BX: Uphill climb for Böhringer, undrafted free agents to make Bengals
Moritz Böhringer loves pasta. The smile when relaying that fact on the face of the German international player assigned to the Cincinnati Bengals tells you all you need to know about how he attacked his transition from receiver to tight end. Since being drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings out of the German Football League in 2016, he’s built up almost 20 pounds, so he can change positions from wide receiver to tight end.
Daugherty: Cincinnati Reds, Bengals missing out on millennial audience
To his friends, he might seem a fossil. Andrew Naab is a 25-year-old who loves the Reds. He has been to 21 consecutive Opening Days, which is nothing compared with the 34 straight his parents have attended. He recalls the Findlay Market Parade of 2003, when grand marshal Sparky Anderson pulled him from a crowd of adults, signed an autograph and posed for a picture.
Could Bengals make a trade before the regular season
When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in the first-round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he was expected to be the successor of left tackle Andrew Whitworth. Ogbuehi had time to sit behind the Pro Bowl tackle and yet has yet to prove he is worth starting on either side of the line. He has missed time in all three seasons due to injuries and being benched.
UDFA Chris Worley talks why he chose the Bengals
Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley not hearing his name during the 2018 NFL Draft was a surprise to even some of the top analysts. However, it didn’t take long for Worley to make a decision on where he would sign as a UDFA. Worley chose the Cincinnati Bengals for many reasons over other offers and is the highest paid rookie free agent earning around $13,000.
Notebook: Rookie backer eyes Tez as camp breaks; Home base
The Bengals finished off their rookie minicamp in Sunday’s one-hour workout but they’ll be back at Paul Brown Stadium Monday morning to mix with the veterans in their workouts for the first time. That’s when Connecticut middle linebacker Junior Joseph, an undrafted rookie, is hoping to meet another undrafted linebacker. The 6-0, 229-pound Joseph, a top 15 tackler in Huskies history, hopes to glean some tips from Vontaze Burfict.
More than locker mates
They don’t know what is more amazing. That they both got out of Liberty City and into an NFL camp? Or that when they got there, Mark Walton, and Quinton Flowers were lockering next to each other? “No. 32 and No. 34,” says Flowers, No. 34. “There’s a reason for everything.”
AFC North Bytes
How former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington is advising Browns No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield to approach his rookie season
As a new mentor of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, Chad Pennington has advice to share with the No. 1 overall draft pick for almost every situation he’ll encounter as a rookie. But Pennington’s main messages boil down to this: Continue to work like an underdog and focus on football instead of building a brand.
Tim Benz: Steelers have revamped views of defense before
But back in the early 90s, the Steelers pioneered the movement of signing and drafting players as outside linebackers in their 3-4 defensive scheme who were previously ends in a 4-3 scheme. Kevin Greene was one in free agency. Jason Gildon and Joey Porter were two in the draft. Largely, the job is the same. The title of the occupation is just different. As a 4-3 end or a 3-4 outside linebacker you go get the other team's quarterback.
Matt Miller's NFL Rookie of the Year Rankings Entering 2018 OTAs
To win Rookie of the Year, you need moments, stats and impact. Rookie of the Year isn't about being the best player—and for that reason no offensive linemen are listed here—but about which rookie can catch the eye of voters. To do that, you need to play a position where you're touching the ball or getting after the quarterback.
Eli Manning fraud trial starts today
As noted by ESPN.com (and as we previously explained here, but that was a couple of weeks ago so it makes sense to post a reminder), jury selection commences on Monday in the civil fraud trial against Manning. The claim arises from the contention that Manning deliberately provided non-game-used helmets for sale as certified game-used helmets.
Former Seahawks HC Chuck Knox Dies at Age 86
Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox died in hospice care Saturday at the age of 86, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Knox had been diagnosed with dementia. He spent 22 seasons as an NFL head coach in stints with the Los Angeles Rams (1973-77, 1992-94), Buffalo Bills (1978-82) and Seahawks (1983-91).