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Bengals Bytes (6/7): Getting a shot

All Boom Williams wants is a shot with the Bengals. The Steelers take a field trip instead of practicing. Shareece Wright takes a costly trip to practice.

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Slants and screens: Dalton zeroes in; Collinsworth sees images of JB; Tackles impress
In his first appearance at Celebrity Waiter Night, Alex Erickson found out why the people have kept coming back for the last six Junes in downtown Cincinnati for the biggest fundraiser in the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation. The mother had the answer. The mother who spoke Monday night about how her child had been stricken with Leukemia and how the foundation, quarterbacked by the Bengals quarterback and his wife targeting ill children and their families, had literally won the day.

Recess In The Stadium
Cincinnati Children's host Recess In The Stadium at Paul Brown Stadium.

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

Last week of Bengals' OTAs brings competition -- and push-ups
The Bengals introduced a new form of competition during their OTAs this week. During team drills, either the offense or defense got a point for each play they "won." The losing side had to do push-ups. The offense ended the first period of team drills on a high note, when quarterback Andy Dalton found Alex Erickson wide open down the sideline in what looked like a blown assignment by the defense. But it was the offense doing push-ups after that segment, likely after some earlier drops by the receivers.

Joe Mixon of Cincinnati Bengals, Adrian Peterson of New Orleans Saints to work out in Houston
Bengals rookie Joe Mixon said he plans to spend at least two weeks training with Adrian Peterson in Houston following the conclusion of Cincinnati's minicamp next week. "It'll be fun," Mixon told ESPN on Tuesday. "He's going to push me and I'll push him." Peterson is co-owner of Houston health club O Athletik, which opened last year.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick returns to practice after sitting out first 2 weeks of OTAs
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick returned to practice after sitting out the first two weeks of OTAs with a fractured hand.Kirkpatrick had his hand wrapped up in a cast during the last two weeks, but had downsized to a brace by Tuesday. He participated in positional drills but stood on the sideline and watched during team drills.

Boom Williams taking his shot with the Cincinnati Bengals
Former Kentucky running back Stanley “Boom” Williams doesn’t worry that he’s the smallest player on the field. And he doesn’t worry that he’s one of seven running backs attempting to make the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster this summer. He’s just taking it all in.

Cincinnati Bengals kickers Elliott, Bullock go head to head
For the first time in the three OTA practices open to the media, kickers Jake Elliott and Randy Bullock went head to head Tuesday. The competition ended in a draw. And a perfect one at that as both kickers went 4 for 4 from distances of 41, 37, 48 and 44 yards.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens could target WR Eric Decker if he hits free agent market
The New York Jets have been doing a minor purge this week. First up was linebacker David Harris. Now they are set to let wide receiver Eric Decker go at some point this week barring a last-minute trade deal.

Browns top pick Myles Garrett flashes some scary quickness in open OTA session
On the seventh OTA (organized team activities) practice, the schedule synched up so that top draft pick Myles Garrett practiced in front of an open media session for the first time. “How’d he look?” beamed coach Hue Jackson. In a word: impressive. Keep in mind this is still touch football in shorts and helmets and there is not supposed to be a lot of physical contact. But on one play, Garrett exploded out of a four-point stance from right end, dipped under a block attempt from rookie left tackle Rod Johnson, and was in the backfield in the blink of an eye -- though the running play went to the far other side.

Mike Tomlin Cancels OTAs to Take the Steelers to Dave & Buster’s
Who says Mondays aren’t fun days? For the Steelers, this one certainly was. Instead of taking the field for a scheduled OTA practice, they headed to Dave & Buster’s at the Waterfront for arcade games and team building. … Coach Mike Tomlin has made it an annual tradition to give the players a day off during OTAs, a day for them to have fun and build camaraderie that will come in handy during the dog days of training camp and into the season.

Random Bytes

Shareece Wright paid $632 for an Uber to go from Chicago to a voluntary Bills practice Veteran cornerback Shareece Wright signed with the Bills in May, and he was set on making it to the team’s voluntary workouts during OTAs. The problem was that Wright was in Chicago, and the Bills are in Buffalo. So Wright called an Uber.

Kirk Cousins contract talks with Washington Redskins taking encouraging tone
While it doesn't mean there will be a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, there has been an improved, encouraging tone in the contract talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, league sources told ESPN.

One reason for the positive outlook is that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has gotten involved, making it known how much Washington wants to re-sign Cousins.

Ex-49ers CB Tramaine Brock Charged with Domestic Violence, Child Endangerment
Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock has been charged with felony domestic violence and misdemeanor child endangerment, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area and Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to Branch, the domestic violence charge stemmed from Brock "allegedly punching and trying to strangle his girlfriend," while he was charged with child endangerment because his girlfriend was holding their one-year-old child during the alleged assault.

Odell Beckham Jr. Desire for New Contract Reportedly Reason for OTAs Absence
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been absent from New York Giants OTAs due to his "desire for a new deal." Schefter reported the reasoning despite nobody in Beckham's camp publicly confirming the motivation.