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Bengals Bytes (6/30): Still know Bo?

Are the Bengals still suffering from the curse of Bo Jackson? If you need any inspiration to get going this Summer, you should follow James Harrison on Instagram. Take a look at each team’s building block for the future in the NFL.

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Brent Musburger is still a huge Katherine Webb admirer
Brent Musburger left ESPN in January, but his legacy lives on: the good, the bad and the googly-eyed. Speaking with, the retired broadcaster recalled the 2013 BCS championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame, during which the then-75-year-old verbally ogled Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, beauty queen Katherine Webb.

Hobson's Choice: summer fling
If there was the first Post-P.B. Draft, or a Post-Carson Draft, or the Post-Hue Draft, this was the Post Draft. Post. Period. Never before have the Bengals used a first-round pick on a player that was designed to play right now for such a specific niche. If there was ever a damn-the-torpedoes-let’s-win-it-now-with-the-window-still-open pick, John Ross is it.

AFC North Q&A: Who will be tougher on defenses: Joe Mixon or John Ross?
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted two home-run hitters in running back Joe Mixon and receiver John Ross. ESPN's AFC North reporters weighed in on which one will cause defenses more problems as rookies.

Cincinnati Bengals' John Ross, Josh Malone next up?
When the Bengals selected Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Josh Malone in the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts, the three receivers entered a pretty historic group. Playing wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals comes with a long line of great receivers that have dawned the Orange & Black Stripes before them. Will John Ross and Josh Malone cement their names in the history books of Bengals wide receivers? It starts in year one.

Are the Bengals suffering from the curse of Bo Jackson?
The Cincinnnati Enquirer has produced a short video on the ‘Curse of Bo Jackson,’ as part of its month-long project covering 50 years of Bengals football. The idea behind the curse—which the video makes clear is well-known to Walker and media members familiar with the team—is that the Bengals lack of postseason success in past decades is directly tied to the injury that ended Jackson’s playing career.

Bengals 50: Dan Bunz, the man who changed Super Bowl XVI
First and goal from the 3. League Most Valuable Player Ken Anderson under center. Pete Johnson, a 250-pound Pro Bowler with over 1,000 yards rushing behind him. Charles Alexander, all 225 pounds of him, led the way for some of those yards. So did a future Hall of Famer in Anthony Muñoz and a tough, athletic offensive line.

AFC North Bytes

Healthy Desmond Bryant anxious to be leader for Cleveland Browns
Desmond Bryant has had his fair share of injuries and health crises since joining the Cleveland Browns in the lead-up to the 2013 season, but the veteran defensive lineman has recovered enough from those issues to resume his football career. Bryant was excited to get back onto the field for minicamp, and is very much looking forward to the start of training camp next month.

James Harrison’s Instagram Makes Me Feel Lazy and Weak
It is summertime. The season meant for leisurely activities, like grilling shirtless and drinking before “acceptable” times. It’s the season of shorts. It’s the season of driving with the sunroof open blaring Dom Kennedy, who sounds a thousand times better during summer than he does at any other time of year, because science. It’s too nice to be inside and so everyone is crowding the park, playing games that feel distinctively made up, like KanJam or cornhole.

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Gabe Jackson, Raiders Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $56M Contract Extension
The Oakland Raiders have ensured guard Gabe Jackson will stick around for the foreseeable future after the two sides agreed Thursday to a five-year extension. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal is worth $56 million. Linebacker Khalil Mack and quarterback Derek Carr were the obvious prizes in the Raiders' impressive 2014 NFL draft class, but Jackson has fared well since Oakland grabbed him with a third-round pick that year.

NFL Nostalgia: Ranking the Best Athletes in NFL History
We are here to celebrate athleticism in all of its forms: speed, strength, agility, precision, leaping, throwing, kicking, lifting, grappling, punching, dribbling and driving. Versatility is the name of the game for this NFL countdown. These players didn't just run a fast 40-yard dash at the scouting combine or score a bunch of touchdowns. They excelled not just in football, but in other athletic endeavors as well.

Every NFL Team's Most Promising Building Block
Every NFL team has 53 players on its regular-season roster. But while each team has the same number of players, all rosters are most assuredly not created equally. Ask the New England Patriots and their AFC East rivals in New York.