-callers in Cincinnati Bengals history
Vote up or down on each of the Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks listed (with contextual numbers from ESPN Stats & Information) and check back Wednesday for the final fan ranking, plus the ranking of our Bengals NFL Nation reporter, Katherine Terrell.

Why the Bengals will make noise this postseason, Part 1: Andy Dalton
I have believed in Andy Dalton since the Friday he was drafted because the guy is a winner, going 34-3 as a starter for TCU. However, the previous two seasons have shown an incredible emergence of Dalton as a true franchise quarterback. The two stats that pop out to me are completion percentage and interceptions. He went over 64 for completion and under 10 INTs. This shows he’s more careful and on target.

Bengals 50th anniversary will bring 1st Super Bowl
It has been 50 years since one of the greatest minds in NFL history brought the Orange and Black machine to the banks of Ohio. In that time there has been a lot of up and downs (mostly downs), but there has never been a Lombardi Trophy. As I sit here writing the first article I have ever written, I am faced with the realization that there is always a first for everything. The Bengals first will come on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Maybe I’m an optimist. Maybe I’m a sports Nostradamus, or I could be just a babbling fool. But, I do not make this prediction light hardheartedly.

Bengals 50: Pete Rozelle, and an oral history of the 1988-89 no no-huddle saga
Pete Rozelle became the commissioner of the 12-team National Football League in 1960 and was instrumental in negotiating with the American Football League, and Congress, to merge the two leagues. He also oversaw the expansion of the leagues – but to get Paul Brown back into pro football, Rozelle had to play a bit of hardball after awarding an expansion franchise to New Orleans on Nov. 1, 1966.

AFC North Bytes

AFC North Q&A: Do Ravens have Super Bowl-caliber defense?
Newly acquired safety Tony Jefferson said the Baltimore Ravens' defense has a chance to be legendary after finishing No. 7 last season. Let's leave legendary alone for a second and just focus on whether it's Super Bowl-caliber. ESPN's AFC North reporters provide their opinions.

Cleveland Browns: Can the team rely on Joe Haden in 2017?
The Cleveland Browns have spent considerable time reworking the roster over the past 18 months. Much of that work has focused on the defensive secondary, where the Browns added Trey Caldwell, Derrick Kindred, Howard Wilson and Jabrill Peppers via the draft; traded for Jamar Taylor and Calvin Pryor; signed Jason McCourty as a free agent; and acquired Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Ed Reynolds via the waiver wire.

James Harrison practically spiking medicine balls on volleyball court
In what has become a ritual for a handful of Pittsburgh Steelers who train in Arizona during the summer, James Harrison's crew is taking to the sand courts for some medicine ball volleyball. And it's no surprise that Harrison had impressive moves in a two-on-two matchup that included teammates Vince Williams and Robert Golden and veteran free-agent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

Random Bytes

Cam Newton Resumes Throwing Following Offseason Surgery on Shoulder Injury
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton resumed throwing Monday following March surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff, according to the team's website. "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good," Newton said.

Can the Tennessee Titans win the AFC South in 2017?
Every season, there is that one darling team, the one that everyone picks to finally break through and make it to the playoffs. Sometimes it feels like too many people are picking that team, and a betting man may want to back off. Can the Tennessee Titans, with all this newfound attention for a team that’s been irrelevant for nearly a decade, get out of its eight-year playoff drought and win the AFC South?

Michael Floyd Sentenced to 1 Day in Jail for Violating House Arrest Terms
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd will have to spend one day in jail due to a violation of the terms of his house arrest, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. The 27-year-old tested positive for alcohol, which was against the agreed terms. The Scottsdale judge ordered him to one day of jail time in addition to the remaining five days of house arrest in Arizona.

Nick Fairley Out for 2017 with Heart Condition, Career Could Be Over
The New Orleans Saints announced Monday they placed defensive tackle Nick Fairley on the reserve/non-football illness list, which ended his 2017 season. Fox Sports' Jennifer Hale reported earlier in the month Fairley had missed organized team activities after medical tests revealed he had a heart problem. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Monday's announcement could put Fairley's NFL career in jeopardy.