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Bengals Bytes (3/26): Marvin Lewis upbeat about current direction

This has been one of the more lively offseasons of Marvin Lewis’ career in, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

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TDBH: Extension puts Peko in rare company
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Upbeat Lewis salutes changes
For once, Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson appear to be happy at the same time. They hugged when they saw each other at Sunday’s first day of the NFL meetings and Lewis kidded him, “Now I get two-word texts and the phone doesn’t ring at 6 a.m. Things must be good.” Jackson, head coach of the re-stocking Cleveland Browns, nodded and said they are. And Lewis is delighted with the start to his 16th season as Bengals head coach.

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