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Andy Dalton and his wife hosted their sixth annual Celebrity Waiter Night. Jeremy Maclin is set to visit the Ravens this week. Who are the longest tenured players on each AFC team?

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15th Annual Cincinnati Bengals' Taste of the NFL
Together, we can tackle hunger. Join the Cincinnati Bengals and the Freestore Foodbank for the 15th Annual Taste of the NFL. The benefit is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at Paul Brown Stadium’s West Club Lounge. Taste of the NFL gives you the unique opportunity to meet with members of the entire Bengals team – players, coaches and alumni – while enjoying dinner by the bite from the area’s best restaurants.

Hobson's Choice: more issues and answers
No question the offensive line play, particularly at tackle, has been a strength in the last 22 years, stretching back to the move of Alexander from tight ends to the offensive line and the drafting of Willie Anderson a year later. In the 15 previous seasons, Jim McNally set the standard for coaching NFL offensive lines but the only tackle the Bengals drafted in the first round in his tenure arrived in his first draft, 1980 and it was Hall-of Famer Anthony Munoz. Anderson marked the first of four first-round tackles and Alexander does a hell of a job getting that talent out of them,

Cincinnati Bengals: Analyzing the top 3 position groups
The Bengals have lost some talent due to free agency over the past couple of years, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a talented group of players. Bengals probably aren’t the same “most talented roster in the league” (According to John Harbaugh), but they are certainly capable of being a successful team.

Andy Dalton mingles for a good cause at Celebrity Waiter Night
Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, Jordan, hosted their sixth annual Celebrity Waiter Night at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors on Monday June 5, 2017. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation.

AFC North Bytes

Artie Burns, and the young Steelers defensive secondary, will have to step up in 2017
The development of Artie Burns is going to be critical to the Steelers improving on defense, if the team is truly going to implement more man schemes in 2017 as Burns recently suggested. DVOA, or Defensive Value Over Average, is a statistic which basically calculates how much better, or worse, a player or team does in a given situation than an average player would, with 0% representing average.

Report: Jeremy Maclin to visit with the Ravens this week
The Ravens have been largely thought of a perfect match for Jeremy Maclin, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens will get a chance to meet with the former Chiefs receiver.

Should Hue Jackson beat himself up over not running the ball? A closer look
Browns head coach Hue Jackson has some regrets from how he ran his offense last season. Specifically, how little he ran the ball. “I beat myself up about that,” he said last Wednesday following practice. Jackson has traditionally been a coach who emphasizes the run. He has been an offensive coordinator or coach of a team in seven of his seasons in the NFL. Four of his offenses have ranked in the top 10 in the league in rushing attempts. Of the three that didn’t, two of them were his initial offensive coordinator jobs in Washington in 2003 and Atlanta in 2007, jobs in which he was not calling plays. The third, of course, was last season.

Random Bytes

The longest-tenured player on each AFC roster
The NFL (which, as Jerry Glanville once famously quipped, stands for “Not For Long”) is in a constant state of turnover. Rosters are constantly being shaken up via free agency, the draft and trades, often leaving just a handful of players who survive regime changes in a city.

Andrew Whitworth brings protective services to Rams
The acquisition of former Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth is the Rams key to revamping their struggling offensive line. With Whitworth minding their blind side, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton each led the Bengals to the playoffs.

Elvis Dumervil Signs with 49ers After 4 Seasons with Ravens
Veteran linebacker Elvis Dumervil has agreed to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, general manager John Lynch announced Monday. Dumervil commented on the move to San Francisco

QB Austin Davis Signs with Seahawks Amid Colin Kaepernick Rumors
The Seattle Seahawks have signed Austin Davis to add depth at quarterback behind Russell Wilson, the team announced Monday. This move will raise eyebrows after Seattle passed on signing former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick in a "strategic decision," per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.