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Bengals Bytes (4/5): Dave Shula makes his coaching return

Former Bengals head coach Dave Shula is back in the coaching game.

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Dave Shula: Ex-Bengals coach will coach Dartmouth's wide receivers
Dave Shula hasn't coached in 22 years - since the Cincinnati Bengals fired him during the season in 1996 after a 19-52 record in five-plus years with the team. Before the NFL, Shula played college football as a receiver at Dartmouth, and will now coach receivers at his alma mater.

TDBH: Bengals grab three first-rounders after trading No. 1 pick to Pats
After BYU quarterback Steve Young turns down their five-year, $3.5 million offer for an unprecedented $40 million deal from the USFL last month, the Bengals trade the NFL Draft’s first pick this afternoon to New England for the 16th and 28th picks in the first round to go with their own seventh pick in the May 1 first round.

Marvin Lewis wants Dre Kirkpatrick to fix penalties issue going into 2018
Lewis expects one of his top defenders to clean up his play going into 2018. Dre Kirkpatrick has had plenty of bright spots in his career with the Bengals, but he's also been a major liability far too often, and part of that has been due to his frequent penalties.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens Studying Ways to Prevent Injuries
The Ravens have made significant investments in staffing and technology to examine how they can stay healthier throughout an NFL season. Of the league’s eight teams with the most injuries last season, only the New Orleans Saints made the postseason. Of the eight healthiest teams, seven made the playoffs.

Steelers re-sign running back Stevan Ridley
Ridley spent the first several years of his NFL career with the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Last year, in just two regular season games, Ridley carried the ball 26 times for 108 and 1 rushing touchdown. He started the season finale vs. the Browns.

Ravens sign Robert Griffin
Griffin spent last year out of football, after his lone season with the Browns. He spent 2012 through 2015 in Washington, a team that ultimately devoted three first-round picks and a second-round pick to acquiring him. Griffin became the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year, but a knee injury originally suffered against the Ravens derailed Griffin’s career.

Cleveland Browns Scribbles: What's with Josh Rosen and Jim Mora? -
Former UCLA coach Jim Mora seems to have some problems with the Cleveland Browns, Josh Rosen, or both. Mora also said Rosen "needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn't get bored. He's a millennial. He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they're good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire."

Ravens announce partnership with UP2US Sports
The Baltimore Ravens are working to improve the community using sports and coaches. Through the Ravens' investment UP2US Sports will also be able to launch its Americorps program in Baltimore which will hire, train and support more than 200 sports coaches to become life skills mentors.

Random Bytes

2018 NFL draft - Ranking the six teams mostly likely to trade up for a top quarterback
The Patriots acquired the 23rd overall pick -- their second in the first round -- in exchange for Brandin Cooks. Could they be getting ready to move up the board for the next Jimmy Garoppolo?

Trades make this year’s draft look very different in New England
In the last couple of years, the Patriots have not had high draft picks. This year will be much different. In 2016, New England forfeited its first-round pick because of Deflategate and moved down from the second-round pick it received in the Chandler Jones trade to acquire more picks.

NFL launches investigation into alleged leak of Titans uniform
The NFL is investigating a photo that appeared on Twitter claiming to be the Titans' new uniform design, which the team will officially reveal Wednesday. The Titans and NFL have no official comment on the possible jersey leak or ongoing investigation.

Frank Ragnow – the forgotten superstar of the 2018 NFL Draft
Senior Analyst Sam Monson takes a look at just how dominant Arkansas center Frank Ragnow has been over his four-year career with the Razorbacks, and why some may have forgotten about him as we enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Patriots haven't had Rob Gronkowski trade talks
One collateral effect of the New England Patriots jettisoning Brandin Cooks is the trade rumors involving tight end Rob Gronkowski should dry up.

NFL Draft 2018: J.T. Barrett was QB at Ohio State and will be in NFL too
J.T. Barrett isn’t a top quarterback pick in the NFL Draft. But he’s beaten the odds before. His last game in scarlet and gray was a 24-7 cruise past Darnold’s USC in the Cotton Bowl. That was Barrett’s 38th win as Ohio State’s starter, a record at one of the sport’s great programs.

NFL to distribute Next-Gen stats to clubs in '18
The NFL will distribute its Next-Generation statistics league wide next season. The data included information such as speed of individual players, total yardage run by a ball carrier and the distance between receivers and defensive backs.