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Bengals Bytes (1/26): Marvin Lewis takes his first steps into another run with the Bengals

Marvin Lewis is back, and as he is checking out the Senior Bowl participants it officially starts his 16th season with the Bengals.

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Tight ends on display for Bengals at Senior Bowl
As the Bengals staff takes in this week of Senior Bowl practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, every player gracing the North and South rosters draws attention and evaluation. Unfortunately, one storyline of the week are the 30 invitees that dropped out almost as much as those in attendance. Underneath the hype evaluating every throw and drop back by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and potential top-five pick Josh Allen of Wyoming, is a position group of particular interest to the Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is ready for another run
Pitched forward, forearms on his knees, Marvin Lewis laughed behind dark sunglasses and underneath a black baseball hat. Andy Reid, seated to Lewis’ right, smiled with him. The two men are about to enter a combined 36th season as head coaches on NFL sidelines in 2018, Reid celebrating his 20th season overall and sixth in Kansas City, Lewis his 16th in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals not leaving, despite speculation, owner Mike Brown says
The Bengals don't have plans to leave when the team's lease at Paul Brown Stadium expires in 2026, Bengals owner Mike Brown told The Enquirer. A Hamilton County politician's recent speculation on the Bengals' possible departure perturbed Brown, he made clear in an interview.

Bengals check out the story
Bengals linebackers coach Jim Haslett has spent the season trying to get a handle on his own players. So as he got settled at this week’s Senior Bowl practices it had slipped his mind that Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin has only his right hand. Just as well. When Griffin met the press during one of his countless availabilities this week, he quietly slid what’s left of his other hand into the right sleeve of his warmup jacket and kept his arms in front of him. You wouldn’t have known and if you did you wouldn’t have cared. And you’ll forget when you’re watching Saturday (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network) while Griffin plays for the South against the North.

TDBH: Long-shots Adam Jones, Peerman make it eight Bengals in Pro Bowl
Cornerback Adam Jones, who misses two seasons because of a series of off-field problems, and running back Cedric Peerman, cut three times before finding a home in Cincinnati, complete improbable journeys today when they are named to the Pro Bowl. That makes eight Bengals headed to the NFL all-star game in Hawaii for the AFC North champions that tied a franchise-best with a 12-4 record. It’s the second most Pro Bowlers in club history behind only the nine of the legendary 1988 AFC champs.

AFC North Bytes

Report: Josh Allen Will Interest Ravens If Available at No. 16 in 2018 NFL Draft
The Baltimore Ravens reportedly have their eyes on a potential quarterback of the future. On Thursday, Benjamin Allbright of 104.7 FM in Denver reported the Ravens "would be interested" in using their No. 16 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen if he was available.

Cam Heyward: Saying the Steelers lack discipline is 'a load of crap'
Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward is a little bit lonely at the Pro Bowl. Sure, he has eight teammates with him, but seven of them are offensive players and the other is place kicker Chris Boswell. He’s the only Steelers defender who will play in the game.

Random Bytes

Mike McCoy Reportedly Will Be Named Cardinals Offensive Coordinator
The Arizona Cardinals reportedly will hire Mike McCoy to be their offensive coordinator and are "working out a deal," according to Ian Rapoport of He'll join new head coach Steve Wilks and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb on the staff, per Art Stapleton of The Record.

Vince McMahon Announces Return of XFL, Will Debut in 2020
He announced that the league will launch in 2020 with eight teams playing 10 games apiece in the regular season prior to a four-team postseason. McMahon also said the following regarding how games will be presented, per WWE's official Twitter account: "Our approach to presenting games will be multi-platform, which will allow us to engage fans and customize the viewing experience in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago."

NFL Network Says Former Employee Consented to Behavior in Sexual Harassment Suit
NFL Enterprises has responded to the recent sexual harassment lawsuit made against the NFL Network denying all claims while asking for the case to be thrown out, per TMZ Sports. The response claims that the plaintiff, Jami Cantor, "approved, consented to, authorized, and/or ratified" all of the alleged misconduct.

ESPN Exploring Sale of FiveThirtyEight
By the time mid-term election season really heats up, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight will in all likelihood have a different platform than ESPN. The Big Lead has learned that ESPN is exploring its options to sell or otherwise divest from the brand.

South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert could be top TE of NFL draft
MOBILE, Ala. – Dallas Goedert grew up in a one-stoplight town of 1,200 in South Dakota, a blinking red to slow down traffic at a four-way stop. It’s one of the few landmarks in tiny Britton, amid the three convenience stores, the VFW Hall and Tyler’s Motel. A Subway opened up four years ago, but Goedert needs to drive 60 miles to Aberdeen to eat at the nearest McDonald’s.

The greatest players in Super Bowl history
Anthony Munoz might be the best offensive lineman in league history. He's also the only Hall of Famer who's played his entire career as a Bengal. Munoz is the lone player on this list who didn't experience a Super Bowl win, but the Bengals almost surely don't reach their pair of near-miss losses to the 49ers without him.