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Bengals Bytes (7/14): Kick start

What’s in store for the Bengals’ kicking game? How did Steelers CB Artie Burns’ arrest fly under the radar? And looking ahead to NFL training camps.

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Bengals Bytes:

Burleson's best WR duos: Nos. 10-6
NFL Network's Nate Burleson breaks down Nos. 10-6 of his best wide receiver duos.

Elliott Aims To Kick Start NFL Career
The Bengals had 11 draft picks this year. Their first round selection, wide receiver John Ross, ran the fastest 40-yard dash in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine. Their second round pick, running back Joe Mixon, looks like he has Jeremy Hill’s body with Giovani Bernard’s feet. Both of them should be able to help the offense immediately.

Simulation gives Bengals decent shot at winning AFC North | WKRC
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reigning AFC North champion and on paper have a team more than capable of repeating, but the Bengals are given a decent chance to unseat them, according to a simulation of the 2017 season run by SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh.

Corey Dillon criticizes Hall of Fame process, insists he’s getting snubbed | Patriots Wire
Corey Dillon wants to make a trip to Canton, Ohio, to see the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And he wouldn’t mind killing two birds with one stone by making his first trip to the Hall for his own induction. But the former New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals running back, who had 11,241 rushing yards and 82 rushing touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry, feels his career isn’t getting the credit it deserves.

Corey Dillon slams Terrell Davis’ Hall of Fame credentials | Broncos Wire
Former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon doesn't like Terell Davis making the Hall of Fame before him.

Chad Johnson, Megatron among best WR prospects I've scouted -
Megatron. Ochocinco. Julio Jones. Those are just a few of the WRs Bucky Brooks has had a chance to scout during his nearly two decades in the business. See his ranking of the top 10.

A.J. Green Gives Back to UGA by Endowing Two Scholarships
A.J. Green left his stamp on the University of Georgia’s football program as a playmaking pass catcher. He now has built upon his legacy, not only as an NFL superstar, but also through his generosity to UGA. Earlier this year, he received UGA’s 2017 Young Alumni Award for his selfless attitude.

Eye on the O-line: Bengals looking to improve up front
Training camp is just a little more than two weeks away, and the chatter is kicking up around each and every NFL team and all of their idiosyncrasies. In the Bengals’ case, focal point No. 1 figures to be the offensive line, and Pro Football Spot this morning took a look at that question.

Bengals 50: Bob Johnson, the first draft pick and first retired number
Bob Johnson holds two important distinctions in Bengals history: He was the club's first draft pick, at No. 2 overall in 1968, and he is the only player to have had his number formally retired.

Bengals 50: Greg Cook, the greatest Bengal that never was
After starring at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals coach Paul Brown drafted Bearcats quarterback Greg Cook No. 5 overall in the 1969 draft. "He was great," said Homer Rice, Cook's coach at the University of Cincinnati. "The first year as a junior, he didn't have it all together mentally and I challenged him on that part and that he also had to really work to be good and we could be good. He worked all summer on things I gave him to do and he came back and he was strong and he was passing, he was a leader, and he was everything you'd want in your quarterback.

AFC North Bytes:

Le'Veon Bell? David Johnson? Ezekiel Elliott? Ranking every team's RB situation
Ranking running back groups is a tough task. Depth is obviously important, but if a team has a proven workhorse back, is having extra backups all that important?

Ron Cook: Artie Burns shows his entitlement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Artie Burns’ arrest in Miami Beach June 29 went virtually unnoticed here. That was hardly a surprise. You might say Pittsburgh was a bit distracted. Fans still were celebrating the Penguins’ second consecutive Stanley Cup win and were trying to get over their tearful goodbyes to Marc-Andre Fleury.

Browns fans think tight ends can combine for 1,000+ yards in 2017; intrigued by Taylor McNamara - Dawgs By Nature
Will tight ends see a bigger role in Hue Jackson’s second year with the Cleveland Browns? 71% of fans believe David Njoku will have an good/average type of season receiving-wise as a rookie.

Random Bytes:

Le Docteur | The Players' Tribune
It was a late night in the ER at Montreal General, when two police officers walked in with a suspect in cuffs. One of the officers had suffered a bad gash on his arm while making the arrest and needed stitches... When I introduced myself to the officers, the injured one immediately perked up. “Aren’t you that NFL player from McGill?” he asked. “It has to be you!”

Ranking college football's top 130 players for 2017. | Sports on Earth
Media days have begun, preseason practice is nearing and our seven weeks of preseason position rankings are finished. That means it's time for an annual Sports on Earth tradition: a comprehensive ranking of college football's top players.

Samuel L. Jackson REALLY didn’t want the Patriots to win Team of the Year at the ESPYs -
That’s the issue Falcons diehard and very famous actor Samuel L. Jackson faced when presenting the ESPY for Team of the Year. One of the nominees was the New England Patriots, and Jackson was not about to let that happen: Can you blame him?

Non-moving teams to rake in $55 million from Rams, Chargers, Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The Rams and Chargers and Raiders are adding value to their franchises by moving. But it's lucrative for the teams staying put as well. According to Darren Rovell of, each team in the league that isn't moving will get $55.

Predicting the MVP for each NFL division -- New England Patriots Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers? That's easy. But picking the most valuable player in the other divisions got a little more complicated for NFL Nation.

Behind the Glass: Carson Palmer gives 'players' coach' definition -
Is Bruce Arians a players' coach? What about Pete Carroll or Marvin Lewis? Carson Palmer joins the "Dave Dameshek Football Program" to discuss what a "players' coach" might actually be.

Top 5 Training Camp Battles to Watch - NFL Videos
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks of the Move the Sticks Podcast break down what position battles they are keeping an eye on entering the 2017 season.

NFL business - What will and what won't happen over next three seasons 2020 future power rankings
A change in Roger Goodell's power over the NFL? Not happening. Guaranteed contracts for players? Likely not. Sponsorship logos on NFL jerseys? Count on it. Kevin Seifert predicts issues that will be solved and problems that will remain in three years.

Biggest Question Every NFL Team Must Answer in Training Camp | Bleacher Report
The return of the NFL is nearly upon us. Can I get an amen? Dallas Cowboys rookies are scheduled to report in five days. With the Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals set to kick off the 2017 season with the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3, NFL fans are only three weeks away from competitive football.

Best late-round fantasy football running back values -
Every season, a few running backs rise from the late draft rounds to become league-winners. Matt Franciscovich identifies some of 2017's top fantasy football values like C.J Prosise, and James White.