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The Bengals have several Ohio State players on their roster after rarely taking advantage of the pipeline of talent across Ohio.

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Looking at Darqueze Dennard's extension costs
Following the breakout season of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, the team decided to place the fifth-year option on the former 2014 first-round pick. Even with the departure of former cornerback Adam Jones, Cincinnati looks to have a dangerous secondary this coming season. Dennard will resume his role as the slot cornerback, and cornerbacks William Jackson III and Dre Kirkpatrick will resume the outside positions in 2018.

Hubbard’s career changed in dodgeball, led him to Bengals
Sam Hubbard was engrossed in a dodgeball game during his high school gym class when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer walked through the door. A lot of heads turned, including his. And his sports career took a very different turn.

Ohio State’s Chris Worley reveals why he chose Bengals over other offers
Ohio State’s Chris Worley didn’t just want to stay local — he wanted to join a Cincinnati Bengals team that made him feel welcome and like he has a chance to make a final roster. The Bengals didn’t draft Worley with one of their 11 picks in the 2018 NFL draft but were quick to contact him near the end of it — along with 10 to 12 other teams.

Ohio State trio blazing fresh path to Cincinnati Bengals
When asked how many Ohio State Buckeyes he can name that played for the Bengals, new Cincinnati linebacker Chris Worley’s list didn’t go very far. “A.J. Hawk,” said Worley, one of 10 undrafted free agents who officially signed with Cincinnati on Friday. After that, the connections require a deeper dive into the mental archives, especially for somebody who just put ink to paper on his contract hours prior.

Slants and screens: Price puts in full day despite injury; 3 more sign
Billy Price isn’t going to face a defensive tackle before training camp begins in two-and-a-half months but that didn’t stop him from staying on the field longer than anybody else Saturday during the middle day of the Bengals rookie minicamp. Price, the Bengals’ Opening Day center, is doing all the things a first-round pick should do even though he’s still rehabbing from an early March surgery to repair a partially-torn pectoral muscle.

AFC North Bytes

Andrew Hawkins on Baker Mayfield: ‘I don’t think he’s going to play’ in 2018
At least one former Cleveland Browns player believes Hue Jackson when the Browns coach declares Tyrod Taylor will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2018. During an appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” wideout Andrew Hawkins was asked how much No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield would play as a rookie.

BALTIMORE: Ravens Seek to Win Back Fans in 2018
So, it stands to reason that when a team makes a significant move at the position, it will trigger a buzz. Enter the Baltimore Ravens. When the Ravens jumped back into the first-round to select Lamar Jackson, the message was clear – this will no longer be the same old Ravens. Things are about to change. Thankfully.

Random Bytes

Anthony Lynn of Los Angeles Chargers to receive bachelor's degree from UNLV
Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn finished something he started nearly three decades earlier -- his college education. Lynn was six hours short of achieving that goal at Texas Tech in 1992 as an exercise sports science major. On Saturday in Las Vegas, he walked down the aisle to receive his bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from UNLV.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley Drops Rap Album 'The Autobiography'
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is carving out a second career as a musician, dropping his debut rap album title The Autobiography on Saturday.

Every NFL Team's Biggest Remaining Offseason Need
Across the NFL, free agents have been freed. Draftees have been, well, drafted. And apparently bad turns of phrases are running rampant. From coast to coast, scores of players have either changed teams or found the first of their NFL careers. Areas of need have been addressed. Holes have been filled.