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Bengals Bytes (2/2): Can Cincinnati learn something from the Eagles?

The Eagles went out and made a ton of moves in free agency. Could the Bengals learn that these moves can lead to a productive season?

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The Broo View: Bengals can learn from how Philadelphia Eagles turned things around
Super Bowl LII is Sunday. One of the usual suspects will participate. The other, to quote a former Bearcats head football coach, is a "progress in work." The Patriots would be the former. They're in the grand finale for the eighth time in the last 18 years.

Cincinnati Bengals fans questions answered by Paul Dehner Jr.
Coming out of a wild January for the Bengals featuring the retention of Marvin Lewis as well as gutting and reformation of the coaching staff, questions abound about how this offseason will unfold as the Bengals come off their first back-to-back losing seasons since 2007-2008. During this week’s BBP we ran through a few Twitter questions before power ranking the 64 box of Crayolas and everyone learning my disdain for plant colors. As for Bengals matters, let’s dive in.

Cincinnati Bengals pending free agent Jeremy Hill tweets goodbye to Cincy
Don't expect to see Jeremy Hill in a Bengals uniform in 2018. Hill, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, appeared to tweet a goodbye message to Cincinnati on Wednesday. "Been one hell of a ride Cincinnati on to the next chapter," he wrote above a video of highlights from his Bengals years.

Way-Too-Early Mocks: 2018 NFL Draft
February just began and the early versions of Mock Drafts are starting to be churned out. You can expect plenty of changes to these mocks before the 2018 NFL Draft (April 26-28), especially with the Scouting Combine being held February 27-March 5. Coverage of both events can be viewed on NFL Network.

TDBH: Cadillac motors past Thurman for Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year
Middle linebacker Odell Thurman, a second-round pick out of Georgia who helps lead the Bengals to their first division title in 15 years, arrives here today a few days before the Super Bowl as a finalist for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams carries away the hardware from a group of star-studded defenders such as Thurman, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware, Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

Collinsworth: Super announcer or player?
The regal Tony Dungy, the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame coach who schemed against Cris Collinsworth before joining him in a network blazer, didn’t need to take an epoch Super Bowl half-time show to answer this puzzler. Is Collinsworth a better analyst than he was a wide receiver during eight seasons with the Bengals in the ‘80s? Now’s a good time as any to ask. He went to three Pro Bowls as a player and Sunday (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) he’s calling his fourth Super Bowl.

AFC North Bytes

Should the Ravens target WR Sammy Watkins?
The Baltimore Ravens receiving corps, statistically, were one of the worst units during the 2017 season. This group struggled to create separation, catch the ball and make plays. The only receiver who had some sort of production last season for Baltimore was Mike Wallace. It is worth noting, the only receivers under contract for the Baltimore Ravens for the 2018 season, as of right now, are Jeremy Maclin, Tim White, Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore. In addition, Quincy Adeboyejo is an exclusive rights free agent. While, Michael Campanaro and Mike Wallace are set to be unrestricted free agents.

Ryan Shazier released from hospital after Bengals game injury
Shazier's legs went limp after making a head-first tackle on wide receiver Josh Malone during the Bengals-Steelers game Dec. 5. He was carted off the field and hospitalized at University of Cincinnati Medical Center before being moved to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At UMPC, neurosurgeons and team physicians performed spinal stabilization surgery on Shazier. He will continue outpatient therapy, according to the hospital.

Random Bytes

Rob Gronkowski Cleared from Concussion Protocol Ahead of Super Bowl
Rob Gronkowski has passed the final step of the NFL's concussion protocol, making him eligible to play in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The tight end confirmed he was good to go Sunday, per Will Brinson of CBS Sports. The tight end told reporters he'd have no restrictions for the game.

Tom Brady MVP Acceptance Speech Appears to Leak at Patriots Press Conference
The MVP award and other individual awards will be handed out Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. While the leaked speech would constitute a spoiler, it's not like Tom Brady was any sort of underdog for the league's highest honor. According to OddsShark, he's a 1-3 favorite to win MVP, with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (2-1) the only other player listed.

Super Bowl Prop Bets Quiz: Real or Fake?
There are thousands of bets you can make. Of course, lots of them are boring, like whether the coin toss will land on heads or tails, or what color Bill Belichick’s hoodie will be. Some are less boring. One place even lets you bet on how many times we’ll hear “dilly-dilly!” during the game, setting the over at 13-plus—or, at least, it did until so many people took the “over” that it removed the bet.