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Bengals Bytes (5/12): First look at the rookies

The Bengals 2018 rookie class took the field for the first time since joining the team.

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Sam Hubbard already turning heads at Bengals rookie minicamp
It didn’t take long for Sam Hubbard to have an impact on the Cincinnati Bengals. Hubbard, one of the team’s third-round picks out of Ohio State, put on a show Friday during Bengals rookie minicamp.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Quinton Flowers switching to RB
Coming out of high school in Miami, Quinton Flowers said ‘no.’ Heading to the NFL Combine after wrapping his career at the University of South Florida, Flowers repeated his stance, again saying ‘no.’ But after not getting drafted while 13 other quarterbacks heard their names called, Flowers knew it was time to finally say ‘yes’ and he will make the switch from quarterback to running back.

Projecting most like Bengals rookie flop
The Cincinnati Bengals addressed holes in their roster with their selections in the 2018 NFL Draft. Considering last year the team spent high picks on offensive playmakers, this season the team plugged holes in the roster with positional players. As it is too early to know what each rookie will become in their NFL career, the class overall looks like a good haul for Cincinnati.

For Bengals rookies, transition from college to NFL officially begins this weekend
In the past two weeks since the NFL draft, Jessie Bates did his best to stay focused on preparations for rookie minicamp with his new team. Like the other rookies, the Cincinnati Bengals' second-round draft pick wants to make a good first impression in his first workouts as a professional.

Quinton Flowers gets his shot with the Cincinnati Bengals
Legacy. It’s an important word for Quinton Flowers. Little was given to the Miami native, and nearly all was taken. His father. His mother. His stepbrother. On the field, he could’ve played at Alabama. At Florida. Or Texas. But he’d have to give up something else, and no small thing: his football identity. To many, he was too short, too inaccurate, too “athletic” to be a major college quarterback.

Flowers, Worley lead CFA list
Born in New Orleans … moved to southern Nevada to live with relatives after Hurricane Katrina and was named to the state’s first team as wide receiver and second team as cornerback while at Basic High School in Henderson … Stayed in his adopted state to finish as UNLV’s second all-time receiver … Had a 94-yard TD this season: Scout’s take: “Bigger possession receiver type. Not a burner (4.59 40) but solid hands with a very productive four-year college career.”

Flowers looks to bloom in a new spot
Quinton Flowers, who once threw a pass to Chad Johnson early in his career as one of the greatest quarterbacks Miami ever produced, is soon to take a handoff from quarterback Andy Dalton at some point as one of the Bengals’ more intriguing experiments. Not this weekend, of course, when only the rookies gather for the weekend minicamp that begins with Friday afternoon’s practice. And maybe not until training camp, when the numbers and the reps and the day of the week play havoc with the rotation.

Quick hits: Small world for Bates; Flowers busy; Put Price in No. 53; Four picks sign
Billy Price couldn’t wear his Ohio State number of 54 because it’s retired for the first Bengal ever drafted in center Bob Johnson. So the team wanted him to go a slot down to No. 53. No problem for the Bengals’ first-round pick

Lewis Press Conference Transcript 5/11
“It was good to be out there this afternoon with the young players. I thought we had a good start to the weekend. When you have roughly a team and a half, we were able to get the number of plays we need to do a lot more teaching. (We were able) to come together and get some good 11-on-11 work for evaluation purposes. Literally, this camp is to try to move the draft picks along mentally as quick as we can — to give them a jumpstart to playing NFL football mentally.”

Rookies offer first glance
The Bengals held their first practice of rookie minicamp Friday and not much of it is going to translate to the Opening Day roster. The center, Oklahoma State’s Brad Lundblade, is a tryout guy. The quarterback making the majority of the throws, Toledo’s Logan Woodside, hadn’t been to Paul Brown Stadium since was a virtually toddler. Billy Price, the first-round pick, could only watch an undrafted free agent playing out of positon take center stage as South Florida transplant Quinton Flowers lined up in three different spots and caught punts before practice after a career as one of college football’s most prolific college quarterbacks ever.

AFC North Bytes

Browns plan to sign undrafted free-agent quarterback Brogan Roback
The Browns plan to sign undrafted free-agent quarterback Brogan Roback, a league source told the Beacon Journal/ on Thursday. The move is not expected to become official until Monday. Roback, 6-foot-2⅞ and 213 pounds, finished his career at Eastern Michigan University last season with a completion percentage of 58 to go along with 8,653 passing yards, 57 touchdown passes and 38 interceptions. He also rushed for five touchdowns.

Ben Roethlisberger reaches out to Rudolph, all is right with the world
There are some stories which feel more fabricated than real. While Ben Roethlisberger’s comments regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers selection of Mason Rudolph in the 2018 NFL Draft were a bit off, they likely didn’t require the media attention it garnered over the past week.

Random Bytes

Mark Ingram's Suspension Sets Up Alvin Kamara to Snap the QB MVP Streak
Saints runners Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram spent much of last season doing postgame interviews as a duo. It was cute. And swell. It was also tactical. It was Kamara's way of showing respect for his running back mentor, and it was Ingram's way of showing the rookie that he had his back.

NFL 'Satisfied' with Bills' Investigation of Russ Brandon Misconduct Allegations
The NFL released a statement Friday saying it was "satisfied" with the Buffalo Bills' investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against former team executive Russ Brandon. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network provided the league's statement after Brandon resigned from his role as president of the Bills and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres last week.

Jalen Ramsey Deletes 'Pick Waiting to Happen' Tweet on Josh Allen Minicamp Throw
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey tweeted and deleted a negative comment regarding Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen on Friday. As seen in the following screenshot courtesy of Sporting News, Ramsey tweeted, "That's a pick waiting to happen," in response to a tweet by the Bills showing Allen throwing at rookie minicamp