Report: Bengals made ‘strong push’ to retain Paul Guenther
Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals seem like they made a great hire with new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. A new report, though, the Bengals didn’t gun for Austin before making a big effort to keep Paul Guenther in town.
Bengals focused on extensions for Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap
The Cincinnati Bengals have plenty of things to deal with this offseason, though one of the top priorities sounds like it will be extensions for Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. Both veterans are unrestricted free agents in 2019 and it isn’t uncommon for the Bengals to get out in front of negotiations like this with star players.
Joe Mixon grades as one of NFL’s top second-round picks in 2017
Mixon ran for 626 yards and four scores on a 3.5 per-carry average over 14 games, numbers that don’t do his efforts justice considering he had to work behind a line that got an offensive coordinator fired after two weeks and ensured an offensive line coach didn’t come back — and don’t forget Marvin Lewis’ insistence on prioritizing Jeremy Hill.
Marquis Flowers: Bengals 'mad disrespectful' for trade to Patriots
A sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, Marquis Flowers played in all 16 regular-season games as a rookie but missed the entire 2015 season with a shoulder injury. He played every game of the 2016 season, but totaled just seven tackles. Flowers was traded in August by the Bengals to the Patriots for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. And he Tweeted this past week that he, in fact, asked to be traded or released.
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Tony Jefferson made a gutsy and thus-far successful Super Bowl prediction
Those that like to bet on football might want to keep Baltimore Ravens safety Tony Jefferson on their Twitter feed. Jefferson posted a pretty gutsy Super Bowl prediction, while adding a little swagger to the mix. And he’s been right on the money.
Browns need post-Joe Thomas plan “pretty soon down the line”
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas raised the possibility that his playing days are over in November, citing his health as the determining factor in whether he decides to play a 12th NFL season. Thomas tore his triceps last October, forcing him off the field for the first time since he entered the league, and is expected to be cleared for football activities in time for training camp. He also has knee and back issues and said this week that they are his bigger concern when it comes to continuing to play.
Todd Haley, Steelers had successful run but needed a clean break
Nearly three months later and the merit of a Steelers QB sneak is still a major topic in Pittsburgh, just one example of an apparent lack of synergy between Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley, who's out as offensive coordinator. Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show that he can't check into a sneak when the team isn't huddled up. If given the chance, Roethlisberger said he would "love to" run the play, a willingness he expressed when asked about the concept in late October. When told of Roethlisberger's take around midseason, Haley looked puzzled, saying, "Ben said that?"
Jaguars vs. Vikings: The Super Bowl We Don't Want but Probably Deserve
Jaguars vs. Vikings sounds like an early-October London game with a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff (6:30 a.m. on the West Coast!) that you didn't even know was on the schedule until noon, when you realize you forgot to add Kyle Rudolph to your fantasy lineup. Blake Bortles vs. Case Keenum sounds like a Thursday Night Football quarterback showdown scheduled against baseball's ALCS, a snoozer that ends in a 22-13 final score thanks to seven field goals. Who won? Who cares!
Tom Brady Limited at Practice After Suffering Injury to Throwing Hand
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was limited at practice Wednesday with a right hand injury, the team announced. Brady jammed his throwing hand after getting accidentally run into, according to the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, who added that X-rays showed no structural damage.
NFL Requiring Reporters to Provide Race on Super Bowl Media Pass Application
The NFL is requiring media members to disclose their race when they submit applications for credentials to cover Super Bowl 52. According to the Washington Post's Jacob Bogage, reporters "for years have been asked to provide either a Social Security number or passport number and a photo for security checks for the game but have not been asked to specify their race, a field that is mandatory in the online press pass application form."